Humanist News, July-issue 2002
IHEYO - the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organisation,
the IHEU's Youth wing - has been busy:
an International Youth Conference,
in place a youth-internship programme at the IHEU office,
its website (www.iheyo.org),
a virtual library of youth humanism,
maintaining a list-serve on the Internet for discussing
plans are also being made to arrange year-long internships
for European youth who will work on specific projects at
the IHEU office in London.
IHEYO-International Youth Conference
The IHEYO-International Youth Conference on Empowering Youth
in the Humanist Movement will be held in the Netherlands from
1 to 5 July. Thanks to grants from the Youth Programme of the
European Union, from IHEU Specialist Member Organisations HIVOS
(Humanist Institute for Development Co-operation, the Netherlands),
and IHS (Institute for Humanist Studies, USA), more than 50
young humanists will participate in this conference.
from all over the world, specially from Europe, Africa and North
America will have an opportunity to share experiences, and to
plan future cooperation. The IHEYO International Conference
participants will also have the opportunity to participate fully
in IHEU's 50th Anniversary World Humanist Congress. As the World
Humanist Congress too will feature workshops involving youth,
we hope that this will be a great stimulus for the formation
of a stronger youth movement, and will consequently strengthen
the humanist movement as a whole.
Virtual Library on Youth Humanism
IHEYO is creating a data base on Youth Humanism on its website.
Over the past several months data has been collected about humanist
youth groups and youth activities around the world, and we hope
that this virtual library will help provide easy access to information
about youth humanism in other countries.
The IHEYO would be very pleased to receive contributions for
the database: if you havenot done so already, please send us
details about humanist youth activities in your country or in
your organisation. Do remember to write a note of about three
to five hundred words on your organisation's plans to involve
Humanist youth, your recent experiences, as well as contact
details and websites.
IHEYO-CommonSense Internship Programme
The IHEYO-CommonSense internship programme was started in 2001
and will continue in 2002. This internship programme offers
an outstanding young person aged below 30 the opportunity to
work for a month at a humanist organization in a country other
than his or her own; internship opportunities are also available
at the IHEU's headquarters in London as part of this programme.
The internship programme offers travel and living expenses,
and aims to provide to humanist youth an opportunity to know
about humanism in the host country, and to develop leadership
in the youth humanist movement.
The intern for 2002
at the IHEU headquarters in the early summer will be James Walker
from the US. James will at first go to the Netherlands and help
organise the IHEYO-Youth Conference. After the Youth Conference,
he will work the rest of the month in London at the IHEYO where
he will follow up plans made during the Youth Conference. James
is a 20 year-old Bio-Chemistry student and has been involved
in several volunteer activities. He is eager to learn more about
how to translate Humanist beliefs into action.
IHEYO-EU Internship Programme
In addition to the IHEYO-ComonSense Internship programme which
is open to Humanist Youth from all over the world, the IHEYO
hopes to launch 12-month internships for which only European
Humanist youth are eligible. Negotiations are on at the moment,
but when confirmed, these internships will be funded through
the European Union's Youth programme. Humanist youth in Europe
who will be under 26 years of age in January 2003 should write
to the IHEYO expressing their interest in the internship programme.
Please send a detailed CV with information on your involvement
in Humanism in your country, languages that you can communicate
in, and if possible, with special Humanist projects that you
have in mind.
for more information:
Gea Meijers, intern at IHEU office
Telephone 00 44 20 7831 4817 (IHEU-London).