Training

Learning Journey into Leadership for Young Changemakers

Are you coming up with world-changing ideas but don't know where and how to start? Are you born after 1992, driven and passionate about leading the world towards a better future? Are you ready to join a diverse group of peers on a learning journey?

An initiative of cinfo, supported by our partner Fondation Botnar, this programme helps you sharpen your vision, grow your leadership style, and develop the skills you need to make a positive difference.

Entirely free of charge, the Learning Journey into Leadership is aimed at young people, especially "future changemakers", who intend to launch a project to bring positive change in their living or working environment. Those who have already started such a project may be accepted in some cases.

We offer this online learning programme once a year, from 2021 to 2024, with up to 70 participants in each cohort.

Expected take-aways

Upon completing the programme, I know in which direction I wish to pursue my journey: I'm aware of my drivers.
I've identified areas where I want to exercise my leadership: my vision is sharpened, discriminating, and choosing.

If you commit and participate with all your heart, the programme helps you to:

  • clarify your intentions, both on a personal and collective level,
  • identify your core values and your strengths,
  • sharpen your self-awareness,
  • develop your communication skills in a multicultural setting,
  • stimulate your creativity and your courage to step out of your comfort zone,
  • develop attitudes and acquire tools you can apply and experiment with within your own context,
  • network with a diversity of young changemakers around the globe.

I can express my vision in plain language: my mission statement is elaborated, and intention is communicated.
I've identified stakeholders to engage with and approached potential partners and organisations.
I've drafted a concrete, personal action plan for the next days, months and years.

Start date (2023 cohort)

May 2023

  • The learning journey is delivered entirely online in two segments (01 to 12 May 2023 and in October 2023), with individual and group work in between the sessions.
  • The programme requires around 50-60 hours of work from participants.

Conditions of participation

  • Participants must be under 30 years of age (born from 1st January 1993).
  • They must be nationals or residents of Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Romania, Senegal, Switzerland, Tanzania, or Vietnam. To ensure a global exchange between participants, we aim to have three to four participants from each country.
  • Participants may be studying or working in one of the countries mentioned above.
  • Technical requirements: a stable Internet connection, a computer with a camera and microphone, and access to Zoom (software).
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have never attended a similar programme.
  • At the end of the learning journey, a certificate of participation and a micro-grant of CHF 500.- will be made available to the participants who have fulfilled the following conditions:
    • participated in 80% of the online sessions (May and October),
    • submitted a concrete project aimed at improving something on the personal or the collective level,
    • attended a one-hour individual coaching session with one of our facilitators,
    • participated in an action learning group during the summer months,
    • submitted a learning report at the end of the journey.

Please note: the Learning Journey focuses on personal growth, mindset and attitudes. It doesn't provide you with ready-to-use solutions, business plans or recipes for starting your own enterprise.

Your contribution

What the programme requires from you

To ensure you and the other participants enjoy the programme's benefits, you must commit and abide by a few rules and principles. Watch the video to learn more.

Apply for the learning journey

Application for the 2023 cohort opens early February.

Interested in joining? This is what you need to produce:

  • your updated CV
  • a motivation letter (maximum 1 page)

Selection criteria

  • Candidates are selected based on their CV and motivation letter. Shortlisted candidates are invited to an individual online interview, during which they need to demonstrate their motivation and command of English.
  • cinfo ensures an equal geographical representation among the participants and a gender and age balance.
  • Candidates not shortlisted or unsuccessful at the interview are informed in writing before April 2023.

Any questions?