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Become an International Youth Blogger:Call for Applications

Become an International Youth Blogger!

March 1, 2012-December 31, 2012

Advocates for Youth is recruiting six youth bloggers from the Global South to report on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues from March 1, 2012-December 31, 2012.

If you would like to apply and are a young person between the ages of 18 and 24 and live in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, or Asia, please submit your application by Wednesday, February 15, 2012, to Lauren@advocatesforyouth.org.

To apply, you must:
·        have an interest in youth global sexual and reproductive health and rights issues
·        have an understanding of the intersection between sexual and reproductive health and rights, environmental sustainability and/or sustainable development
·        be able to commit to reporting by posting blogs throughout the year
·        have strong writing skills
·        have experience studying or working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth development, and/or journalism
·        be available to travel to at least one international conference (costs will be covered by Advocates) during the year
·        have reliable internet connection with the ability to respond to emails promptly and  regularly
·        be able to write 3 blog posts addressing global youth sexual and reproductive health and rights issues each month. One of the three monthly blog posts must relate to the connection between sexual and reproductive health and the environment.

Applicants will be notified about whether they have been selected by Friday, February 24, 2012.  The six youth writers will participate in a webinar hosted by Advocates for Youth, focused on blogging skills, new media, and youth global sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.  During the term of the contract, the youth bloggers will post at least three blogs per month.  In addition, the youth bloggers may potentially travel to an international conference in order to report daily on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Advocates for Youth will cover travel to designated conferences and visa fees, in addition to lodging, and meals during the conferences.  Advocates will also provide writers with a stipend of US$50.00 per month.

Advocates for Youth is a non-profit organization that works in the United States and around the world to promote programs and policies that help young people make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.  Advocates supports youth activists working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and hosts a youth activist website called www.amplifyyourvoice.org.  Advocates also builds the capacity of youth-led and youth-serving organizations to implement sexual and reproductive health programming as well as advocacy initiatives; conducts media outreach; and educates policy-makers.  Advocates for Youth is a pro-choice organization and supports the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Download  the 2012 Youth Reporter Application Form

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Call for Applications:Youth Workshop on MDGs 5!

Women Deliver and Partners in Population and Development will hold a targeted consultation in 2012, to gather regional perspectives on MDG 5 and the post-2015 development framework. At this invitation-only consultation, to be held Kampala, Uganda, participants will discuss regional progress and the challenges at hand in achieving MDG 5. It will also call for action in prioritizing maternal and newborn health and sexual and reproductive health among the global development goals.

Youth Workshop on MDG 5 and post-2015 Development Frameworks

March 25th – 28th, Kampala, Uganda

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 25, 2012

The consultations will include a youth workshop comprised of 15 to 20 young advocates, which will center on three activities: advocacy, messaging, and media training. These workshops will inform youth advocates about key issues in maternal health and sexual and reproductive health, including a discussion of the future development framework after the expiration of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The outcomes of these workshops will be incorporated into youth activities at the Women Deliver 2013 global conference.

Women Deliver is committed to making our Regional Consultations accessible to young leaders. To do so, we will offer full conference scholarships, including travel and accommodations, to selected candidates that meet the following criteria:

 

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE:

  • Under the age of 30
  • Able to speak & understand English
  • A citizen of a sub-Saharan African country
  • Willing and able to share lessons upon return
  • Motivated & committed to contributing to meetings
  • Able to travel from March 25th to March 29th, 2012
  • Available for the duration of consultation
  • Access internet regularly
  • Able to engage in post-consultation activities including:
    • o Writing guest blog posts for the Women Deliver website
    • o Joining the WD2013 Youth Working Group, if invited
    • o Disseminating knowledge gained from the consultation

Scholarship recipients will be notified via email no later than February 15, 2012. If a scholarship recipient cannot accept the award, they are required to notify the consultation planner as soon as possible. Scholarships are NOT transferable. Applicant must be present during the entire period of the consultation.

Scholarships will cover: Consultation registration, round-trip travel, visa fees, hotel stay, and a stipend for incidentals and meals. (For travel reimbursement, please maintain actual and valid receipts of all transactions including visa fees, taxi rides, etc.).

The primary language of the consultation is Spanish for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Consultation, and English for the Africa and Asia Consultations. Translation (English for LAC Consultation, French for Africa Consultation) will be available for the plenary sessions. 

IDEAL CANDIDATES WILL:

 

  • Be under the age of 30
  • Work in the health and development field, with a focus on Maternal Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV/AIDS and/or Gender Equality, professionally, scholastically, or on a volunteer basis.
  • Possess a basic understanding of international frameworks such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and/or the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for this scholarship, Women Deliver must receive your completed application online on or before the deadline of January 25, 2012. Applications are to be submitted to ltwood@womendeliver.org.

Download  form>>> Women Deliver Application Form