Indonesian Youth Conference

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In early 2009, Alanda was appointed to represent Indonesia in Global Changemakers’ 3rd Global Youth Summit (formerly called Global Changemakers Guildford Forum 2009), organised by the British Council and the World Economic Forum, which is a one-week programme consists of capacity building sessions and project management training. At the end of the forum, all participants were asked to propose an idea of a Community Action Project (CAP), and Alanda’s proposal was to establish the Indonesian Youth Conference (IYC). The idea was born out of the dream of having a universal platform for young people in Indonesia to speak up, pursue their aspirations, and follow their passion. In March 2009, Alanda started recruiting the start-up team, drafting proposals, and preparing for the first IYC ever.

Since 2010, IYC has been annually organised, comprises two programmes:

Forum, in which IYC biennially invites youth activists aged 15 to 21 years old from 33 provinces of Indonesia who have demonstrated an extensive record of activism, volunteering, and leadership activities in their respective provinces. The participants are given the privilege to attend a three-days programme consists of project management training covering a wide range of issues for free. By the end of the programme, the participants are also asked to present an idea of a project that they would like to implement in their respective provinces to strengthen their communities. IYC then oversees the implementation of the projects for two years until the next Forum IYC commences.

Festival, which is a one-day event consists of seminars, workshops, exhibitions, music and cultural performances. The event is opened for public and upholds the vision that young people should be able to positively contribute to the nation by following their passion. The topics vary from anti-corruption, pluralism, environment, education, to creativity and sports. In 2010, there were 16 topics, down to 14 topics in 2011 and 2012.

To date, IYC has directly impacted more than 3,000 young people through its main events and indirectly impacted 50,000 people through the media and its smaller events. It has received the IPA Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards 2011 for People’s Choice category. IYC’s successful implementation of utilising the social media has been used as a case study by the Global Changemakers Social Media Toolkit.

 To know more about IYC, go to its websiteFacebook page, or follow @IndonesianYouth. You can also e-mail the team to contact at indonesianyouthconference dot org.