The Mercator Foundation and the innogy Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft are giving EYP extra space for knowledge exchange, innovation and sustainable development. For example, project managers of past and upcoming International Sessions got the opportunity to meet each other in Berlin in February. Find out some of the new ideas they are planning to implement in their sessions!

The immensely growing EYP network needs to be supported with knowledge, resources and fruitful exchange of ideas to ensure the sustainability of its activities for a long way forward. The EYP International Office is striving to support the network through capacity building events, also in the Eastern Partnership countries.

Nathan Hunter (UA) is an EYPer who has been fundraising more than 5,000€ per year for EYP through his company's Social Responsibility Programme. Having finished his term as the president of Europe’s largest student-led policy institute, thriving as a trainer in the EYP, getting a first class honours from King’s College London, obtaining his MSc in HR Management, performing spoken word poetry for two TED talks, and completing Apple's leadership program in their 8th largest store worldwide, Nathan is now a Global Trainer for Appian, a low-code business app development platform.  

One of the best ways to improve an organisation? Invest in people. This is why, this autumn we’re planning few capacity building events to provide training courses and enable knowledge-sharing for EYP members from all around Europe.

During the first weekend of October another Train-the-Trainer event took place, this time for the Belgian Understanding Europe project in Brussels. The project strives to engage students in an open discussion concerning the current European issues and topics and to provide a basic understanding of the European Union.

The EYP Summer Academy is an international training event gathering representatives from all 40 EYP member countries aiming to support their work in their National Committees by providing training modules for their board members. The Summer Academy will take place from 16th -19th September in Wannsee, Berlin. Every EYP National Committee can select two Board Members to participate in this international training event, designed to strengthen the capacities in the network.

From May 20-22 a capacity training for new EU Crash Course trainers took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The project is implemented as a cooperation of the Understanding Europe team at the Schwarzkopf Foundation together with European Youth Parliament Azerbaijan in order to establish a basic understanding of European politics amongst pupils in the Caucasus region to enable them to have a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of the EU and its neigbour countries.