The people behind the International Youth Initiative Program (YIP) call their concept a ‘new kind of education’. The program is aimed at young adults aged between 18 and 28. The one-year-long, full-time program is designed to help young people learn to develop initiative, to pursue common objectives and thereby to come to known themselves better. The initiators were inspired by anthroposophy and believe that community in conjunction with individual growth leads to the development of the necessary conditions for reality to emerge from ideas.
For this purpose, the participants live together for one year accompanied by mentors. Each week is organised according to a particular theme (for example, ‘playing to change the world’ or ‘from complexity theory to the food revolution’), and workshops are set up to develop the theme. The participants also spend one month in a placement abroad in a socially and environmentally sustainable organisation. In addition, the participants organise the annual ‘Initiative Forum’ – a conference for visionaries. Alongside preparing for internships, the Forum and workshops, the participants work on their own projects where they learn social entrepreneurship. However, the people behind YIP are less interested in ensuring that the participants have successfully completed a project by the end of their training, and instead aim to accompany the participants on their paths towards developing into responsible and self-confident young people.