Each year, SSSNY selects approximately 50 youth for its Social Justice Education Program. An intensive 2-month training program aims to produce young advocates who are able to communicate ideas and concepts which promote social justice and change.

Criteria and Eligibility


Selected applicants are youth from Shan State with a proven community commitment or organizational affiliation, who would like to strengthen their knowledge of social justice issues, such as principles of democracy and human rights. They are encouraged to apply to the program, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or gender or previous education.


  • Resident by birth in or former resident of Shan State age between 18 – 26 years old (selection panel reserves the right to determine if age has been falsified when documents are not provided to support claimed age).
  • Clear commitment to self-development and evidence of persistence in assigned work or tasks
  • Indication of social awareness and commitment in the application form, which will include recommendation letters from a community leader, as well as in selection interviews in first language and English and written tests.

Course content, Methodology and Expectations at the Program

The teaching methodology of the program emphasizes student centered learning with high expectations of student participation in small, intensive classes. Students are assessed for their participation in the program and for their academic achievement. Individual development is promoted, regardless of academic achievement.

There is a strong expectation for students to complete homework and to be prepared for classes to the best of their ability, self-reliant. Students are strongly encouraged to ask teachers for explanations, both in and out of class, as well as actively supporting one another progress.

Students study with teachers in classes, with guest speakers, and join field trips that are relevant to the goals of the program.

Program Content

  • Constitutions & Federalism / Peace Seeking
  • Sustainable Development & Land Use
  • Media for Advocacy
  • Privacy / Freedom / Security
  • Education Policy / Teacher Training
  • Community Mobilizing