Make it happen

the Young Leaders program

Would you like to get better at what you're good at? Do you want to inspire others? Are you curious about Dutch culture and society? Be part of the Young Leaders – Make it happen program! 

You'll enhance your skills and help organize awesome events, making a positive impact on yourself and those around you. Meet new friends who share your interests, learn together, and have fun! 

There are seven workshops over eight weeks where you will

  • get to know each other and Wageningen;
  • learn about and develop your strengths and skills;
  • put all your learnings in practice and realize impactful ideas for Wageningen together with a multicultural group of young people in Wageningen from the AZC's, students and locals.

Join make it happen!

With our 8 week Young Leaders program you have the opportunity to make impactful ideas reality.
Solidez and Thuis will guide you through this program and support you with workshops, tips, network, our own experiences and a budget to get you started. There is a budget per group to give your a quick start.

The workshops take place each Monday evening at Thuis,
starting May 15 from 7 - 9:00 pm.


1. Start of the Adventure: getting to know each other and mapping the path

During our first meeting, it's all about two things: getting to know each other better and together figuring out what our Young Leaders journey will look like. We'll dive into fun games that help us discover what connects us and what makes us unique. This is also the moment to shine a spotlight on your culture and to talk about your expectations from this journey. 

2. The ideal neighbourhood: dreaming and doing

What does your dream neighbourhood look like? And more importantly: what can you do to make your neighbourhood a bit more like that dream? Let's think together about activities we can organize to make our neighbourhood more beautiful, fun, and better.

3. Discovering your own journey and talents

This time is about your personal journey. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing and what do you want to learn? We'll look for your strengths and how they can help in achieving your dreams and goals.

4. Getting to work: organizing activities

Now it gets really fun: we're going to organize an activity! Good planning, budgeting, and task division are essential. And a plan B wouldn't hurt either. Which of your talents will come in handy here?

5. Speaking like a pro: debate and dialogue

Communication is key. In this workshop, we'll work on debating, engaging in dialogues, and improving our conversational skills. How do you get your point across? And how do you really listen to someone else?

6. Conclusion and reflection: what have we achieved?

In our last meeting, we'll look back at everything we've learned and done. What did you enjoy? What did you learn? And what happened with the activity we wanted to organize? This is the moment to share experiences and celebrate what we've achieved together.

7. After the workshop, we are here for you!

Have you just completed one of our workshops and are you full of ideas for a cool activity? Awesome! Know that we are here to help you. Whether you need additional guidance, want access to our network, or need some extra money to realize your plan, we are here for you. Together, we'll make it something amazing!

Eager to know more?

Get in touch!

Aimee Terwisscha-Dekker