Highlights of the CYF 2021
The Presidents' Roundtable
A discussion on navigating Youth-related Challenges in Hungary
Review: Key Findings 2021
Zsófia Rácz
Deputy State Secretary for Youth Affairs in Hungary
Conference on the Future of Europe
#TheFutureIsYours #StandForSomething #youth2030
Career Fair & Exhibition Area
NGO's, youth organisations and companies showcased themselves.
Ambassador Katalin Bogyay
President of the United Nations Association of Hungary
#IDSA #youthdiplomacy #genZ
Changemakers Leadership Program
Our pilot program was a successful pre-event to the CYF 2021
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CYF 2021
The Presidents' Roundtable
A discussion on navigating Youth-related Challenges in Hungary
Key Findings 2021
Zsófia Rácz
Deputy State Secretary for
Youth Affairs in Hungary
Conference on the Future of Europe
#TheFutureIsYours #StandForSomething #youth2030
Career Fair &
Exhibition Area
NGO's, youth organisations and companies showcased themselves
Ambassador
Katalin Bogyay
#IDSA #youthdiplomacy #genZ
Changemakers Leadership Program
Our pilot program was a successful pre-event of the CYF 2021
Read more
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Highlights
CYF 2021

Students & young professionals registered for CYF '21
200 +
Different nationalities were represented among CYF '21 registrants
45
Free sessions, panel discussions & interactive workshops were hosted
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Networking events with free wine tasting for CYF '21 attendees
0

CYF 2021
Program Booklet

You can still review the CYF 2021

program booklet here:

Quick Recap & Overview

On the 16th of October 2021, the first-ever Changemakers Youth Forum (CYF) took place in Budapest amidst an enthusiastic group of young leaders, youth organisations, stakeholders, and a lot of curious young people in Hungary who were there to learn, network and discuss solutions to youth-related challenges.

After several months of planning and organising, the GiLE Foundation facilitated the co-creation of the CYF, together with Pact4Youth Hungary, International Diplomatic Student Association (IDSA), V4SDG, and Erasmus Student Network Hungary. Our core organising team was further supported by AIESEC in Hungary and Simonyi Károly Szakkollégium, as strategic youth partners of the CYF.

We collectively brought to life an international platform that offers plenty of skills development opportunities and which provides young leaders and youth in Hungary with safe spaces to share their opinions and engage stakeholders on youth-related challenges.

The highlights for CYF 2021 is shared under the following headings:

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1. Opening Plenary + Keynotes

After much anticipation, the Chairperson of the Changemakers Youth Forum (CYF), Mr Craig V. Johnson, officially opened the forum. Mr Johnson touched on the purpose and long term strategy of the forum, and he also elaborated on why it’s crucial to have platforms that promote youth engagement and youth participation.

 

Mr Johnson noted that the forum is under the patronage of the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO, and he thanked the forum’s co-creators and strategic youth partners for their contributions and efforts.

Keynotes:

Jan Peloza

President at the European Youth Card Association.

Ambassador Katalin Bogyay

Diplomat, President of the United Nations Association of Hungary.

Jacques Spelkens

Board member of CSR Europe.

Ambassador Katalin Bogyay

Diplomat, President of the United Nations Association of Hungary.

Jan Peloza

President at the European Youth Card Association.

Jacques Spelkens

Board member of CSR Europe.

During the opening plenary session we were treated to inspiring keynotes from:

 

  • Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, President of the United Nations Association of Hungary, spoke about youth empowerment, youth training and leadership programs at the United Nations. The Ambassador elaborated on the importance of having young people contribute to creating innovative solutions and driving social progress.

 

  • Jan Peloza, President at the European Youth Card Association (EYCA), joined us virtually from Slovenia to speak about why young people should make an impact. Mr Peloza introduced EYCA, discussed the European Union’s young engagement campaign, #StandForSomething, and emphasised the role of youth in changing the future to a more sustainable one.

 

  • Jacques Spelkens, a Board member of CSR Europe, shared several insights about corporate social responsibility from a CSR Europe perspective as well as internally from within companies who need young people to develop. Mr Spelkens emphasised the important need for change and why we need to work together, through co-elaboration, to collectively develop solutions.
2. The Presidents' Roundtable

Another feature event that took place at the CYF was The Presidents’ Roundtable when several young leaders from impactful youth organisations shared the stage to discuss social issues and youth-related challenges in Hungary.

 

Each leader elaborated on the specific challenges that impact their organisation, and how stakeholders can get involved to play a meaningful role to address them.

 

See Key Findings 2021 below for more information.

Participants: 

Daniel Al-Nuwaihi – President of AIESEC in Hungary

Lilla Bartuszek – Secretary-General of V4SDG

Craig V. Johnson – Chairperson of the Changemakers Youth Forum (Moderator)

István Kárász – President of the Pact4Youth Association Hungary

Bernadett Pintér – President of the Erasmus Student Network Hungary

Tereza Suk – President of the International Diplomatic Students Association (IDSA)

Pál Weisz – President of the Simonyi Károly Szakkollégium

3. The Conference on the Future of Europe: The role of Youth in shaping the Future

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a year-long dialogue between citizens and the European Union. It represents a huge opportunity for young people to actively participate in shaping their future by sharing their ideas, concerns and suggestions when it comes to addressing youth-related challenges and priorities.

 

István Kárász, moderated a panel discussion and World Cafe session which covered topics such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Circular Economy, Youth in Policymaking, Innovation and Sustainable economy, Quality Education, and many more.

 

Zsófia Rácz also delivered a talk on the role of youth in the decision-making process. The Deputy State Secretary gave examples on how she engages young people to successfully incorporate their ideas and criticisms into youth policy.

Participants:

Balint Horvath – Circular Economy Regional Policy Officer, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hungary and Slovakia

István Kárász – President of Pact4Youth Hungary (Moderator)

Zsófia Rácz – Deputy State Secretary for Youth Affairs in Hungary
Tamás Rentz – Head of Sustainable Development Department at the Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Nóra Rodek – Senior Lecturer at University of Pannonia & Founder of The Rodek Method (CSR EMAT)
Jacques Spelkens – Board member of CSR Europe
4. Career Fair & Exhibition Area

The Career Fair and Exhibition area was a fantastic opportunity that wasn’t missed by attendees. The atmosphere was buzzing and interactive, and it provided young people with a meaningful opportunity to connect with youth organisations and companies looking for volunteers or entry-level professionals.

 

Attendees gained unique insights into the skill sets that are required by businesses nowadays. They discovered what HR managers are looking for in potential employees, and they also had the chance to engage with the co-creators and strategic youth partners of the forum.

 

The various youth organisations that were present also shed light on their activities and the causes they stand for.

Exhibitors:

5. Skills Development & Presentation Sessions

The following sessions were hosted at the CYF 2021:

How to Become a Changemaker

Session Hosts: GiLE Foundation & Erasmus Student Network Hungary

GenZ Diplomacy

Session Host: International Diplomatic Students Association (IDSA)

The Future of Leadership

Session Host: GE Gas Power

The Future of Freelancing

Session Host: Briefly

Youth for Sustainability

Session Host: V4SDG

Learn to Code

Session Host: Simonyi Károly Szakkollégium

The Theatre of Communication

Session Host: LathamFlow

Youth Mobility

Session Hosts: AIESEC in Hungary & Erasmus Student Network Hungary

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Session Host: MyCoLive

Think Global, Act Local

Session Host: AIESEC in Hungary

Youth-led Climate Action 4 Our Futures

Session Host: Sustainaware

New Connections: MyStory is YourStory

Session Host: HelloRobotika

6. Key Findings & Conclusion

Despite 2021 being another challenging year for all humanity largely due to COVID, it still proved to be successful for the GiLE Foundation and all the co-creators of the CYF. Throughout the year, there was direct engagement with youth organisations, young leaders, and hundreds of young professionals, graduates and students living in Hungary. And our collective efforts ultimately culminated into our inaugural CYF.

CYF 2021
Key Findings

We are proud to present our key findings on youth-related challenges in Hungary.

We are always searching for new social responsibility partners, sponsors, funders, collaborators and personal development trainers. If you or your your organisation is in a position to support our youth forum, in any shape or form, then we strongly encourage you to please get in touch with us at:

communications@gilefoundation.org

7. Acknowledgments

Thank you to all the original co-creators and strategic youth partners of the CYF.

 

We appreciate the contributions from each and every organising member who helped to plan and organise the CYF.

 

We are also grateful to all the sponsors who supported our event.

Thank you to all the supporters of the CYF. First and foremost, the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO for granting patronage to the CYF. We are also grateful to Bethlen Gabor, GE Gas Power in Hungary, EIT Health Alumni, Sustainaware, MyCoLive, Doboz and SPOT Photography for all your meaningful contributions. We also appreciate each and every person who physically attended the CYF on the day.

Events, Marketing & Communications

The following roles are currently available:

The role consists of:

  • Manage pre-event planning of events, including assisting with the promotions, logistics, and general management of events, workshops and training courses.
  • Liaise with (strategic) partners, youth networks and key contact persons where relevant.
  • Manage feedback loops and produce post-event evaluations and content to inform future events.

 

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • High level of organisational skills
  • Attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Time-management skills
  • Flexible, target-driven, and proactive.

The role consists of:

  • Launch and coordinate fundraising campaigns to support the projects and activities of the organisation.
  • Further develop an internal guideline document that briefly summarises our various types of fundraising techniques.
  • Perform risk management to minimize any risks related to fundraising.
  • Continuously explore creative ways to raise funds, including continuously searching
    for potential donors or fundraising partners.

 

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • Excellent communication and writing skills,
  • Excellent way of expressing ones thoughts, and having persuasive tactics.
  • Good written and research skills to prepare compelling concept notes to help generate funds.

The role consists of:

  • Assisting with the preparation, promotion and management of scientific conferences (hybrid).
  • Keeping in contact with speakers and presenters.
  • Managing and coordinating event logistics on the day of the event.
  • Producing post-event evaluations and feedback to inform future events.

 

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • High level of organisational skills
  • Attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Time-management skills
  • Flexible, target-driven, and proactive.

The role consists of:

  • Assist with the development and constant review of the brand and marketing strategy.
  • Ensure that the organisation’s branding and artwork for all its activities and projects is
    consistent and appropriately aligned with the Brand Standards Guide.
  • Consistently promote the organisation, its projects and its activities in an effective
    and efficient manner, together with a team, through a unified brand voice.

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • Creativity; and attention to details;

Website, Developer &
IT-related roles

The following roles are currently available:

The role consists of:

  • Create custom web experiences with the latest web technologies.
  • Ensure that the website is appealing to the target audience and catches attention.
  • Design accessible web user interfaces (UI), enhance platforms with custom style sheets.

 

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • Experience with building visually appealing websites from the design standpoint.
  • Experience in using common CMS systems, like WordPress and Drupal.
  • Comfortable with CSS and preferably has a basic understanding of popular web technologies and frameworks.
  • High level understanding of web design concepts, UI principles
  • Basic experience in app UI design (for example the UI builder of Android Studio).

The role consists of:

  • Keep website fully functional at all times, inform colleagues of any expected downtime.
  • Deploy and update WordPress ecosystem components.
  • Make sure the site’s user interface is easily accessible for most users.

 

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • Thrives in the WordPress ecosystem, is aware of new trends and has a good command of the most popular web technologies (HTML, CSS, Javascript);
  • Has a UX-first mindset, is able to create modern and accessible wireframes/concepts and iterate fast on ideas;
  • Can develop complex webpages using Theme Builders like Elementor or Divi;
  • Has experience in creating webpages with WordPress, using plugins;
  • Is able to provide technical support to all users of the website(s).

Content Creation
& Design

The following roles are currently available:

The role consists of:

  • Produce written or verbal content that is clear and persuasive for our target audience for various platforms in a way that is consistent with our brand strategy and voice (articles, blogs, podcasts, newsletter texts, etc.).

  • Assist with the development of creative ideas and concepts for advertising, social
    media, or crowdfunding  campaigns.

  • Help drive brand consistency across all communication platforms

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • Experience in copywriting for multiple social media campaigns.
  • Creative and curiosity.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with team members.
  • High attention to details.
  • Creative copy writing experience an added bonus.

The role consists of:

  • Designing unique marketing material that’s aligned with the creative direction and overall brand of the foundation and its projects.
  • Reviewing final layouts and suggesting improvements where required.
  • Ensure that the overall branding and artwork is maintained appropriately and consistently across all platforms and for all marketing and promotion material.

 

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • Demonstrable design experience across various platforms with design applications, software and technologies, such as Canva, Quark Xpress, InDesign or Illustrator, and photo-editing software such as Photoshop.
  • A keen eye for aesthetics and details;
  • Ability to translate campaigns into a visual creative direction

The role consists of:

  • Edit professional videos that are creative, engaging, and appropriately designed for our target audience.
  • Continuously discover and implement new editing technologies and industry’s best practices to maximize efficiency.

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications required, however, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • solid experience with digital technology and editing software packages.
  • creative mind and storytelling skills.

The role consists of:

  • Launch our TikTok platform, grow our audience, and maximise user engagement and growth goals with high performing content.
  • Developing creative video content from scratch/available content
  • Stay on top of recent platform trends and how they could be used to promote the organisation.

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • Experience in making TikTok or short video content creation
  • Creative and curious.
  • High attention to details.

The role consists of:

  • Proof-read and correct documents and texts for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
  • Verify factual correctness of information (e.g. dates and statistics).
  • Check and adjust text for style, readability, clarity and readability;

Location: This role can be done in Budapest (Hungary) or remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required. However, the candidate should have previous demonstrable experience.

Skills and requirements:

  • Familiarity with the proofreading techniques and tools;
  • Attention to details;