We are happy to invite you to apply to our Lokomotiva Program through which we offer a joint space for enthusiastic young people of all genders and backgrounds who are willing to explore new ideas and to constructively challenge established narratives around societal identities through multiple media tools and formats.
This hands-on learning opportunity seeks to encourage critical thinking and inspire activism related to four main issues — gender, ethnicity, religion and race — by equipping its members with the tools and means necessary to influence positive change. As such, this program entails a six-month, multifaceted and dynamic learning experience, during which participants are provided with immense opportunities to explore new ideas and socialize with peers.
First phase – Introduction:
This exciting journey begins with an online Bootcamp that will take place in May where all selected participants and experienced facilitators will meet virtually for two days and will gain an understanding of both the program and one another, and will acquire a general overview of the intersectionality of gender, ethnicity, religion and race.
Following the Bootcamp, the participants will form their teams with which they will carry on the journey of Lokomotiva. Each team will focus on one of the four main themes of the program — gender, ethnicity, religion and race — depending on their areas of interest.
Second phase – Capacity building:
Throughout the second phase of these six months, four open discussions circling around the aforementioned themes will take place. Lokomotiva members will have the opportunity to meet and discuss movies, photography, music, and other media formats with prominent inspiring individuals that have had a meaningful impact on the way we perceive the world around us.
More is on the way! After the four open-themed discussions, Lokomotiva members will have the priceless chance of partaking in seven workshops on how to utilize media formats for social change, which lies in the very core mission of the program. Workshops on photography, video, text-writing and publication, art performances, music, online tools for creative expression and research methods will prepare participants for the final phase of the program, marking the peak of the program itself – community initiatives and interventions!
Final phase – Community initiatives:
Having gone through all the creative talks and workshops, in this phase Lokomotiva members will be supported to design their own initiatives by receiving seed funding to implement an intervention in their chosen areas, within their own communities. We expect Lokomotiva members to walk that extra mile and to be creative in the solutions they offer, and to be committed to the initiatives they propose! Upon successful completion of the program all participants will receive certificates recognizing their immense contribution to community-led initiatives and solutions.
We are excitingly looking forward to having you join the Locomotive if you are:
- Age 18 to 24;
- Living in Kosovo;
- Committed to actively engaging in all the phases of the six-month program;
- Willing to critically challenge pejorative narratives around gender, ethnicity, religion and race;
- Looking forward to meeting and working closely with peers from various backgrounds;
- Open to new ideas and opinions, and willing to work with lively teams;
- Able to identify and assess the concerns of grassroots communities;
- Able to design initiatives that have direct impact on the areas including gender, ethnicity, religion and race in your community.
We will notify all applicants about their application status through email. The deadline for registration is 3 May 2021.K
Lokomotiva 2.0 program is supported by the Prince Claus Fund.