Kennedy Academy 2021 will be held between 08-12 December!

General details

The program seeks to empower 15 young Romanian students aged 18-27 to better help their communities, increase their English language ability, learn more about U.S. democratic values, and gain the necessary life-long tools to engage in civic activism and social responsibility.

Despite the spectacular ascent of the Romanian civil society sector after the collapse of Communism and the victory of students’ rights, the environment in which NGOs exist in Romania is still divided and institutionally weak, with many of the NGOs leaders lacking concrete leadership skills.

The Kennedy Academy is designed to increase the leadership skills of students and to cultivate additional skills, such as critical thinking, public speaking, team building, community building and goal setting. Due to active learning, participants will experience everything directly: they will take part in interactive workshops and simulations in English, they will speak with experts, they will visit key-institutions in Romania, and they will interact with change-makers.

At the end of the program, participants will get the chance to share their new knowledge and leadership skills with fellow students, colleagues, teachers, and others, and to initiate positive change upon their return home through follow-up activities in their NGOs, universities, host and home communities and beyond these.


The Academy aims to attract 15 young Romanian students aged 18-27, from both urban and rural areas, who are enrolled in bachelor, master or PhD studies and who are active members of civil society.


  • 15th November – 28th of November, 2021: Applications
  • 28th of November – 30th of November, 2021: Evaluation of applications + Notifications
  • December 08th-12th, 2021: Kennedy Seminar (Bucharest)

What kind of activities will you take part in?

The Academy is a mixture of workshops, speeches, discussions and institutional visits, all connected to democracy, community building and active citizenship.

Applications for Kennedy Academy 2021 are now open! Find the application form here: 



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