The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) will enable refugee youth living in Malaysia to become leaders in their community, through transformative peer to peer training. Using a human-centered design approach, YLP builds the soft skills of young refugees, boosting their capacities to identify and solve the challenges their communities face. YLP has been designed and will be implemented by the Project Stand Up team, who are refugee youth themselves and aim to inspire youth to become change agents.
In Malaysia, refugees are considered illegal migrants. Refugee children and youth are denied access to the education system and refugee youth are often labeled as ignorant and problematic in their host communities. This leads to refugee youth without the basic skills and the confidence to solve their problems and make a difference. YLP is a training program thought and taught by young refugees from PSU team, who become a role model helping the training participants to believe in their abilities.
Through peer to peer training and modules on teamwork, communication, decision-making, problem-solving, time management and critical thinking, young refugees will improve their soft skills and will be empowered to take up leadership roles in their communities. Youth will also get to have a meaningful experience and explore options to find their passion. As a result, the refugee youth participating in YLP will break down the stereotypes and labels around refugees.
This initiative will empower refugee youth to become change agents. Through their work assisting members of their communities and finding solutions to common problems, the refugee youth participating in YLP will become role models for other youth, who will then become active in helping their communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Project Stand Up website
Project Stand Up Instagram account