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On October 16-17 Georgian Institute of Politics launched the third and fourth thematic Working Groups on the topics – The role of young people in Georgia’s foreign policy and Youth Employment.
The 3rd group of active ELS alumni will discuss possibilities for young people to have more impact on Georgia’s foreign policy, with the mentorship of Levan Tsutskiridze, Executive Director of Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy.
The 4nd group of active ELS alumni will work on Youth Employment issues with the mentorship of Lia Kiladze, Chairperson of the Board of Kutaisi Education, Development and Employment Center.
The thematic Working Groups meetings were held within the framework of the project “Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia”. It is the second component of the “Emerging Leaders School” (ELS) initiative and involves ELS graduates from Tbilisi, Shida Kartli, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi, Kvemo Svaneti, and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti.
In 2021 GIP conducted Emerging Leaders School (ELS) and trained 120 young activists, politicians, journalists, community and civil society leaders. Following the ELS training, four thematic Working Groups have been created, which will focus on specific policy areas important for young people, such as youth participation in local government, youth employment, women political participation and foreign policy.
Participation in Working Groups aims to provide active youth with an opportunity to gain deeper knowledge about policies relevant to them, formulate an opinion and advocate for change. The program will ensure that members of Working Groups are exposed to the environment of the chosen policy field, familiarize with the main actors and their positions, and will be able to further personal and professional networks of their own.
The Georgian Institute of Politics is implementing the project “Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia” with the financial support of @USAID GEORGIA.