The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) are delighted to announce the call for applications for the NYCI Representative to the European Youth Forum (YFJ) 2021-2022.
The NYCI representative to the European Youth Forum will:
- Engage in opportunities to hear and include the voice of Ireland’s young people and youth sector at a European level.
- Attend four international meetings a year. These would include 2 meetings of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and 2 meetings of the BBIC, meeting of National Youth Councils. These meetings take place throughout Europe and neighbouring countries and potentially online due to COVID 19 public health guidelines.
- Attend four national meetings of the NYCI International Advisory Committee (IAC) annually. The Representative would also be on the International Advisory Committee, which meets in Dublin/online, on a weekday evening from 6/6:30pm – 8.30pm, 4 times a year. This is an opportunity to feedback and gain input for YFJ meetings from NYCI member organisations.
- Engage in the YFJ’s policy development and promote the engagement of young people, the NYCI IAC and NYCI’s member organisations.
- To familiarise young people and the youth sector in Ireland with the work of the European Youth Forum and European Youth Policy.
- To feed back to the NYCI IAC on the European Youth Forum meetings.
European Youth Forum (YFJ)
The vision of the European Youth Forum is to be the voice of young people in Europe, where young people are equal citizens and are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens.
The European Youth Forum is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. We represent over 100 youth organisations, which bring together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe.
The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organisations. In the current uncertain political and social context that affects young people, they can be powerful catalysts for positive change and contributors of innovative solutions to Europe’s challenges.
To overcome the challenges faced by young people, the European Youth Forum’s work is centred around three main pillars as outlined in our Strategic Plan:
Young people and youth organisations are part of the solution for a youth-friendly world. Our engagement contributes to the betterment of the environment and the societies we live in. Young people need to be guaranteed the right to safe living conditions in a healthy environment. Current and future generations need to be educated on and equipped to access their rights and participate in democratic life at all levels.
Enabling environment for youth organisations
Flourishing youth organisations are a vital part of a healthy democracy. Civic space needs to be protected and expanded, so youth organisations can function without any barriers – financially, legally, politically and legitimately.
Words are not enough: we will walk the talk. Our platform needs to be further cultivated to keep it relevant, strong and innovative. We want to remain and further strengthen being a credible actor as the main voice of young people in Europe.
With these goals in mind, the Youth Forum will continue our advocacy work to become an agenda-setter on youth affairs, empower Member Organisations to maximise the impact of their expertise and enforce a rights-based approach in all that we do.
The BICC is an informal group of National Youth Councils who are members of the European Youth Forum. The members of the BICC share good practice and aim to find common solutions to common issues faced by National Youth Councils. It also provides members with an opportunity to discuss ideas in a supportive environment that can be brought the European Youth Forum meetings.
More info on International Meetings: The YFJ meetings take place in April and November and the BICC meetings are scheduled approx. 2 weekends prior to the YFJ meetings to prepare with other National Youth Councils for the YFJ meeting. The representative would have to be available to travel on a Thursday (on occasion a Wednesday) to be at the YFJ meetings on a Friday – Sat and return on Sunday. For the BICC meetings the participants usually travel on the Friday and return on the Sunday but may have to travel on Thursday also. Accommodation and travel cost are covered. Accommodation is usually sharing with other participants in a twin room for the BICC meetings and YFJ meetings. The meetings may be online depending on public health guidance due to COVID 19.
Criteria for Representative
- 18-35 years old.
- Available to attend the European Youth Forum, BICC and IAC meetings in 2021/22.
- Available on the next European Youth Forum meeting on 19th – 20th November – the organisers are working towards organising the next meeting, COMEM, as a hybrid event, allowing as much as possible in-person participation, as well as online attendance.
- Interest in issues that affect youth and an interest/experience in European Youth Policy is an advantage.
- Member of an NYCI member organisation preferable.
- Involvement in IAC or other NYCI structures/programmes preferable.
- Experience of representing an organisation at an international level preferable.
- Young person / Youth Leader/Worker.
- Available to travel and attend meetings during the week and at weekends – in accordance with public health guidance on COVID 19.
- Available to fulfill the mandate for two years
- Up to date passport enabling travel abroad.
- Resident of Ireland
- Ability to work collaboratively with others
- Culturally competent
- Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, organisational, drive and resilience skills, decision making.
If you want to know more about these skills and how to articulate your skills check out www.skillssummary.ie
- Fill out the application form. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for selection
- The candidates may find it helpful to use Skills Summary to help them reflect on their relevant experiences and skills to prepare their Application Form.
- If you are being nominated by an NYCI member organisation please note that there is one nomination per member organisation.
- Deadline for application Deadline Wed 8th Sep 12 noon.
- Selected candidates will be notified.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Jean-Marie email@example.com.