- You are a citizen of one of the European Union Member States, the UK or one of the six Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova or Ukraine).
- You are between 16 and 26 years old.
- You have a good level of English.
- You are interested in EU affairs and the partnership and cooperation between the EU and your country.
- You are interested in public diplomacy and outreach activities; ready to share knowledge, experience and information.
- You are motivated in contributing to the development of your community and country.
- You are interested in voluntary activities and ready to dedicate sufficient time to be part of civic engagement activities.
-> Please note that any activities and actions will be organised on a voluntary basis and will not involve any remuneration or title. We acknowledge that you might be studying/working, thus the YEAs initiative has been designed to be flexible.
-> Please note that you must be 18 years old to participate in activities involving international travel. Selected candidates aged 16 to 17 will be exclusively eligible for online engagement and the local activities in their respective countries.
-> Please note that the online application includes the submission of a motivational statement, either in form of a short video (1-3min) or a short written statement, as well as you taking a short quiz about the European Union (EU) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP).
-> Please note that the ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative is an inclusive initiative committed to diversity. Young people from all backgrounds are invited to apply.
-> The ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative is a non-political initiative. Any views expressed by ‘Young European Ambassadors’ do not represent the overall opinions of the ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative, the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project or any EU institutions and agencies.
1. I would like to become a Young European Ambassador. What should I do?
You can express your interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador any time. We kindly ask you to submit your expression of interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador via this link. Please, before applying, read if you correspond to the eligibility criteria required that is mentioned here above. Shortly after, the Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinator will contact you.
2. Is there any deadline for expressing the interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador?
You can express your interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador any time via this link, there is not a certain deadline for this. However, note that before getting the status of a Young European Ambassador you need to pass several stages. Please see the procedure in the next questions.
3. Once I express my interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador, will I get this status straight after I apply?
No. In order to become a Young European Ambassador you need to follow a process. The first phase is to express your interest in becoming a Young European Ambassadors. Shortly after, the Young European in-Country Coordinator will contact you. Then you will have to participate actively in YEAs activities and an induction session for the YEAs candidates, take a short quiz, fill in the application package, and liaise with the Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinator. The final phase represents the nomination step. In this phase, besides the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project assessment, your candidacy will be analysed and approved by several stakeholders such as the EU Delegation to your country and the European Commission. The process might seem to take a bit of time but it is easier than it sounds!
4. How long does the process take to become a Young European Ambassador?
New YEAs candidates will be approved four times a year, at the end of each quarter. The length of your personal application process depends on your progress as well as what time in the year you applied. It can take from one month to three months maximum.
5. I will be 16 very soon. Can I still express my interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador?
In case you will be 16 in one month after expressing your interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador, then you are able to apply. Please note that selected candidates aged 16 to 17 will be exclusively eligible for online engagement and the local activities in their respective countries, not for international travel.
6. I am 25 but very soon will be 26. Can I still express my interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador?
If there are more than six months before you turn 26 than you are able to apply.
7. Can I express my interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador as being the citizen of one of the Eastern Partnership countries but being currently based in another EU country?
Yes, you can. However, note that the decision of your selection will depend on the Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinator and other above mentioned EU stakeholders.
8. How many Young European Ambassadors will be selected during each intake?
The ’Young European Ambassadors initiative’ is a proactive one. Thus, there will be selected as many interested candidates as who will be active, show interest and will pass all the necessary stages.
9. Where can I get to know local Young European Ambassadors and how can I join them in the civic engagement activities?
After expressing your interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador and being enrolled in the mentorship programme, you will be in touch with the Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinators in your respective country. Therefore, you will receive all the guidance and details from them, including how to meet the national team or to join online/civic engagement activities.
10. What happens once I turn 27 as a YEA?
One of the determining factors of this initiative is its youth focused approach through a network of YEAs in a similar age range. Since its inception we have anticipated that YEAs are youth from 16 to 26 years old. As the majority of our civic engagement activities target youth within this age range, our YEAs age category corresponds to this effect. After an individual Young European Ambassador turns 27, they will no longer be a YEA and therefore will be unable to participate/launch any civic engagement activity or participate in international events with the programme. They will also be removed from the official communication and respective chats. However, everyone, despite their age has the opportunity to continue supporting the initiative in a new role by becoming a mentor, a trainer or in case they already are an EU4Youth Alumni. The ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ team and Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinators will discuss these options with the prospective candidates on an individual basis. We do this to maintain the overall character of this initiative and offer the YEAs experience to as many young people as possible across the EaP region and in the EU. The project and its YEAs initiative will continue to keep in touch with the former YEAs in their future endeavours as young professionals and leaders of their communities.
11. How did COVID-19 affect YEAs activities?
Because of the pandemic and different restrictions in place in the EU and EaP countries, most of the YEAs activities have moved online. Where and when possible, YEAs still organize offline civic engagement activities, following all the measures foreseen by local authorities. However, the initiative keeps its pace, and there are a lot of events, webinars, workshops, networking and awareness-raising activities, etc. You can check out the list of YEAs activities here.