Cyprus Young Adult's Conference: Assets Today - the Future You
Sat 24th - Sun 25th March 2018, Limmasol
WHAT IS CYPRUS YAC
Assets Today - the Future You
Young Adult Conference (YAC) intends to create a non-formal conference where young adults can acquire Asset building skills [capacities] through a programme of specifically chosen workshop themes; community volunteerism; speech presentations; discussion and debate; networking; music and theatre, role exchange and games.
YAC has been initiated to give young adults an opportunity to learn new Assets, nurture those they have; enabling them to flourish during their transition through adolescence. YAC helps foster learning of many socio-cultural, community, environmental issues that without this additional knowledge leaves them vulnerable during their teenage growth. The message is clear! The fewer ASSETS acquired during transition a host of detrimental possibilities arise. It is consistently demonstrated that the more developmental ASSETS young people acquire the better their chances of succeeding in school, becoming happy healthy contributing members of their communities and society.
“AGENTS for CHANGE”
The 13/18 year olds who felt they could contribute to personal, environmental and community growth gaining other Assets to empower the change. This is an adult inspired conference but decision led by the young adults themselves.
YAC is not a one off event but is designed to be an Annual conference with follow up workshops through 2018 to strengthen the new ASSETS they have acquired.
- 4 Workshops with specialised trainers in the chosen topics
- 6 Presentations by 6 Young Adults on their chosen topics
- A Panel of experts for Q&A session
- Guided debates with mentors
- 5 Community Service Providers – presentations; networking game;
learning about volunteering
- A Drumming workshop
- BEACH PARTY following the close on Saturday (24th March)
- All workshop materials, canvas bag, conference t-shirt, food
- 3 Follow up workshops to be announced for 2018
- Projects for involvement with the community services
- Possibility to join the mentoring programme “Agents for Change”
- It is only 45 Eur for all of this!
Who will take part in your development?
Why was it decided the conference required mentors? The reason is many young people do not have someone they can turn to when needed; feel free to express themselves or talk; seek advice without judgment or just be listed to. It is hoped that during conference where it is appropriate a support bond between them will grow.
These selected people are experts in the topics the Young Adults have themselves chosen to talk about in their presentations and later discussions. Panelist will answer to your questions and give their point of view. They do not represent a ‘judging’ panel.
So workshop providers are the ones who will provide techniques and new skills to the young participants on the themes and topics Young Adults have selected themselves from a list of 20 topics. Each workshop session will promote inter-action, role-play, games, music, and creative innovation to attain the purpose of each workshop.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROVIDERS
Five community services were invited to join the conference with the aim to introduce the participants to community service; to gain information what they do; to have the opportunity to join in any activity the service initiates and to possibly volunteer to join or to help them. They will give short presentations and encourage networking.
University of Macedonia
Cyprus Cooperative Bank
Little Muse Theatre
Mentor/ Panelist/ Workshoper
Community Service Provider
Friends of the Earth
Community Service Provider
The Limassol Scout District
Community Service Provider
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation
Community Service Provider
Our Event Sponsors
You can support us:
- Your sponsorship would cover organizational expenses
- Support a young adult to take part in this conference (we target 15 young adults)
- Cover our expenses by providing us a service
For more information how to become a sponsor and what are the benefits follow HERE.
Are you ready to join us?
- YOU are 13-18 years old
- YOU know English reasonably well
- YOU want to develop skills
- YOU want to have fun
Who makes it possible?
Our team unites different background of experts who are passionate in youth development.
PAMELA CALVERFounder and Coordinator
LINDA RICHSocial Media Manager and Fund Administrator
JUSTINA PLUKTAITEMedia Coordinator
Worked with Outreach programmes in Australia-helping disadvantaged children. Started after school programmes and summer programmes for several schools and universities in Sydney. founded theatre schools in the UK and sydney. I have a psychology degree. A Welfare Workers Diploma I studied Psycho-drama becoming a therapist. As a director of volunteers for the Red Cross I trained volunteers for their role in the volunteer sections we worked in.As a Bahai we gain experience in working with youth in the various summer schools around the world.
Irene Pavlou, a MA holder in economics, leadership and Management, a parent of two amazing daughters, trained facilitator and junior youth animator, with a deep interest in relationships, in contributing to building vibrant communities and just institutions, now supports the wonderful vision of a youth conference in Limassol.
Hi, I’m Linda Rich, I am the Vice President of Cyprus International Women of Today, and we are proud to sponsor and support this event. I am also the facebook co-ordinator for the Young Adult’s Conference.
I have spent a long time learning and evolving through multiple ideas and plans since I was young.
My previous involvements with youth groups both in the UK and in Cyprus have helped me to appreciate our young adults.
I hope that this event will bring those attending out of their shells and allow them to grow further into their characters for the future, in an environment that is safe and non-judgemental.
The multiple topics to talk and debate about are fascinating, and I hope everyone enjoys themselves and learns something new.
I am passionate about education and youth. I have been working in educational organisations for around 8 years (University, NGO, VET school) and I am a supporter of multiculturalism, international experience, personal development, healthy living, environmental awareness and mentorship. I have experience in managing and implementing international projects, trainings and other events. I could say that I have quite some experience in marketing (e.g. social media, website). I love working with youth and support them in their exploration of world and life.
And well… I love photography, discovering planet earth and dancing; and you could find me playing some volleyball and table tennis.
Francesca comes from San Francisco, California and has lived in Cyprus since 1981. She started a successful business importing and selling speciality gifts and crafts. Her interest in self-development and holistic health lead her and a friend to start the Cyprus Mind, Body & Spirit Exhibition in 2002. Although she is no longer actively involved in the biannual event, she offers support when needed and is happy that her “baby” is growing and developing to serve more people in the Cyprus community. She is the author of fiction books for young adults (under the pen-name “Chess Capino”) and co-author (with her MD/Holistic doctor husband) of a simple book about health. Her hobbies include artwork, mosaics and dancing.
Young people face many challenges in the process of becoming happy, healthy and successful adults. They are often brimming with ideas and enthusiasm, want to offer their talents and create marvellous things. What they lack is experience and, often, positive support. A mentor can supply both. I am happy to share what I’ve learned over the years and to encourage young people to follow their dreams, be happy and have a positive effect on our society and the world.
She is a coordinator of Learning New Skills board at Cyprus International Women of Today (CIWOT).
A great philanthropist, volunteer in making impact on young people development in their entrepreneurial and personal skills. She is active member of Cyprus International Women of Today and take actions in different charities.
Young Agents for Change
This group of young volunteers who are shaping conference according to the needs of youth. They are the voice of the youth! YAC members actively participating in organising the conference.
Zachary ReastYoung Agent for Change
Harriet RichYoung Agent for Change
Saoirse ZografouYoung Adult for Change
Gisoo KoshalooYoung Agent for Change
Zachary Reast is 18 years old. In his final year at St Mary’s school Limassol and studying for A levels. He wishes to go to the UK and study Business Management. He is one of the core group of young adults.
I like to go to the Young Adults conference to meet new people. It will be nice to discuss different topics with new people as well. So many of my peers have the same opinions or are very negative or biased. I hope it will be refreshing to debate with others. I like to experience new skills and improve myself.
I’m 18, a student at Cyprus Academy of Art, currently studying Film Production.
I hope that through this event we can inspire others to look into ‘unconventional’ or ‘easy’ jobs in the future. And with this, I hope we can teach and grow with others that it is not always a bad thing to have strong opinions, and that it can aid us in dozens of ways in our current and future paths.
This conference can change people’s perspectives globally, locally and spiritually. Bringing people from all different backgrounds together to discuss how we can make a change from the source and have an impact on the world. This conference will really show young adults how they are the roots of the world and that changing globally starts with them.
I’m 16 and a student at the Heritage School in Limassol, my main focus is music and hope to pursue it as a career in the future! I hope at this conference we can expand minds and embrace diverse thoughts; exploring different concepts, ideas of how the world works and how people perceive it. Every individual aspires to inspire before they expire so let’s give it a go!
Saoirse originally is from USA.
Topics we will also investigate during the conference.
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