Application Deadline: January 30th 2015
“ROTA’s 7th Annual Youth Conference on Personal Leadership, Service Learning and Global Citizenship”.
Dates: 12th to 14th March 2015
Venue: Qatar Foundation Student Center
Sponsorship: Limited amount of sponsorship scholarships will be provided based on gender and regional balances.
EMPOWER 2015 is a three days event which includes a combination of seminar panel discussion, keynote speeches, small group workshops, seminars, off-site activities, exhibition and youth artistic expression.
Since 2009, EMPOWER has developed a reputation for being the first youth led conference to focus on equipping young people in Qatar to take active roles in building their communities and having a voice on global issues.
Every year the conference intends to create a platform for a larger number of students to learn and engage in ROTA’s youth development program in Qatar.
The program will aim to attract up to 450 young people between the ages of 17-26 including international participants. The main aim of the 3 days conference is to raise awareness and knowledge as well as build the capacities required to enable young people to take leadership roles in addressing local and international developmental issues of concern to them especially in the area Peaceful Societies, as the theme for this year’s EMPOWER conference.
Power speech and Keynote speeches are intended to inspire, inform and mobilize our young delegates to act on the three learning themes of the conference. Panel discussion will be a platform to inform participants about the EMPOWER theme of that year.
The workshops are aimed to be an interactive and discursive exchange between the participants and the facilitator. Seminar aims to provide participants with tools to run their projects and campaigns.
The lectures and workshops during the youth conference aim to address three themes. These include:
1. Personal leadership: Promoting personal excellence including setting goals and forward planning, having personal mission statements, marketing one’s skills and abilities, positive attitude and healthy self-esteem.
2. Service Learning: Promoting civic responsibility: a duty to one’s country, community and the world as a whole. The importance of valuing diversity; developing empathy alongside desire to help the vulnerable or to protect one heritage or the environment.
3. Global Citizenship: Promoting youth voice on social justice issues like human rights, migrant worker situation, global economy, climate change and war and conflict.
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