Kennedy Academy 2021 will be held between December 14-18!

General details

This program aims to give 15 participants the chance to learn about leadership and civic engagement in Romania’s NGO sector, improve their communication skills in English and learn about democratic values that they can use to be active in the civic sphere.

Although the NGO sector in Romania has gained momentum since the fall of communism, the environment in which these organizations operate is still institutionally weak and suffers from a chronic lack of leadership skills.

Kennedy Academy for Students is dedicated to visionary and creative students who want to create tangible change in their organizations/communities. This requires not only passion, but also an understanding of the workings of civil society, the public system of which they are a part, and the nationwide interaction between and among these associations and other public institutions.

At the end of the program, students will have the chance to share their new knowledge with other students, colleagues and teachers and to put their own ideas into practice by carrying out local civic projects in their home organizations or communities.


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.

The competition is open to young people who meet the following cumulative conditions:
● have Romanian citizenship;
● are, at the time of registration, university students in any field, enrolled in bachelor, master or PhD, from rural and urban areas;
● are at least 18 years old and not more than 27 years old at the time of the start of the programme (14 Dec.2022);
● are enrolled in a Romanian student association (NGO);
● have at least an intermediate level of English language skills;
● are creative, civically engaged and have good academic results;
● demonstrate interest in the programme’s theme;
● are willing to organize at least one local civic project in January 2023;


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 2022 are now open!

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