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This will be the 12th Youth Leadership Camp (hereafter YLC) and the fourth to be held in Asia.  This YLC is hosted by the Republic of Korea City of Gwangju, the hosts of the 2015 Universiade.  This year's organizing partners are Right to Play and the Gwangju Universiade Organising Committee (hereafter GUOC).  The GUOC has taken a lead role in development of an action packed schedule for the participants of this YLC.

Participants will come from Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Salomon Islands, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Tongo. 

 Gwangju Youth Leadership Camp Organizers

Through hosting the Universiade, Gwangju will overflow with sportsmanship and a challenging spirit resulting in a renewed sense of community and passion against a background of peace, culture, and nature. The Gwangju Universiade will be a highly creative and economic event that combines education and culture. You are invited to be at the center of all this at the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade.

The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), based in Geneva and supported by a Liaison Office in New York, provides the entry point to the United Nations system with regard to Sport for Development and Peace, bringing the worlds of sport and development closer together. The Office assists the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace in his worldwide activities as an advocate, facilitator and representative of sports’ social impact in a development context.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries around the world build essential life skills and better futures, while driving a lasting social change.

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 Gwangju Youth Leadership Camp Facilitators


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UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme

UNOSDP's Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) recognizes the potential that youth have to invoke change in their communities especially in the field of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP).  The YLP consists of four camps each year in which youth aged 18-25 who are currently working on SDP projects across the developing world come together to receive training and guadance in the best practices in the field of SDP. This program not only contributes to the personal development of youth by helping participants develop their leadership skills in SDP, but it contributes to overall community development. By providing an opportunity to develop and exercise their leadership skills, the youth participants can strengthen a community’s capacity to build on its strengths and respond to pressing community needs. 

Utilizing the power of sport and pay, 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; and,
  • increasing the number of people in the community that are participating in SDP programs.

Using participatory facilitation techniques, each YLP 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 return home 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. The YLP 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 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
  • identify and problem-solve barriers to implementing SDP programs in their communities;
  • share strategies, approaches and best practices in SDP;
  • learn  to advocate for SDP; and,
  • create standards to guide the development and implementation SDP programs.


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