YOUNG EUROPEAN AMBASSADORS (YEAs)

The EU is partnering with young people in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries to raise awareness of the EU’s cooperation in the region, help develop youth policies and work together for a better future.

The Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) initiative is a vibrant European network established for that purpose, connecting active young people in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and in the EU Member States.

The YEAs foster youth cooperation in their local communities and talk about EU topics that matter. They are peer role models, they share their voice, build mutual understanding and help shape the views on the EU and its relations with the eastern neighbourhood.

The YEAs initiative was established in June 2016 as part of the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project within the EU’s OPEN Neighbourhood programme.

 

Meet our ambassadors

In 2020, there are more than 700 YEAs in six eastern partner countries, in 27 EU Member States and in the UK representing over 34 different nationalities.

Meet our Young European Ambassadors: students, young professionals and leaders who are volunteering their time to engage in hundreds of activities across the countries and online.

Romania
Alina Maria Dumitru

Alina Maria Dumitru

Student
Italy
Enrico Izzo

Enrico Izzo

Young professional (Project Management and Administrative Affairs)
Italy
Giada Gavasso

Giada Gavasso

Student
Armenia
Razmik Hakobian

Mike Hakobian

Young professional
Germany
Sophia Anders

Sophia Anders

Student
Armenia
Tatevik  Khodedanyan

Tatevik Khodedanyan

I am a young professional
Ukraine
Zhanna Sirkovych

Zhanna Sirkovych

What do they do?

The YEAs initiative offers volunteering, career building and young leadership opportunities to its network members.

EU events

YEAs contribute to policy discussions by participating in a variety of EU events, including European youth forums, Eastern Partnership conferences, EU study trips and seminars across the region and in the EU Member States.

Expert trainings

All active YEAs can participate in regular training sessions online, to learn about key EU topics straight from the experts that deal with these issues on a daily basis, including EU officials, diplomats, journalists, representatives of civil society and companies. The trainings are aimed at building YEAs capacity to understand the EU cooperation better and hone practical skills that can be later used in their own voluntary work.

Click here to learn more about RECENT AND UPCOMING EXPERT TRAININGS

YEAs trainings

As part of their activities, YEAs themselves can become trainers, mentors or advisers within the initiative so they are able to transfer their knowledge and experience to their peers. Be it an Erasmus+ experience, or EU project job, or taking part of EU cooperation in any other way, the YEAs are the best people to talk about their own experiences.

Community events and active engagement online

However, the initiative is mostly built around YEA’s own ideas and actions that address different key issues linked with the EU in their communities. Talks, workshops, ideathons, pub quizzes, meetings, school visits, fairs, Europe Days or Instagram live debates, online bingos, social media campaigns, vlogs, takeovers and much more - these are just some of the examples of the close tp 500 activities that the YEAs have carried out throughout the years.

Browse a full LIST OF ACTIVITIES here below to see what the YEAs have been up to:

Read their stories

Our YEAs come from diverse backgrounds and speak for themselves.

Read their INSPIRING STORIES here

Erasmus plus
story

Erasmus+ and ESC: How International Participants Faced the Pandemic of Covid-19

While the EU was trying to handle the global warming problem and migration crisis, the pandemic of SARS-Covid-19 caught everyone unawares. In a few weeks, the priorities of the EU policy to partner…
Anastasiia Mirza 03 June 2020
Davit Bibileishvili
story

What does Europe Mean to You?

Nowadays when the world, including Europe, is fighting pandemic solidarity and togetherness in distance are essential to overcome this unprecedented challenge, defend our common values, defeat the…
Davit Bibileishvili 27 May 2020
©YEAs Ukraine
story

The Virus of Disinformation

Is the information that I am reading at this particular moment the real one, or is it another piece of fake news or someone’s new conspiracy theory? Shall I check it before sharing it? As a student…
Viktoriia Omelianenko 20 May 2020

Connect on Facebook

Are you interested in what is new, what kind of EU opportunities are out there and how to link up with your peers in another country? YEAs are also the driving force behind a dedicated Facebook group ‘Young European Neighbours Network’ that welcomes everyone interested in connecting with young people in the Eastern Partnership countries. Currently 6,500 users strong, there are daily updates and inspirational posts in English featuring on the group wall.

You can become the newest member of the FACEBOOK GROUP here

How to become a Young European Ambassador?

  1. Are you between 16-26 years old?
  2. Are you from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine or from any of the EU Member States?
  3. Are you active and interested in connecting to your peers in those countries with the common goal of explaining the EU better in your communities?

If so, please read the selection criteria and FAQ here

Then, send us an Expression of Interest by FILLING IN THIS SHORT FORM.

Once received, our Regional and National Focal points located in the EU and in all of the six eastern partner countries will get in touch with you and advise you of the next steps.

In general, the application process is simple and consists of completing an application package, taking a short quiz, liaising with the National Focal Points and participating actively in YEAs activities.

We accept new applicants four times a year, at the end of each quarter, but you can already be busy during your time as a candidate. Once you are part of the process of becoming a Young European Ambassador, we will try to connect you to a prospective mentor.

News & Stories

Photo: European Union
Belarus

From an inclusive coffee shop to sugar-free sweets: ten business ideas win EU4Youth funding in Belarus

03 July 2020
On 27 June, a third grant competition was held in Belarus to support vulnerable young people in starting a new business as part of the EU4Youth Employability and Stability project. Ten participants out of 14 received financial support of €2,000-€4,000 for the establishment of their businesses. The participants had worked with mentors for more than 100 hours to be ready to present their ideas to…