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Mr. Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, launched the Youth Leadership Programme with the aim of empowering young people from around the world. The Youth Leadership Program recognizes the potential that youth have to invoke change in their community especially in the field of SDP.

By providing opportunities for youth to develop and exercise their leadership skills, this programme not only contributes to their personal development, it can further strengthen a community’s capacity to build on its strengths and respond to pressing community needs.

The 10th Youth Leadership Camp of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace takes place in Florida. It is organized in collaboration with the Global Action Initiatives LLC and the non-governmental organization Right to Play. The camp will be held at the world famous IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Outcomes and Objectives

 Utilizing the power of sport and play the YLP will help youth gain practical leadership skills to inspire and invoke change. Youth will create this change by:

Enhancing the quality of SDP programs in their organization.

Increasing the number of organizations in the community that are aware of how sport and play can contribute to development and peace.

Increasing the number of people in the community that are participating in SDP.

 To help youth promote this change, the Camp will encourage youth to:

Reflect on their own perspective and approaches to development.

Explore different strategies of using sport as a tool to inspire change in a variety of development areas, including most notably the MDGs.

Identify and problem-solve barriers to implementing SDP programs in their communities.

Share strategies, approaches and best practices in sport for development and peace.

Learn to advocate for sport for development and peace.

Create standards to guide the development and implementation SDP programs.


Using participatory facilitation techniques the program will favor an experiential approach to learning. This methodology gives youth a chance to reflect on the lesson at hand, to connect their learning to real-life situations, and to apply their knowledge to their communities. Youth will not only be active participants in their own development but they will also support the growth and development of youth from other countries. Through numerous partner organization presentations, leadership tasks, play-based activities and group discussions, youth will learn to maximize the transformative power of sport and play.


Participants will be between 18 - 25 and originate from, Argentina, Barbados, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, USA, Nicaragua, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Granadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico.


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