By: Ekaterina Kuznetsova
Youth Time Magazine was established five years ago, with the first issue of the magazine released in October 2010. As the magazine’s President Julia Kinash says: ‘Everyone asks me how did I come up with the name of Youth Time. I thought that it was obvious that young people needed a space for realizing their ambitions, networking and getting published. Youth Time name was right to the point.’
Now, the magazine has evolved into an independent social media platform http://www.youth-time.eu/ . The website gives passionate, talented and active young people a chance to get published and share their views on culture, education, traveling, politics and other things of interest to the free-thinking youth. Youth Time means publications created by young people for young people, which creates an excellent information hub for the young, educated citizens of the world. Youth Time Magazine comes in different language versions – so far they include English, Russian and Czech.
The Youth Time Summer School event (#ytsummer) was held in Hamburg from 18 to 22 June 2015, with young activists gathering from all over the world to participate in the series of workshops designed to enhance their leadership qualities.
As Rens Saat, the project manager of Youth Time Summer School admits, the selection process was a tough one: ‘We had over three hundred applications and I felt that I was obliged to go through all of them thoroughly. We decided to give feedback to all the people who were rejected and give explanations why. You invest so much time and energy into applying and then never hear back from the Organizers. We thought – this is not fair. That’s why I spent all day talking on Skype with participants who wanted the feedback. We ended up selecting some of them who were rejected at the beginning but demonstrated so much passion and enthusiasm during the course of our Skype conversation.’
Upon the arrival to #ytsummer school, the participants had to participate in the City Quest of Hamburg and complete various tasks that gave them a better idea of the city. You can watch more on this video:
The next few days were busy with workshops led by professional trainers. The ‘Breaking Stereotypes’ workshop introduced by Adi Kolasevic engaged a lot of participants through its interactivity – the participants had to imagine stereotypes in non-formal ways. ‘Stereotypes and prejudice are part of any human being. It is natural to have them. You can hardly reach the point in life where you stop stereotyping. Essence is in understanding the nature of stereotypes and roots of the problem. This can help you to understand yourself better and be more opened to the world.’ – shares Adi.
European Youth Press board member Anna Saraste has recently explored the idea of reconciliative journalism and whether journalism is capable of fostering dialogue between the conflicting parties. Youth Time experts also looked into idea of conflict reconciliation but from a different point of view. Jaron Reisman, trainer and enterpreuner from the Netherlands invited the participants to take an internal approach to every conflict: ‘People tend to think externally but what we really need to do is look into ourselves. The core of the philosophy of my work is about going inside and exploring the conflict from there.’
‘Articulating your ideas in a right manner and presenting them in cohesive ways is essential for everyone, including young people’’ – believes Sven Anger, a professional trainer from Germany. In his ‘Art of Negotiation’ workshop, Sven taught the participants that successful negotiation becomes effective through asking questions, body language and finding good intentions in every person. ‘Start asking trivial questions, make it simple. Not the question itself but your insecurity asking the question leads to failure.’
Economic policy advisor of the EU, Dimitris Psarrakis from Greece reflected on his experiences of how the public diplomacy works and what mechanisms can trigger the effective results and sufficient organization of diplomatic practices. ‘Diplomacy is an Art. Some people have more talents, some less. But I am convinced that everyone has an ability to learn about daily diplomacy model and implement some of its techniques in their everyday lives.’
The participants of the Youth Time event enjoyed the activities and trainings. ‘Youth Time Summer School has totally changed me. I learned so many new things and started to understand myself and the world around me better. I would love to take part in future trainings!’ – said one of the participants, Rinat Kapev.
Youth Time Magazine has many plans for the future and invites youth from different corners of the world to contribute to their activities. If you want to get published e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow http://www.youth-time.eu/ website for more updates on future events and activities and do not miss your chance to participate in one of them.