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Discover how you can make a difference in your community and beyond with our European Green Activist Training in Finland! Apply now!
About European Green Activist Training (EGAT)
During the EGAT course, you will learn about Green values, meet politicians and experts working at the frontline of fighting for positive change, and of course connect with plenty of other like-minded young people!
The course will give you insights into the political decision-making processes on the national and European levels, develop your skills as an activist to enact societal change, and explore how Green values promote more equal and sustainable societies.
The training will consist of four training weekends in Finland and a one-week study trip to Brussels together with young activists from other European countries.
Find out more about EGAT on the EGAT project page.
- 11-13 October 2019 – Helsinki, Finland: Welcome to the training!
During the first meeting, we will get to know each other and have an introduction to the Green Party and the Youn Greens.
We will discuss Green politics and activism at the local, national and international levels.
- 22-24 November 2019 – TBC, Finland: Europe, EU and the Greens
The second training will discuss European and global politics. We will learn about decision-making and politics in the EU and the Green movement at the European level, in preparation for the Brussels study trip.
- 1 January – 2 February 2020 – Helsinki, Finland: Climate and the Environment
We will discuss environmental and climate issues, and the politics related to these issues. We shall consider what sustainability requires of society and familiarise ourselves with NGOs and grassroots organisations working in these fields.
Brussels Study Trip
- Early March 2020 (Exact dates TBC) – Brussels, Belgium
We will travel to Brussels via bus and ferry. The whole trip will last a little more than one week in total. In Brussels, we will meet MEPs, connect with young Green activists from other European countries and learn about changemaking in an international context.
- 17-19 April 2020 – Helsinki, Finland: Human Rights, Equality and the Media
In this final meeting, we will discuss human rights, equality and how we can promote them. We will also explore the role of the media in our society. We will reflect on what has been learnt during the course and each participant will receive a diploma.
Participation in all of the meetings is necessary to take part in the Brussels study trip.
The training costs €220 in total and includes travel and accomodation costs for the training sessions in Finland, all materials, and travel and accomodation costs in Brussels.
How to Apply
Applicants must be 15-25 years old.
We encourage those who may not have previous experience with Green-related movements; membership of the Green party or other movements is not necessary to apply.
We are looking for young people with a strong will to learn and make and impact; motivation is the most important factor!
We encourage people from across Finland from all backgrounds to apply!
Please apply via this application form.
Application deadline: Wednesday 11 September 23:59
There are 25 places for the course. All applicants will be informed as to whether their application has been successful by Friday 27 September at the latest.
The course fee must be settled before the first meeting and any special arrangements must be discussed in advance.
Information on the training course in Finnish can be found here.
The course is organised by Green European Foundation with the support of Visio and Young Greens of Finland and with the financial support of the European Parliament to Green European Foundation.