The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program seeks to build the leadership skills and harness the potential of young democracy activists from around the world. Through the Program, young activists spend four months at the World Movement’s Secretariat, during which they expand their global connections, share experiences with other activists from democracy movements around the world, and contribute to the development of the World Movement for Democracy and the World Youth Movement for Democracy. Hurford Youth Fellows engage in strategic meetings; conduct research; and organize and lead presentations, online discussions, and information-sharing sessions on key democracy issues.
Upon the successful completion of each fellowship, the fellows serve as a regional/country focal point, working with the Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni Network to remain involved and take the lead in World Youth Movement activities.
CURRENT HURFORD FELLOW
Najmin Kamilsoy, Azerbaijan
Mr. Najmin Kamilsoy is a human rights activist and international relations coordinator for the NIDA Civic Movement, a pro-democracy youth organization that defends constitutional and human rights and promotes democratic values in Azerbaijan. Prior to his fellowship, Mr. Kamilsoy was a graduate student at Charles University in Prague where he studied Public Policy. He has collaborated with several Azerbaijani and international NGOs in the fields of human rights, election observation, and conflict resolution. Most notably, he has led international advocacy campaigns for the release of political prisoners and has been successful in supporting the release of fellow activists, including his father, prominent human rights defender, Intigam Aliyev.
During his fellowship, Mr. Kamilsoy is focusing on how to confront obstacles to emerging democracy youth movements and is conducting global discussions on youth activism in restrictive environments; academic freedom and institutional autonomy; and the impact of unemployment on youth participation.
Johnson Yeung, Hong Kong, (2017)
Mr. Ching Yin “Johnson” Yeung explored strategies for strengthening and consolidating democracy, looking at lessons learned and best practices from movements around the world. In addition, he examined ways of contributing to institutional reforms and building consensus, solidarity, and trust among citizens. Yeung is a former convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, an organization focusing on human rights and democratic development in Hong Kong. He previously served as Deputy General Secretary of the Federation of Students, a platform for youth engagement in social action.