The YPA Network wants to develop a culture of peace by empowering young people, promoting human rights, dignity, equality and respect of diversity through education, advocacy and other non-violent actions through projects at local and international level.
As a YPA Network we promote local and international peace building activities by young people around Europe. We want to keep this space friendly and safe for all users and encourage respectful dialogues.
Everything started in 2011 when 90 peacebuilders were selected to take part in 3 years programme with the Council of Europe.
During the project, they learned about peace and human rights, they developed local projects for peace, and they advocated for human rights and dignity.
They thus act as ambassadors for the values of human rights, peace, and intercultural dialogue, and they will also bring these values to youth work and to youth initiatives in their communities.
The participants are also committed multipliers involved in an organisation or network, institution and/or informal group. Last, but not least, the participants are young people looking for a better world where a different peace is possible!
The conflict situations addressed by the participants are those where communities are experiencing or recovering from armed conflict, terrorism, frozen conflicts, racism and aggressive nationalism and hate speech.
Discrimination and human rights violations experienced by Roma communities or young migrants and refugees are also covered by the project.
After this programme, participants created the YPAN, Youth Peace Ambassadors Network.
This network organizes trainings all over the world and anyone can join.