The Young Leaders for Peace project is the foundation of the YFP program. Through this project youth are able to build their capacities to impact society. In the Young Leaders for Peace project youth reflect on their own behavior, and get acquainted with concepts of morality, solidarity and responsibility. They learn ways to peacefully deal with conflict, and reduce stereotypes and discrimination. Youth also gain leadership and practical skills to become active for their communities and society. Young Peace Leader Groups are formed and supported through capacity building and financial resources to do their activities. The Young Leader of Peace project is progressively working from personal development, critical thinking, social analytical skills and leadership and organizing skills, so that they are able to work in their communities, orphanages, schools, slums, and other poor areas.
Young Leader for Peace project has been working in three areas in Cambodia such as: Battam Bang (In Battam Bang we have a contact person to work in a sub-office), Takeo (In Takeo we have a contact person to work in sub-office), Phnom Penh. Each area we choose 50 participants to join. In this year 2010 we have 150 students (150 students = 17 groups) and each group has been implementing the project such as:
Battam Bang: 6 groups (Feed fish, garden building and plant tree in secondary school, grow mushroom, Basin construction in primary school, and reconstruction road and house building)
Takeo: 5 groups (Feed fish, garden building and plant tree in primary school, youth give up school, domestic violence)
Phnom Penh: 6groups (Plant vegetable, feed the hence, garden building and plant tree, health and hygiene children education).
Training courses for a year. Below is the process of YLP project:
Building Good Self (18 hours)
Culture of Peace (18hours)
Leadership and planning (18hours)
Field trip to national museum, Toul Sleng, and resort.
Community Development (12hours)
Community Need Assessment (12hours)
Proposal Writing (12hours)
Community Facilitation Skill (12hours)
Project Implementation in Community by student groups
After the students finish Leadership and Planning, they have to establish a group or club (each group has their own structure such as: vision, mission, core value, ground rule, structure etc.). When they finish Community Need Assessment, they have to do CNA and find realistic problem in community. They have to analyze the realistic problem and write the report; especially they have to keep the information for writing proposal.
After they have finished successfully in proposal writing training course, they have to write the proposal and submit to YLP project. YLP project will support each project about 400$-500$.