American Univesity of Beirut

K2P Youth Policy Institute

The K2P Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is dedicated to High School and University Students who value the translation of advocacy and activism into tangible policy change. ​​​The K2P​ Policy Fellowship Program is established at two levels:

Summer Policymaking Workshop

This workshop will be hosted on July 27-28 at the AUB Campus in Beirut. Youth are our societies’ catalysts of change, and now, more than ever, there is a shared eagerness in youth to engage with, challenge, and influence the sociopolitical tides around them. The workshop targets students aged 15-19 (graduating High School between 2021 and 2024) with a passion for policy, politics, economics, public health, and activism.

At K2P, we understand the role that youth can play in raising awareness and instigating change. This year, we aim to adopt a more active role in fostering that capacity. We are at a crossroads. The strongest advocates for youth will always be other youth, with public policy and civic engagement being all of our concerns.

The program enables youth to serve as change agents and champions of evidence-informed decision-making and action in their schools and communities. This program is free of charge.

Application Portal

​​​Students interested in attending the workshop can apply via this Application Portal. The application deadline is on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 11:59 PM. 

The program is open to students with a broad range of academic interests. Spots are limited. ​

Program Content 

Core Objectives

  • ​​​Increase participants’ knowledge on effective advocacy tools and strategies
  • Develop tangible policymaking skills for youth to engage with policy decisions around them
  • Increase awareness and improve knowledge on the fundamentals of evidence-informed policymaking
  • Strengthen skills in accessing and searching for relevant research evidence

Expected Outcomes

 Workshop participants are expected to present an advocacy strategy outline for a topic of their interest by the end of the workshop. The K2P team will support the participants in developing this outline and will provide feedback on the developed document 

During the workshop, participants will learn about the role of evidence in the policy-making process, strategies for media engagement, advocacy methods, and the utilization of data visualization in the policy. The workshop’s interactive group assignments and content sessions will culminate in presentations of students’ own advocacy strategy outlines on a topic of their choice. 

Year-round Engagement:

Year-round initiatives and projects will be incepted post-workshop based on the participating groups (TBD).

How to get involved?

Are you a student, teacher, school administrator, or champion of evidence-informed decision-making and want to take part in the K2P Youth Policy Institute?​​

Email us: k2p@aub.edu.lb

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