Lausanne (RWH) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that applications are open for the sixth generation of the IOC Young Leaders programme. The programme supports young people in the development and implementation of social projects that use sport to solve issues in their communities.
Any young person aged 20 to 28 aiming to leverage the power of sport to make a positive difference in their community can apply until 20 October 2022 and register for the compulsory initial four-week Learning Sprint as the first step in the application process. Once this step is completed, and based on the project idea submitted, 25 IOC Young Leaders will be selected to benefit from a comprehensive four-year programme, providing them with funding, network support, tools and expertise to become successful social entrepreneurs and make a positive impact through sport.
Since 2017, the IOC Young Leaders have delivered 141 sport-led projects, directly benefitting more than 35,000 people. The programme has empowered 90 Young Leaders from 66 countries. In addition, 18 IOC Young Leaders serve as IOC commission members, reinforcing the position of young people in decision-making on the future of sport.
In 2021, Canadian bobsleigh push athlete Oluseyi Smith, sixth at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games with pilot Justin Kripps, joined the International Olympic Committee IOC Young Leader Programme with a sustainability project.