Training Course: ‘Be a leader in an environmental organisation’

When: 5.10. – 12.10.2012

Where: Bela u Jevicka, Czech Republic, Ecological Center Renata

Who: Youth and Environment Europe

Project description

The extensive experience of YEE working on youth environmental projects has highlighted the particular need for providing young people with knowledge and skills about leadership, and the opportunity to develop and practice their leadership skills. That is why YEE decided to organise a training course on leadership skills in environmental youth organisations. For our network competent and skilled leaders are very important in bringing local projects into European level, exchanging experiences, multiplying and involving many other young people.

The training course ‘Be a leader in an environmental organisation’ was projected for young people who are leaders, coordinators, youth workers in their organisations and want to improve their skills in leading projects and managing groups. 22 young people from 10 youth organisations (from Latvia, Germany, Portugal, Albania, Serbia, Armenia, Macedonia, Italy and Czech Republic) met to practice the skills of being a good leader in environmental projects. The TC addressed the need of youth organisations to have competent, experienced and skilled volunteers and workers that will know well how to use the potential and energy of young people involved in the organisation. We focused especially on young people working in the field of environmental protection and non-formal education so that they could pass their knowledge in the topic well, involve in their projects many people and give the biggest possible impact to their activities.

During the training course, we trained skills of organising better quality projects at local and international level, facilitating meetings, giving feedback, preparing evaluations, giving presentations, motivating people, etc. We also initiated the exchange of experience and in this way showed various points of view, methods and practices in leading and facilitating projects.


The most important follow-up of the project was the booklet ‘How to be a leader in an environmental organisation’.

This booklet can be your starting point to becoming a more effective leader. It will help you identify your leadership style, get a deeper knowledge of your organisation, learn more about project management, work on your skills in facilitating, giving feedback, motivating others and dealing with conflict.

Find the publication here:


Find the agenda of the agenda from the training session here:

Participating organisations

  • Youth and Environment Europe, Czech Republic
  • ZC Hnutí Brontosaurus Modry kamen, Czech Republic
  • FÖJ-AKTIV, Germany
  • Organizaçao para a Promoçao dos Ecoclubes, Portugal
  • Young Researchers of Serbia, Serbia
  • Stepanavan Youth center, Armenia
  • DEM, Macedonia
  • Environmental center for Development Education and Networking, Albania
  • BALTA DABA, Latvia
  • Mine Vaganti, Italy


Opinions from participants

I love to be a participant in YEE trainings. I always find new friends that help to give spirit, energy and shape to my thoughts, emotions and knowledge/information. And it doesn’t matter how many times you participated in a training with almost the same topic, or how experienced you are, there is always something new and someone that leads you to a different point of view, that helps you understand and live your reality by improving it every day

Ermelinda MahmutajEDEN Center, Albania

This TC for me represents a strong driving force for my personal development, as well as for the development of my organization. It gave me burst of ideas for next steps and possibilities of other more interesting ways of doing things. Now I feel more able to see the bigger picture more clearly on organizational level and to see things from different perspectives. We were talking about motivation, but I think that the biggest motivation for me were all the friendships that I made there, all of us sharing the same aim – protection of our nature.

Katerina GilevaDEM, Macedonia

During the few training sessions I offered I could think more deeply and experiment a little about leaders (leader aspect in every person) and how support their growth. In the sessions I tried to deliver a bottom line which I intuitively felt but did not fully grasped: leader is aware connected to his self: dreams, thinking, emotions, and body. Once strong and connected inside, the leadership appears naturally.

Ondrej Pribylatrainer, Czech Republic

It was a really good experience to take part in this training course! Very professional trainers and organizers, great program and inputs about leadership and ENGOs work, enthusiastic group of participants, wonderful venue! Everything that one could need for returning full of motivation to continue changing the world 🙂 Congratulations to YEE team and let’s keep on networking like this!

Gil PereiraOPE, Portugal

I’ve been really impressed with the organizational Staff. The team was really passionate and competent. I’ve appreciated the Leadership course in its whole complexity, especially the topic about “Presentation Skills”. The competences acquired during the course are going to be really useful in my future project, not only in my organisation.

Sesto Giuseppe SantoliMine Vaganti, Italy

Training course was very useful for my organization. After the TC I came back to my organization with concrete ideas how to improve quality and impact of our work. Projects organized by YEE always give me a new motivation and inspiration for further work. This project was not exception. It was great! Thanks for organizers and participants!

Ģirts BaranovskisBalta Daba, Latvia

Whiiiiii…I can just remember the wide smile in my mind when I was sitting there and listening to the organizers and trainers describing me the way and tools to achieve my dreams. Suddenly I saw all the connections and the solutions in my working tasks I’m trying to solve now which drove me to day dreaming where I could see the future which inspires and motivates me every single day in my work.

Ondrej DobesZC Hnuti Brontosaurus Modry Kamen, Czech Republic

This was my first training and I honestly say it was better than I expected. I learnt a lot. We had really wonderful and professional team who helped us. All participants were creative people, full of ideas, that really made me think. I hope some of these ideas will be realized. Thank you very much.

Biljana StranjancevicYoung Researchers of Serbia, Serbia