SPORT, YOUTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Genuine youth engagement is hard to come by. That is no different in sport. In this episode I chat with Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė from ENGSO Youth on how to engage and empower youth outside of sport, but also in and through sport. We also take a look at sustainable development in and through sport, and how youth are uniquely positioned to contribute to sustainable development in their communities. Ms. Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė is an elected chair of Engso Youth, responsible for the strategic planning and development of the organisation. She has been involved with the organisation for more than 6 years, starting with the position of Young delegate in 2015-2017 mandate, elected committee member in 2017-2019 mandate and currently running 2019-2021 mandate as ENGSO Youth chair. For this period of time, besides overall coordination, she is also leading a social inclusion working group, using sport as a tool for inclusion. Additionally, she is highly familiar with non-formal education, youth empowerment, skills development and sustainability topics. Ugne has University Education in International Relations and Political Science and has a Master Degree in International Communication. As for her daily capacity Ugnė is occupied as an International Cooperation expert working in the Central Project Management Agency (CPMA) in Lithuania responsible for preparation, administration and implementation of international and national development cooperation projects, where sustainability, youth empowerment and civil society cooperation is one the highest priority. ENGSO Youth is the independent youth body of the European Sports NGO (ENGSO). ENGSO Youth focuses on the youth sport-for-all sector in Europe and represents young Europeans under the age of 35 in sports in 34 countries.