Peer leadership international

We are Peer Leader International (PLI), an organization of young people willing to take part, and create sustainable future for all. Our initiatives started 30 years ago under the name of MIRANTAO (small village Brazil rainforest). Through the years we have supported a numerous projects for children in Brazil, as a form of classical development aid, organized more than 20 youth meetings between Brazil, Germany and South Africa and from the last 12 years, we included more countries in our initiatives.

Our concept of work with young people is based on non-formal education, which is totally opposite to the formal way how young people learn in schools. Peers choose their own topics, methods and dimensions of work and create initiatives and activities of the size they want. The focus of the work is young people in center of learning process. Topic that are mostly chosen by peers are connected with human rights, peace, justice, fair conditions, environment etc. Peer leaders are active in many fields (they are the change-makers) and

they do all the activities on their own, from the beginning of the process until the end. They contact politicians, organize events or just do serving healthy food in their communities. They talk with ministries and influence them to help young people change bad things in education and show how their way of education works, if a group accepts diversity and works inclusively. PLI works in local, regional and global networks. They meet and discuss with each other, receive volunteers from many countries and send volunteers to different locations in the world.

We are currently (additional to free activities) a “volunteering agency of the federal state” and an extra-curricular learning place for the Ministry of Education. PLI is active in the city of Braunschweig, since January 2013.

GOLDEN YOUTH CLUB

Golden Youth Club (GYC) was founded in 2001, by Nomatlou Mahlangu, in the garage of her parents in the township area of Winterveld. GYC is a young dynamic non profit organization with a passionate vision to make performing arts more accessible to audiences in South Africa and across the world.

Golden Youth Club is constantly exploring new creative ways of bringing out the true essence of education in schools and also in communities. We are always focused on issues that affect young people in their daily lives. We reflect on them and turn thoughts into artistic performance –whether it’s a song, a dance or a play. Our aim is to convey that, regardless of where you come from, there is one language we can all understand. We do not need to speak to the same tongue, because art send the message to everyone, from one end of the globe to other.

GYC is composed in Performing Art and Peer-Leader International projects, which creates a nurturing environment that encourages cross-cultural exchange and celebrates the versatility of the human spirit.

Vision:

  • To become one of the integral leading South African group, whilst appreciating and maintaining a diversity of culture.
  • To provide a mechanism through the strategic development of the arts whereby disadvantaged youth are helped to become part of the reconstruction process in South Africa.

Mission:

To provide people a centered education and training in performing art to unemployed youth in order to develop their income generating skills and open up opportunities for further learning.

Web page: www.goldenyouthclub.org

PERPETUUM MOBILE

Perpetuum mobile – Institute for Youth and Community development strives to create a society in which young individuals are respected, successful and given opportunities to develop their full potentials. The organization was founded in the July of 2006. The Institute was created with the merging of energy and experiences of people who have been involved in the nongovernmental sector for more than seventeen years. Today, Perpetuum Mobile implements its projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond. As an organization open to cooperation it brings together a large number of volunteers and professional associates in the domain of science, politics, economics, and many other areas.

Perpetuum Mobile aims to realize its vision by operating through six strategic directions: Fight for active citizenship, Development of healthy lifestyles among young men, and gender equality, Youth political education, Act as a Resource Center for capacity development of other organizations, Strengthening and standardization of youth centers, Inner organizational development.

Vision:

A society of free and active.

Mission:

Perpetuum Mobile – Institute for Youth and Community Development is a nongovernmental organization that strives to create a tolerant and fair society through leadership, innovation, research, policy, and practice by promoting active youth and active citizenship, as well as positive life values.

Web page: www.pm.rs.ba

YOUTH DEVELOPERS COLLABORATION

Youth Developers Collaboration (YDC) is non-profitable organization which offers creative skills for youth in contemporary theatre, film, music, fashion designing, visual and poetry. YDC first began its inception in 2017, as youth theatre collaboration with youth creative workshop and performance, with the wish to expand its programs. YDC Collaboration Theatre is registered with National Theatre Association of Malawi (NTAM). The new facility of arts, house several programs on theatre and other arts and culture related activities. The grounds of the new facility will have features that also support the arts related activities of the organization.

YDC is a full service production house that operates without government subsidies. Despite this it provides theatrical performances across Malawi. Our services include stage drama performances, Theatre for Children and Young people, comedies, talk-shows, Street shows, contemporary dance shows, theatre for development (TfD), community mobilization and public awareness campaigns, theatre trainings, theatre research and theatre consultation.

Vision:

To have well informed, transformed and educated youth; creative, artistically empowered and culture preserving young and healthy generation for a productive society.

Mission:

YDC is committed to grow a strong arts community by connecting and providing opportunity for young artists and culture practitioners through a wide-range of engaging arts services.

CARPATHIAN FLOWER

NGO “Carpathian flower” is founded in September 2016 in Verkhovyna (Ivano- Frankivsk region, Ukraine) within the project of Peer Leader International.

Through our organization we give opportunity to young people, in the age of 12 - 26 years, to get to know something new in world and thereby to prepare them for a confident, engaged and open-minded life.

In the center of our work there is learning through responsible and co-working activities in the development of social responsible community projects. Young people are in the center of attention and they are the ones that develop all the projects, from the first ideas to the systematic implementation. We encourage young people and adults from different cultures to get to know each other, to exchange experiences and to participate within different social projects. Topic that are being implemented are chosen by peers and they are intersected with different areas of work, like human rights, peace, justice, fair conditions, environment etc. Peer leaders are active in many fields (they are the change-makers) and they do all the activities on their own, from the beginning of the process until the end.

NGO “Verkhovyna” is a part of the international network of youth organizations with its partners from Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, South Africa, Tunis, Malawi, Uganda, and Israel.

SOMERO UGANDA

Somero Uganda is a grass roots, community based organisation working to promote the human rights of children exploited in labour, and young women in sexual exploitation along with their male counterparts. We are organised group of young people, living and staying in the slums of Kawempe division in Kampala district, working to deal with community stigma. This was after the death of our own sister, who, at 17 years old, committed suicide due to community stigma and sexual reproductive health challenges. The young girl lived with a dream of raising money to get back to school (locally known as “Somero”) and engaged in commercial sex as a mean of saving money but did not live to see her dream. This inspired our first programs which aimed at creating a stigma free, safer place for interaction, exchange of ideas and learning from each other among sexually exploited children and young women and mobilization for educational opportunities for us and our children within the slums.

We implement projects on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support, Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), drug abuse prevention, counseling, and career guidance; child marriages, commercial sex exploitation, child labour, and child trafficking and provide information on employment opportunities, and global education, among others.

Vision:

A Uganda where children and young women achieve meaningful education and training needed for a self-determined and self-sufficient life to act as agents of social change with full community support.

Mission:

To promote and protect the human rights of vulnerable children exploited in labour and young women in sexual exploitation through education, skills training, livelihood development and reproductive health initiatives.

Web page: www.somero-uganda.org

MODEL AFRICAN UNION

Model African Union is a non-governmental, apolitical and non-profit organization. Developed and founded by the Young Tunisian Hamza Ghedamsi, Model of the African Union began as a project in the form of simulation of the work of the African Union. Organization is inspired by the spirit of unity and solidarity that is Pan Africanism. Model of the African Union is the Young and Pan African version of the African Union. Its activities affect all sectors in a global development perspective (education, health, economy, security, free movement, human rights, good governance, democracy and social justice ...) through micro-projects, conferences , forums and trainings, and especially its main annual activity: Simulation of the work of the African Union, as a continental and international activity.

Our values:

  • Respect for diversity and collective action
  • Unity, integrity and dignity
  • Priority to the public interest of Africa
  • Transparency
  • Exchange of information and knowledge
  • Efficiency and professionalism
  • Young Africans united for peace, development and progress for all

Web page: www.mua-ong.org

VISCONDE DE MAUA BRAZIL

Since 1999, Brazil young people from the area of Visconde de Maua (small place in Brazil rainforest), are active in international cooperation programs between Brazil and Germany in order to exchange experiences, skills and knowledge. These programs were mostly implemented by the efforts and cooperation with local school from Maua.

These experiences of exchanging have made huge impacts to young people from the society of Visconde de Maua, through youth activism. And now, after 18 years, we can see the results in our community. We have people starting projects for the local community, transforming our reality throw out the values learned in Peer Leader International initiatives. Our gains from this project, this experience, is a new way to see life, a different way to deal with world problems and a great way to face challenges.

Especially LEAD project develop young people and people were the ones that were engaged in developing their local communities through empowering change in the world and make positive impacts in others life.

LEAD

LEAD strategy focuses on the young generation, aiming to create a highly qualified and motivated cadre of young people, which will perceive themselves as future leaders in the Israeli society and who will be ready to take upon themselves the great challenges Israel has to cope with. LEAD puts considerable effort in locating and identifying young people with high leadership potential from all social segments and geographical areas of Israel. In order to develop these young people to their full potential and to empower their self-efficacy, LEAD has formed a unique comprehensive, in-depth program of leadership development among youngsters in the age 16-18.

LEAD's core leadership development program lasts two years and combines developing of "Leadership Identity" with acquiring cutting edge leadership tools, while raising social awareness and while demanding very high moral standards. More than 5000 candidates apply to the program each year. After an 8 months selection process only 120 of them are selected to join our core leadership development program. LEAD’s Leadership Development Program is based on 3 main courses of action: LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVE TRAINING IN REGIONAL TEAMS and PRACTICUM – INITIATE AND LEAD A SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECT.

Upon completion of the basic core training program, graduates are invited to join the organization's advanced training program which accompanies their development as leaders throughout their adult life.

Without the support of good people and organizations that identify with our goals and believe in our ideas and actions, we won’t be able to continue and do all that we need to do to succeed.

Do you want to join us? Would you like to take part in this essential effort? Would you like be part of our dream? Contact us on our contact form: www.lead.org.il/en/

Coordinators

Harald Kleem
Harald Kleem

Peer Leader International

Germany

I am founder and coordinator of the NGO Peer Leader International and consultant for global learning and participation of youths. Peer Leader International offers young people the opportunity to check their own possibilities and capacities, to learn about new things and to prepare themselves for an open-minded, cosmopolitan, committed and self-determined life. The focus is on learning and having fun by creating public-spirited projects that serve the local community.

Aleksandar Slijepčević
Aleksandar Slijepčević

Perpetuum Mobile

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Aleksndar is experienced Project Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the civic & social organization industry. He is skilled in Peer Education, Team Building, Public Speaking, Training facilitation, Design and Accounting. Strong program and project management professional, graduated from Faculty of Economics, University of Banja Luka. Very experienced in leading and implementing programs of prevention of violence and youth radicalization, CSE education and is very dedicated on change attitudes and norms of young people regarding healthy life styles, violence and drug abuse.

Olena Pototska
Olena Pototska

Carpathian flower

Ukraine

Olena Pototska, 36 years old, the co-founder of NGO Сarpathian Flower. For me, as for a former university teacher the work in the project LEAD was a challenge. I improved my listening and watching skills, learned to provide our peer leaders more space for their own ideas by asking сarefully leading questions.

Louis Zulu
Louis Zulu

Aware and Fair School Club

Malawi

My professional career is teaching Social and Development Studies and French. I have 14 years teaching experience, now working as Deputy Head Teacher at Stella Maris Secondary School. In 2012, I founded a school club which is called “Aware and Fair” under International Fair Trade Movement as a way of making students drivers of social change in their schools and communities, while still at school and even after leaving school.

Hamza Ghedamsi
Hamza Ghedamsi

Modèle de L'Union Africaine

Tunisia

As founder of Modèle de L’ Union Africaine, I always used to work on issues and topics in relation with Youth and new generations, in national level but also in the African level. Because I believe that to make a change we have to do it in a basic stage. I focused most on Human Rights issues and social rights (health, migration, equality, racism…), Education & Sciences and Social Justice.

Maik Bischoff
Maik Bischoff

Peer Leader International

Germany

I conduct projects and seminars for youth and adults regarding global and intercultural learning, diversity and peace education at the documentation center about war and peace issues. Furthermore I work within the Peer Leader International network doing local and international facilitating with young activist, who want to make change happen. Voluntarily I am active in an local antiracist movement and organizing refugee solidarity work.

Linda Nambuusi
Linda Nambuusi

Somero Uganda

Uganda

Linda Nambuusi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Social Administration. Additionally she has acquired a Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation and Statistical Data Analysis. She is passionate about harnessing the power of youth and strongly believes in the empowerment of youth to cause fundamental change in communities. Linda has undertaken several trainings organized by different organizations in Uganda including Uganda Youth Development Link, Action for Community Development, Save the Children and Huyslink Uganda, which empower her not only with skills and information, but with experience beyond expertise in dealing with children, youth and the community.

Diva Rezende Pereira
Diva Rezende Pereira

Visconde de Maua

Brasil

Diva Rezende Pereira is graduated on Tourism has MBA in Sustainable Business, environmental and is a loving person which gives her efforts to a working for a better world. Since 1999 she has been active in international cooperation program between Brazil and Germany in order to exchange experiences and knowledge between young people. She is very dedicated in working with civil society and providing opportunities for young people in order to create better society for all.

Johanna Nomatlou Mahlangu
Johanna Nomatlou Mahlangu

Golden Youth Club

South Africa

Johanna Nomatlou Mahlangu is founder and acting managing director of the Golden Youth Club. She has formed GYC in the garage of her parents in the township area of Winterveld, as a passionate vision to make performing arts more accessible to audiences in South Africa and across the world. She is also a peer educator, choreographer, curator, and counselor.

Eilav Zakay
Eilav Zakay

LEAD

Israel

Eilav is the CEO and founder of organization LEAD - Israel Youth and Young Adults Leadership development. He considers himself as a “diamond polisher”. By his words “A diamond polisher can look at a stone and see something special and polish it until it becomes a diamond. What we know how to do is see the potential of youth and help them shine like diamonds.” Through LEAD he assists community by revealing leadership potential skills among the young generation and develops skills which will generate young leaders that will lead our society towards a better future.

Corinna Michal-Gabriel
Corinna Michal-Gabriel

International coordinator

Germany

Corinna Michal-Gabriel worked several years for the NGO Peer Leader International. Lately she was the international coordinator of LEAD! As part of an initiative founding an alternative school and running the social business Educational Greenhouse, she believes that the 17 SDGs have the power to be a blueprint for peace and prosperity. She lives together with her husband and 3 smart kids in a small village in Lower Saxony.

Trainees

Kofi Acheampong
Kofi Acheampong
Germany
Nompumelelo Chantelle Malinga
Nompumelelo Chantelle Malinga
South Africa
Lydia Deborrah Banda
Lydia Deborrah Banda
Malawi
Vanja Jošić
Vanja Jošić
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Esnath Natalie Muyenza
Esnath Natalie Muyenza
Malawi
Irene Nalubwama
Irene Nalubwama
Uganda
Shai Oliveira Vaz
Shai Oliveira Vaz
Brazil
Anis Jemail
Anis Jemail
Tunisia
Florian Schulz
Florian Schulz
Germany
Njabulo Blessing Mahlangu
Njabulo Blessing Mahlangu
South Africa
Jack Musumba
Jack Musumba
Malawi
Nour Elhouda Znagui
Nour Elhouda Znagui
Tunisia
Mariia Makivnychuk
Mariia Makivnychuk
Ukraine
Malte Fredrichs
Malte Fredrichs
Germany
Tshepang Maboe
Tshepang Maboe
South Africa
Hannah Böttcher
Hannah Böttcher
Germany
Katlego Selokela
Katlego Selokela
South Africa
Katja Peper
Katja Peper
Germany
Prince Khaled Kazembe
Prince Khaled Kazembe
Malawi
Shira Yahav
Shira Yahav
Israel
Kofi Acheampong
Nompumelelo Chantelle Malinga
Lydia Deborrah Banda
Vanja Josic
Esnath Natalie Muyenza
Irene Nalubwama
Shai Oliveira Vaz
Anis Jemail
Florian Schulz
Njabulo Blessing Mahlangu
Jack Musumba
Nour Elhouda Znagui
Mariia Makivnychuk
Malte Fredrichs
Tshepang Maboe
Hannah Böttcher
Katlego Selokela
Katja Peper
Prince Khaled Kazembe
Shira Yahav

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