What is CHALLENGER?
Challenger is a one-year program that provides a set of trainings for young people between the ages of 18 and 35, working in various fields. The program prepares young people to critically analyze society's problems, to propose and debate real solutions.
The program is carried out in two stages:
Campaigning and Debates
In the first stage of the program, the participants, divided in teams, will research and analyze the local issues that citizens face and will propose strategies for addressing them. Young people will consult and communicate with citizens to identify these issues, negotiate and put democratic pressure on the authorities.
Also, at this stage, young people will learn the structure of an argument and how to create a policy case, will develop their public speaking skills and will participate in debates.
The best participants from the first stage are accepted to the Policy School. In the second stage of the program, the participants will propose solutions to several national issues that affect a certain part of the society. Young people will learn to develop public policy proposals and policy messages for different target groups.
During both stages, the teams will be guided by a mentor.
The CHALLENGER program teaches you:
- how to identify and solve community issues;
- how to communicate with people and authorities;
- how to develop arguments and eloquently present your position;
- how to research and develop strategies for solving national issues;
- to understand what a left-wing or right-wing policy is;
- to think analytically and develop policies based on real needs;
- how to get involved in the decision-making process and interact with political parties.
Who can participate?
Students and young professionals, aged between 18 and 35, with or without experience in similar programs, party members, representatives of non-governmental organizations or state institutions, etc.
How to apply?
Those wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to fill in the application form. The deadline is September 19, 2019, at 17.00.
The CHALLENGER program is organized by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Moldova . NDI is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit organization that has been supporting democratic institutions and practices around the world for more than three decades. Since 2003, in Moldova, NDI programs have been helping to promote government accountability by increasing citizen participation in political processes and community life.