The 7th edition of the IDF Europe Youth Leadership Camp has just come to an end and it was a great success! The organizing team welcomed 22 participants from 21 European countries for a full week of interactive workshops, presentations, and sports activities, with the aim of developing the next generation of young advocates in diabetes. You can find the programme HERE.
This year’s camp took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, between the 10th and 16th July, in collaboration with the Federatia Romana de Diabet, Nutritie si Boli Metabolice.
As in previous years, the camp involved a range of activities such as team building games, physical activities, presentations by the participants and workshops lead by the IDF Europe team. Topics covered included youth activism and advocacy in Europe, leadership, living with diabetes and healthcare systems in Europe.
It is no doubt that the highlight of the week was the flash mob. This was performed by the participants on the 13th July in the salt mine of Turda, at 115 meters depth! The live performance was shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, attracting more than 600 views in less than a few minutes. An excellent example of their path towards more youth advocacy in diabetes!
Finally, we would like to say a big thank you to the Federatia Romana de Diabet, Nutritie si Boli Metabolice as well as our sponsors, Eli Lilly and the Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND), who have continuously supported this important initiative for young Europeans living with diabetes.
“I would wholeheartedly recommend the camp! The week was invaluable. I met great friends, inspirational professionals, and had experiences I will never forget – especially organizing a flash mob in a salt mine! I cannot thank IDF Europe and Diabetes UK enough. The most important outcome for me was perhaps the simplest: it made me realize that all the projects in my mind can be truly realized with the right effort, strength, and passion. It was incredible to meet people in careers I aspire towards, and I feel I now have the knowledge and confidence to set my own projects in motion. With a mission at heart, we can all be leaders and make the change we want to see in the world”. Rebecca, UK
If you’re interested in knowing more about our summer camp, please visit: https://www.idf.org/europe/youth-leadership-camp or email us at: [email protected].