Course dates:

March 2022

Applications open until 6 February 2022

Background Information

I’m very interested in this programme. Am I eligible to participate?

In order to participate in the YouLead programme, you must be between the ages of 15-18 years old at the time of the programme and you must have a high working level of English (reading, writing, and speaking). All reading materials, discussions and workshops will be in English.

Do I need to have previous experience or knowledge about this topic in order to be considered for the programme?

No! No prior experience or knowledge about mis- and disinformation is necessary. The purpose of this training is to work with young leaders who are interested in learning more, and empowering them with the tools and know-how needed in order to tackle this difficult subject. We are looking for participants who will be actively engaged, bring unique perspectives and work to share this knowledge with their circles or communities after the programme is finished.

Are you only selecting participants from certain key countries?

We are accepting participants from all parts of the world, but please be mindful that we will be holding our workshops at times when most of the world is still awake (around 12:00 - 15:00 Central European Time). This may mean that participants in the Americas will have to wake up a bit early, and participants from eastern Asia will need to stay up a bit late.

What is the estimated time commitment for participating?

Since the time window for this programme is relatively short (3 weeks) it is considered to be an intensive “crash” course. Participants will be responsible for reading articles, watching videos, and listening to podcasts about the topic on their own time throughout the course of the school week (roughly 3 hours of content per week). There is also some extra time required for participants to coordinate with their groups to complete their group projects (roughly 1-2 hours per week). Over the weekends, participants will be required to participate in live workshops, games and events that will last approximately 3 hours each day (6 hours per weekend).

The Application Process

I am eligible to participate. How can I apply?

In order to apply, you need to fill in a short application form and submit a video (max. 2 minutes, max 1GB) answering the following questions:

  • What is your name, age and hometown?
  • Why are you interested in participating in this programme?
  • How has online mis- and disinformation affected you or someone you know?
  • How do you plan to apply what you've learned from this programme in your community or group of friends?

See application form at this link.

Yes, parental consent is required for all applicants and participants, including those that are 18 years old. There is a second signature box within the application form that will require a parent or guardian’s signature.
For those participants that are selected, we will send more detailed consent forms in February 2022 that need to be signed by both the participant and the guardian in order for the candidate to be successfully registered for the programme.

Am I allowed to include special effects in my video?

Feel free to be as creative as you like! We’d love to see your skills. However, please note that the selection will only be based on the content of your responses in order to make sure that all candidates are evaluated equally.

I’m having trouble uploading my video. What could be the problem?

Please check the size of your file. Files can be no larger than 1 GB, so you may need to compress your video. All files must be either in mp4 or mov format.

When is the deadline?

All applicants must submit their forms by midnight Central European Time (CET) on 6 February 2022.

Can I start, save and complete my application at a later time?

We suggest that you complete the application form all in one go. Therefore, we suggest you inform your parent or guardian that you are working on the application prior to submitting.

If you have any questions, please contact

The Selection Process

How will the final participants be selected?

Participants will be selected based on their interest in the topic, the quality of their proposals for bringing lessons learned back to their community, and their level of English. The course organisers will also be working to ensure that the group is diverse (across ages, gender identities and geographic representation) in order to create more fruitful discussions throughout the programme.

If I am not in the top 25, will there be a waiting list?

We will also be placing 5 participants on a waiting list, in the event of last minute cancelations or complications with the selected participants. Please note that those who are on the waiting list may not be formally accepted to participate until the very last minute prior to the start of the course.

When will the selected participants be notified?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the final selection will be made in January 2022. Selected participants will be contacted at the beginning of February 2022.