Monthly Archives: November 2013
The Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative is now accepting applications for new members. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic group of young people who are committed to ensuring that every child receives a relevant, quality education.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30 November 2013 by midnight EDT
What is the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)?
The Global Education First Initiative was launched in September 2012 by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. The aims of the initiative are to raise the political profile of education, strengthen the global movement to achieve quality education, and generate additional and sufficient funding for education. The Global Education First Initiative has three key priorities: put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship among children and youth worldwide.
What is the Youth Advocacy Group (YAG)?
The Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) was appointed in August 2012 to provide strategic support and advice to the youth representative in the High Level Steering Committee, strengthen momentum and increase support for the Global Education First Initiative. The group is currently made up of 12 active members who are spearheading grassroots initiatives in their own countries and on the global stage to increase access to education, improve the quality of learning and foster global citizenship.
As representatives of a wider youth network, the 12 members are from 12 different countries:
Chernor Bah, Sierra Leone (Chairperson)
Dejan Bojanic, Serbia
Jamira Burley, United States of America
David Crone, United Kingdom
Abigail Kaindu, Zambia
Hayley McQuire, Australia
Joseph Munyambanza, Democratic Republic of Congo
Salathiel Ntakirutimana, Burundi
Sumaya Saluja, India
Anna Susarenco, Moldova
Bertheline Nina Tchangoue, Cameroon
Rolando Jr. Villamero, Philippines
The YAG moves forward GEFI’s three main priorities amongst their networks and partners by:
1. Facilitating consultations with other youth in their countries, regions, and globally;
2. Providing strategic advice on the education priorities of young people;
3. Promoting the priorities and voices of young people in the advocacy messages and activities of GEFI and;
4. Mobilizing young people and governments to make pledges in support of education and holding them accountable to their commitments.
COMPOSITION AND ELIGIBILITY
The Youth Advocacy Group shall be composed of 15-18 non-compensated individuals between the ages of 15-28 who are representatives of organizations with demonstrated expertise and experience of working on and advocating for young people, including youth-led organizations, the private sector, media and academia. Such individuals should have demonstrated leadership and activism, and should be able to consult with and reach out to a larger constituency. The Youth Advocacy Group meets online once every two weeks and in-person whenever necessary to plan, support and advance the goals of the Global Education First Initiative.
What are the application criteria?
o be between 15 and 28 years old;
o have access to the internet;
o be able to commit at least three hours per week for the group;
o be proficient in both spoken and written English;
o demonstrate passion and experience in advocating for education in their respective communities and;
o demonstrate connection to wider network(s) and ability to consult with and represent views of other young people
Young people from the following geographical areas are particularly encouraged to apply. (This, however, does not limit those living outside these areas.)
o Central/North Asia
o Middle East
o Latin America
A demonstrated commitment, experience and expertise in a specific field of education will be considered an added asset.
How do you apply?
The Youth Advocacy Group will be constituted for a period of one year, from January 2014 – 2015. Members of the group will be expected to make a one-year commitment, with the possibility of renewal. Prepare and submit the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the application deadline.
o Curriculum Vitae / Resume (Maximum of three pages)
o Written Reference / Recommendation or Endorsement Letter (Maximum of one page) from either your workplace, university, or school
o A Statement of Purpose (Maximum 700 words) which addresses the following questions:
– What has been your experience with the Education sector?
– Why are you passionate about Education?
– What are your future goals?
– What is it you hope to gain from participating as a member of the Youth Advocacy Group?
Successful applicants will be notified by 30th December 2013.
Download the PDF version of the application.
The IDEO.org Global Fellowship Program fosters social sector leaders of the future. By bringing together talented people from the design, business, and social sectors, IDEO.org Fellows are working, learning, growing and innovating to make the world a better place. IDEO.org is looking for leaders in the social sector who have demonstrated professional experience improving lives in low-income communities.Think you have what it takes to be a 2014-2015 Fellow? Find out more information about the criteria and apply by January 6, 2014 .
The IDEO.org Fellowship Program enables future global leaders spend a year working full-time with experienced designers on social impact challenges in the United States and around the world. Fellows will create solutions for nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations on an array of topics, like agriculture, water and sanitation, health, financial inclusion, unemployment, and more.
- Fellows will receive a $60,000 living stipend to be paid out bi-monthly for 13.5 months.
- IDEO.org will provide a housing stipend for Fellows relocating for up to one month.
- Minimum of five years of professional full-time work experience; or, an advanced academic or professional degree related to business, public policy, international development, economics, finance, or a related field, plus three years of work experience.
- English fluency (written and spoken). Additional language capabilities are preferred.
- Ability to work from September of 2014 – October 2015 in San Francisco (IDEO.org can help support any visa applications).
For more information: https://www.ideo.org/fellows
· Are you dynamic and possess smart skills in development
· Do you have transformational leadership skills that can
help in tackling different health issues affecting young people in the
· Do you have knowledge, skills and values in HIV/AIDS and
Sexual reproductive Health issues?
Applications are welcome from young interested men and
women living in and around FCT- Abuja to apply for this opportunity.
Citizens’Health Education and Development Initiative (CHEDI) is a Non Governmental Organization is focused on creating awareness and visibility through education and policy influence on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)in Nigeria.
The mission of the organizational hopes to improve the quality of life of community members by empowering the Citizens with the right knowledge and skills to take
responsibility for their well-being.
CHEDI envisions country where every citizen’s sexuality and choices are respected irrespective of race, age, gender, education, social status or disease condition. CHEDI’s programme goal is to empower women and men and particularly young people to actively participate in community development and self-help activities that will optimize health and well being through their own efforts. It also target women, young people and most at risk populations (MARPs) on comprehensive reproductive health including family planning, HIV prevention, with emphasis on Mother to Child Transmission, counseling/testing,capacity building, nutrition and referral linkages.
CHEDI programme offices are in Abuja,Nasarawa and Imo states.
CHEDI seeks to engage volunteers who can use their profession to carry some tasks leading to the desired results of all Programme interventions.
CHEDI is looking outstanding young men and women with exceptional qualities and leadership potential to organize, plan and implement programmes. Applicant
must be between 19 – 35years of age.
How to Apply: Interested Applicants should send their
Curriculum Vitae (CV), two recommendation letters and two page Motivation letter on their involvement in any area of HIV/AIDS and Sexual and reproductive health and other issues affecting young people in 21st century.
Educational degrees and other qualifications at graduate levels- health Education, public health, administration or management,
Economics or a combination of equivalent relevant experience and education.
-Minimum of 1 or 2 progressive years experience and RH/FP, SRHR or MCH, or integrated health projects. Demonstrated competence in assessing priorities and in managing a variety of activities in a timely and sensitive manner, and in meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
-Demonstrated ability to lead a technical team to meet project objectives in multiple tasks.
-Proven ability to communicate well with, motivate, guide, and direct interventions.
Interested persons should send comprehensive resume with a brief cover letter as one MS Word Document to email@example.com .
Deadline: December 19th 2013
Commonwealth Youth Forum delegates today elected the executive for the largest and most diverse youth body in the world, the new Commonwealth Youth Council.
Ahmed Adamu from Nigeria will chair the new body, which will be the recognised voice of the 1.2 billion young people of the Commonwealth and provide a framework for youth-led development initiatives.
Over the past two days at the Forum in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, candidates from national youth bodies across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth have been campaigning to lead the Council.
Leaders will serve a two-year term until the next Council General Assembly in Mauritius in 2015, are:
|Chairperson||Ahmed Adamu (Nigeria)|
|Vice Chairperson – Policy, Advocacy and Projects||Sudharshana Lakshmi (India)|
|Vice Chairperson – Partnerships and Resources||Sadham Zarjahan (Sri Lanka)|
|Vice Chairperson – Inclusion and Engagement||Mohamed Husni (Sri Lanka)|
|Regional Representative – Africa and Europe||Kiziah Philbert (Kenya)|
|Regional Representative – Asia||Tharika Dileepani (Sri Lanka)|
|Regional Representative – Caribbean and the Americas||Royden Beharry (Grenada)|
|Regional Representative – Pacific||Harry James (Solomon Islands)|
|Representative – Special Interest Groups||Wathsala Samarakoon (Sri Lanka)|
The formation of the Council was endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government in Perth, Australia, in 2011.
This year’s Youth Forum delegates are also shaping national and Commonwealth agendas on topics of particular interest to young people under the theme ‘Inclusive Development – Stronger Together!’ Expert presentations and policy working group sessions continued today on the subthemes: gender equality, generating quality youth employment and reconciliation and social cohesion. The sessions will inform the youth leaders’ meeting with Heads of Government later in the week.
Speaking on youth employment, Barbara Kasumu from Elevations Network said: “Vocational and technical training qualifications need to be valued at the same level as traditional academic routes. Education alone does not guarantee employment outcomes and more must be done to ensure that work experience is fully integrated into a young person’s learning experience.”
Delegate Racheal Kalaba from Zambia, who attended the session, said: “I was very impressed with the philosophy of the young speaker Ravi Theja Muthu from India, who told us that if we can’t get out of the box that restricts our entrepreneurial endeavours, then we should destroy the box and think in new ways.”
The Thiel Fellowship Council hopes that you’ll apply to the Thiel Fellowship. We love learning about how people want to change the world and how applicants would take the next two years to pursue their projects and dreams. Though we only have 20 spots per year for fellowships, we’re helping hundreds of applicants to change the world by connecting them to resources like mentoring, internships, and inviting them to participate in our Under 20 Community. We look forward to reading your application and being inspired by your vision for the future.
If you are interested in the Thiel Fellowship and want to start meeting other young visionaries and mentors now, apply to join us at the Under 20 Summit.
The first Thiel Fellows were announced in May 2011. Applications for the next class of fellows are due by 11:59PM, December 31 of the current year. Applicants must be 19 or younger by December 31st of the current year to qualify. We will select the finalists in the spring and expect to announce the new class in May.
Two Years. $100,000. Some Ideas Just Can’t Wait.
The Thiel Fellowship is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The Fellowship brings together some of the world’s most creative and motivated young people, and helps them bring their most ambitious ideas and projects to life. Thiel Fellows are given a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 to skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education. They are mentored by our network of visionary thinkers, investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs, who provide guidance and business connections that can’t be replicated in any classroom. Rather than just studying, you’re doing.
“Every tech story is different. Every moment in history happens only once. All successful companies are successful in their own unique way. It’s your task to figure out what that future history will be.” – Peter Thiel
- Applicants must be 19 or under by December 31st of the application year.
- Applicants must be able to submit their application in English.
- Applicants must submit their application by midnight on December 31st of this year.
What benefits are there to applicants of the Thiel Fellowship?
- The application process will encourage you to move forward with your ideas, help you to think deeply about your future, set goals, and pursue your dreams.
- Through applicant events like the Under 20 Summit, and virtual connections on Facebook, we’re building a robust community rallying around young visionaries. Anyone who enters into the second round of application review is invited into this group automatically. If you are interested in the Thiel Fellowship and want to start meeting other young visionaries now, apply to join us at the Under 20 Summit.
- New Offering: We realize that the fellowship is a very small group and that there is a lot of young talent out there. Through the review process fellows and mentors can let us know if they would be interested in having an applicant intern or be hired by their company. As each round progresses you will hear from us if an internship or hiring opportunity arises.
- Applicants who receive a phone interview get one-on-one support from a mentor and can choose to stay in touch with their interviewer for continued guidance and support.
- Finalists are flown out to San Francisco where they meet other young visionaries and develop friendships with likeminded peers. They also meet with the Thiel Fellowship Community of fellows, mentors, and staff. We encourage finalists to connect with as many people as possible so that, even if they are not a fellowship recipient, they can still leverage our community. Some finalists have chosen to stay in touch with the Thiel Foundation as well to get advice and encouragement along the way.
For more information: see http://www.thielfellowship.org/become-a-fellow/about-the-program/