Time’s almost up! Register now for the 9th Global Conference on National Youth Service

Registration for the 9th Global Conference of the International Association for National Youth Service closes very soon! Register now to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to learn from and network with youth civic engagement professionals from around the world. The 9th Global Conference on National Youth Service will be held at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt from 25-27 October 2010. Hosted by IANYS Permanent Secretariat Innovations in Civic Participation, in partnership with the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the IANYS Global Conference will feature specialized sessions, experienced speakers and unparalleled chances to learn from practitioners and policymakers worldwide.

Note: We have extended the registration deadline, but the discounted hotel rate in Alexandria is no longer guaranteed after 23 September 2010. Make sure to contact the Library regarding your booking by that date to ensure you receive the discounted rate. For additional logistical information, click here.

Unique Global Networking and Learning Opportunity
The IANYS 9th Global Conference is an excellent place to meet with experienced professionals in the field of youth civic engagement. The Conference promotes the discussion of experiences, resources and innovative practices among practitioners and policymakers across the globe. Attendees are expected from at least 30 countries, from Bermuda to Italy, Jordan to Namibia, and Pakistan to the Philippines(see the list on the left for many of the countries currently represented). Participants will include leaders of national youth service programs, practitioners working with young people through government and community-based programs and other experts on youth civic engagement.
Built into the conference agenda are plenary and breakout sessions designed to facilitate dialogue and learning as well as ample opportunities for reflection and networking. Through engaging sessions and networking opportunities, participants will have the chance to meet with other professionals, discuss youth civic engagement strategies and learn from varied experiences. Past conference participants have remarked on how valuable these networking opportunities have been for them:

The chance to talk to other persons, especially informally, outside of formal settings, has been especially important for me. To hear that person’s inputs as to their personal experience, it is critical.” – Therese James, Director, Barbados National Youth Service

The IANYS 8th Global Conference on National Youth Service in Paris in 2008 was an excellent experience for me. I learned a lot with the participants of this event, and it inspired me a profound reflection about the relationship between the concepts of service, volunteering, civic engagement and service-learning.” – Roser Battle, Centro Promotor Aprendizaje Servicio, Ashoka Fellow, Spain

Make sure to register soon so that you don’t miss this great opportunity to network with experienced professionals promoting youth civic engagement throughout the world.
More Details on the Informative and Interactive Sessions
We are pleased to announce more details for exciting conference plenary and breakout sessions. The 9th Global Conference will feature multi-session tracks focusing on the connection between youth civic engagement and employability and on youth service policy, as well as breakout sessions on topics ranging from how technology facilitates youth service and connects young people in learning and action to impact evaluation to service and social cohesion and more.

Global Conference participants will also have the opportunity to join site visits and case studies with community-based organizations in Alexandria. Attendees will hear from many engaging and informative speakers, including representatives from national youth service government programs; local, national and global organizations and educational institutions throughout the three days.

These interactive sessions will create a stimulating forum for participants to share information and current developments in the field, nurture connections for developing future projects, and discuss the potential for scaling up national youth service for greater impact on community and youth development. For more information regarding conference speakers and sessions, or to see the preliminary conference agenda, click here.

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