International Olympic Committee IOC Young Leaders Programme

The International Olympic Committee IOC Young Leaders Programme 2023–2026 is now accepting applications. The program’s goal is to assist young people in creating and carrying out community-based social projects that use sport to address problems.

The IOC Young Leaders programme is spread out over four years to provide participants the time to complete the stages of creating a social enterprise or initiative that offers a localised sport-based solution to a critical issue in their particular communities.

The growth of the young leader and their sport-based social enterprise or project is the focus of each programme year. The learning journey covers a broad range of topics and professionals, including those who are experts in human-centered design, prototyping, ecosystem mapping, leadership skills, customer segmentation, public relations, fundraising, impact measurement, user research, user testing, digital communications, and finance.

The four-year programme uses a blended learning methodology that combines online discussions and sessions, community spaces, and in-person learning and networking opportunities. The majority of the monthly learning will take place online and will feature discussions with experts, the exchange of useful materials, link group meetings, and activities that require independent study.

IOC Young Leaders Programme 2022 Details

Company/Organisation(s): International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Program Location: Worldwide Olympic

Program Duration: Four-week learning sprint before the program

Available Slot: Several

Basic Qualifications: High school Cert., BSc, MSc

Nationality: All Nationalities

IOC Young Leaders programme What to Expect

The new IOC Young Leaders programme application and selection process for the generation 2023-2026 is launching in September 2022 with the key aim to find the next cohort of passionate IOC Young Leaders who will imagine, design and realise their own sustainable sport-based social businesses / projects.

The IOC Young Leaders Programme is part of the IOC’s long-term commitment to support young people and empower them to become social change-makers through sport, while reinforcing sport’s role as an enabler for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme is designed to best equip the selected young leaders to solve local problems through grassroots sports initiatives and sustainable business models.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for International Olympic Committee (IOC) Young Leaders programme, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:

  • Knowledge of English is a must, as all learning materials and communication will be in English.
  • A two-hour commitment per week is required to take part in weekly virtual sessions and to fulfil weekly tasks.
  • Access to a reliable internet connection and basic technology skills are necessary to navigate four virtual sessions, fill in digital feedback forms and complete weekly tasks.
  • Social media skills are required to complete weekly social media tasks.
  • Participants should be interested in learning about the Olympic Movement, Olympism 365 and sport-based social business and development.
  • Participants should be interested in applying for the IOC Young Leaders Programme after the Learning Sprint has been completed.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: The process for selecting the IOC Young Leaders for 2023-2026 consists of two stages: the 4-Week Learning Sprint and the Young Leaders Programme Application Process.

STAGE 1: Completion of the 4-Week Learning Sprint is the first prerequisite for a candidate to be eligible to apply for the Young Leaders Programme.

Registration for the 4-Week Learning sprint opens on 15 September and closes on 20 October 2022.

The four sessions of the 4-Week Learning Sprint will take place in November: every Tuesday starting on 8 November.

More details will be communicated to those who register.

STAGE 2: After successfully completing the 4-Week Learning Sprint (Certificate of Participation earned), a candidate becomes eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Programme. 

Application Deadline: December 31, 2022

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