IOC Young Leaders programme: Applications are Now Open

International Olympic Committee
27/09/2022 13:57

Applications for the sixth generation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Young Leaders Programme, supported by Worldwide Olympic Partner Panasonic, are now open. The programme aims to support young people in the development and implementation of social projects that use sport to solve issues in their communities.


Any young person 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. You can find all the application details here.


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.


The IOC Young Leaders Programme is part of the IOC’s long-term commitment to support young people and empower them to become social change-makers through sport, while reinforcing sport’s role as an enabler for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme is designed to best equip the selected young leaders to solve local problems through grassroots sports initiatives and sustainable business models. This includes a mandatory online four-week learning sprint, a blended learning approach with monthly activities and in-person events, weekly learning modules and leadership opportunities, but also a total of CHF 10,000 in seed-funding given to each participant over the four years.