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YOUNG SOCIOPRENEURSHP LEADERS EXCHANGE NEPAL (YSLEN)

The Young Sociopreneurship Leaders Exchange 2019 Nepal (YSLE) is an international effort, involving emerging youth professionals from Asia Pacific countries, to focus research efforts in both the sciences and social sciences on the world’s South & Pacific Regions. In order to secure youth involvement in all aspects of the, well formed, aiming specifically to network young student from all backgrounds to enable collaboration and to involve this group in outreach focused towards other young people. To help fulfill this mandate, the YSLE has developed the concept of the International Youth exchange program on Nepal & Indonesia. This program will bring together youth from a diverse set of backgrounds and nationalities to discuss the issues affecting Indonesia, their effects on a global scale and ways of addressing these issues. The program will also serve to highlight ongoing YESTD/YPDSN and IYOIN program, especially research being undertaken by youth.

The YESTD/YPDSN will focus on interactive events, on youth attendance and participation, interdisciplinary meetings and policy recommendations imagined by youth to provide a perennial framework for youth involvement in community. The YSLE will be of great importance to the IYOIN because it will serve as the principle venue during the program, where youth from many different disciplines, backgrounds and countries will be able to gather and interact. It will allow YESTD/YPDSN to showcase the work of youth to both the media and the general public at large. It will inspire many youths to become more actively involved in youth and issues, while reinforcing for those currently undertaking these endeavors the importance of their contribution. It will provide the opportunity for a highly motivated group of youth passionate about the Asia to connect, forming a network that they will be able to draw upon in the future.

Participants will see the value of program in fields very different from their own and how this work may be applicable to their own studies. Young students will have the opportunity to talk to youth living in the Asia/Nepal and learn from them the best approaches to working in communities. Young people working in community and issue will have the opportunity to interact, allowing policy workers to emphasize the need for policy relevant documents coming from the research community. Ultimately, these interactions will contribute to the next generation of YSLE researchers, policy makers and leaders being well-equipped and more willing to work together and across disciplines that have been the case in the past. This will hopefully allow them to better address some of the issues faced by the Asian Regions.

Through information provided in the cultural exchange orientation sessions, students will be assuming academic responsibility for involvement in the cultural exchange program. The goals of cultural exchange will help students: Value, understand, and respect cultural differences and similarities through an in-depth experience in another culture. Examine global connections and the interactions of varied cultures; including issues and consequences that cross cultures. Acquire and demonstrate effective communication skills to successfully interact with people of other cultures. This program particularly focuses on social entrepreneurship and youth and highlights the importance of this approach in contributing towards the development of critical skills and competencies of young people to positively engage in society, exercise leadership and become involved in social change. This positive youth development approach advocates for young people to achieve their full potential as the best way to prevent them from engaging in risky behaviour.

Over the past several years, a number of youth leadership and youth development organizations have expressed a need for the community to come together to share best practices, to discuss the needs, gaps, and challenges facing this field, and to discover ways to work together. We believed this convening of a community of experts to be a necessary step in discovering, improving, and innovating ways to advance and respond to the demands in this field; all with the intention of reaching more youth and increasing the quality of programs offered. The challenges must set on our minds as practitioners grouped in four areas: (1) overcoming current attitudes and social norms, (2) being adaptive and staying one step ahead, (3) defining youth leadership, and (4) developing shared meaning, and widening access. There was also discussion of various specific areas of practice individuals believe need further attention and improvement.

Organizations expressed a need to understand and/or evaluate what the community is doing and builds a stronger system, begin building a shared knowledge base that captures best practices, create a community of practice, a connected field to serve more youth and improve programs, help young people everywhere have access to the best youth leadership experiences regardless of organization or costs, and Inspire, energize and unleash the potential of this field and of young people.

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