European Youth Leaders Academy

Dear future Youth Community Leaders! Thanks for choosing to have this experience with us! We are thrilled that the Academy has started. Please, note that it will consist of both an online and an offline training. The online training consists of six workshops that will take place according to the schedule in the table below

online workshops

Activity Trainers and Facilitators Date Time Description
Workshop 1 - Growing as a community leader Dypall, TAATO, Warehouse 22/02/2023 17:00 - 19:00 CET The aim of this workshop is to introduce (prospective) youth community leaders to the basic concepts of leadership and community leadership and one of the foremost traits that makes for a great quality community leader: self -awareness. Community leaders should become aware of their own competencies, abilities, strengths and weaknesses, inclinations and motivations before they can lead, motivate and inspire others. This Workshop presents participants concepts and tools which allow Community Leaders to better understand themselves, as part of Understanding the Community, and share with their peers their understanding of their leadership style, strengths, limitations, emotions, beliefs, and motivations.
Workshop 2 - Understanding my community PiNA, ECHN, Warehouse 07/03/2023 17:00 - 19:00 CET The aim of this workshop is to help youth community leaders to become aware of their own community as a human group that occupies a definite territorial area, whose members have common activities and experiences, but also different perspectives and (social, cultural, value) backgrounds. Participants will practise empathy, the capacity of understanding other persons’ experiences and emotions, and learn how to display intercultural competence, valorizing diversity and building positive relationships with their peers. Being able to feel empathy and to take in the other person's perspective are two abilities through which a community leader can deeply understand their communities and make the most of its human capital.
Workshop 3 - Local challenges Materahub, GL, ECHN, PiNA, Warehouse 22/03/2023 17:00 - 19:00 CET The workshop aims to equip youth community leaders with Problem Tree Analysis, a problem-solving tool that breaks down issues into manageable chunks. It helps prioritize factors, identify interconnected causes and key stakeholders, and find win-win solutions. The process helps build a shared understanding and a sense of purpose and action. The process helps leaders develop a deeper understanding of their communities and make the most of their human capital, valorize diversity, and build positive relationships with their peers. It can also identify whether further information, evidence, or resources are needed to build a convincing solution.
Workshop 4 - Inspire, influence, motivate TAATO, Warehouse 29/03/2023 17:00 - 19:00 CET Community leaders inspire positive changes by empowering those around them to work toward common objectives. A leader’s most powerful tool for doing so is communication. Effective communication is vital to gain trust, align efforts in the pursuit of goals, explain a vision, and inspire others to act. In this workshop our participants will explore the different dimensions of communication and they will experience the power of storytelling, an ancient art which can effectively help a community leader to clarify the vision and mission of the community’s struggles and bring on board those who need to know the way ahead.
Workshop 5 - Youth participation DYPALL, ECHN, GL, Warehouse 18/04/2023 17:00 - 19:00 CET Workshop 5 develops awareness and ideas about how youth community leaders can lead projects and initiatives, gaining their peers and other stakeholders' trust and support for their community, thereby gaining meaningful participation experience. Young people participating in decisions about how a project is run and being able to shape and create projects for themselves is a key part of youth participation. This training activity puts the spotlight on future youth community leaders and sets a specific framework to show them how to come forward, make their voices heard and incorporated into decision-making through stakeholder engagement and participation, and therefore contribute with new ideas and solutions to the issues that impact their lives.
Workshop 6 - Supporting change: the Creative Project Canvas Materahub, PiNA, Warehouse 03/05/2023 17:00 - 19:00 CET The objective of this workshop is to familiarise young community leaders with the Creative Project Canvas tool, which has been developed by Materahub as a part of a previous European project. The tool serves as a means to help young leaders and their communities to visualise their action for change and gain a comprehensive understanding of the various components required to develop the idea. It also facilitates team collaboration to generate and develop initiatives and ideas through a creative and pragmatic approach. It is reasonable to consider the final workshop as the opportune moment to become aware of the different aspects to articulate to start planning the change. Please, take in consideration that this workshop aims to provide a brief overview of the tool, as it is a relatively detailed and intricate instrument that requires more extensive development time.
Some of the future Youth Community Leaders will be chosen for a week’s training in Portugal*.
More information coming soon…
*If you have not been chosen for the training in Portugal, don’t worry: there are many opportunities for everyone 😉


With the CHLaYdoscope training course you will gain awareness on the competencies which refer to the profile of “Youth Community Leader” researched in the CHLaYdoscope project and, in particular, you will learn more about the competencies, know-how, attitudes, skills, methodologies and tools that community leaders need to activate their communities, their groups, organizations, working team, for common purposes and common good. The course is divided into thematic modules, and the modules will introduce you the following topics (among others):

  • What is community leadership and how to grow as a community leader and how to understand your own community
  • Self-awareness, empathy, and emotional intelligence as important competencies to lead processes
  • How to foster collaboration, motivation, engagement among community members and the development of a shared vision
  • How to mobilize internal and external resources to translate ideas into concrete actions
  • Techniques for effective communication
  • Techniques and tools to design actions/activities/ projects that really matter to your community and to people in your city or town
  • Methodologies to co-create initiatives and facilitate processes for change

Community leadership is understood by the CHLaYdoscope project as a complex of skills, knowledge, and attitudes that enable those who actively participate within groups, local organizations, start-up teams, working teams, to guide and enhance processes of collective, social, cultural, economic growth. The Community Leaders accompany on new paths, they do not trace a road; they are not the commander (there is not a hierarchical role), but the ones who are able to facilitate processes within a group, stimulates new ways of working, who have the common good as a priority. Anyone can play this role according to his/her specific expertise and according to the specific challenge within the community

The Training program consists of 6 online live workshops for the 60 youth selected by the project.

An additional one week training, in presence, will be a further opportunity offered by the project only to 18 youths among the 60 (3 youths per organization). The selection  process of these people will be based on the motivations and the availability to travel to Portugal in the month of October 2023.

CHLaYdoscope project will finance each mobility for the one week training in Portugal within an amount covering travel to Portugal and accommodation.

Details on this will be given during the on-line meeting which will take place with your national referent organization before the starting of the Training

If you are among the youths selected for the one week training in Portugal and unfortunately something prevents you at the very last moment from going, please let us know in time so we can give someone else the opportunity to have this experience.  Our advice is to make sure you can participate when you give confirmation.