Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Registration now open for 2010 IDEA Youth Forum

Registration for the sixteenth annual IDEA Youth Forum has just begun! Here's your chance to be apart of IDEA's biggest event of the year! The 2010 YF will take place in Vlissengen and Middelburg, in the province of Zeeland, Netherlands on July 22-August 4, 2010.

The Youth Forum is a team debate event for high-school students which includes debate competitions, along with debate instruction and social activities! The Forum begins with the Karl Popper Debate Championship and the International New Debaters track from July 22-27. The forum then continues with several tracks from July 27-August 4 that offer trainings in different debate levels and techniques. These small group training sessions include the Mixed Teams track, British Parliamentary Debate track, English as a Foreign Language track, and the Coaches and Judges track.

The Youth Forum is accepting 210 participants-- 50 teams for the Karl Popper Debate Championship and up to 15 for the International New Debaters track. Every institution that has participated in past forums will automatically be granted one place. Otherwise, registrations are first come, first serve. Once the cap has been reached, preference will be given to those teams who plan to attend the whole Youth Forum.

Once registered, every participant will go through a selection procedure, which will be based on their interest in improving their debate and public speaking skills, their desire to discuss the debate topics of the forum, and their ability to work in international mixed teams during the entire event. Once the selection committee has reviewed the applications, applicants will be notified of their status no later than May 31, 2010.

The participation fee is 700 Euro for the entire event, or 250 Euro for the first portion of the forum and 450 Euro for the individual tracks portion of the forum. The fees cover lodging, food, transportation within the Province of Zeeland, health and travel insurance, and workshop costs. Although limited financial assistance is available, this year's Forum will focus on increasing diversity and supporting cultural exchange by offering more financial aid for teams in need and for teams from countries that have never attended.

To register for the 2010 IDEA Youth Forum, click on one of the links below:

Debater Registration
Coach Registration
Staff, Observer, or General Assembly Registration

Registration ends May 15th. For more information on the 2010 IDEA Youth Forum, click here. For further questions, contact the forum director, Veronika Vlckova, at vvlckova@idebate.org.

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