Applications are now open for the 2012 Asia Pacific Youth Network Youth Ambassador program.
This is the third cycle of APYN Youth Ambassadors! Click here to read about the Youth Ambassador experience!
The deadline for application is 10 April 2012 11:30pm Hong Kong time. Incomplete applications and ones submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
While this is a great opportunity, we are warning you that it’s a lot of work!
What’s this all about?
The APYN Youth Ambassador initiative is a leadership learning and networking opportunity for young people in Asia Pacific who want to develop their leadership skills with APYN and campaigns for social change. Youth Ambassadors are volunteers. They do not recieve payment. All successful Ambassadors must commit for a period of 18 months, from selection announcement until December 2013.
Over an 18 month period, you will work with young human rights activists/advocates/interested individuals from across the Asia Pacific Region to develop your own projects in one of the following streams: 1) Local Community; 2) Regional Campaign; and 3) Online Facilitation. Click here to read about the details of the project streams.
We know it sounds like a lot, but don’t worry! You will be supported with guidance and training to ensure you have all the skills to complete your projects! Here is an overview of support and training for leadership & campaigning:
- Peer support groups: Ambassadors will be divided in peer-support groups based on your streams for support and guidance from your peers and your Co-Facilitator (an experienced APYN youth leader!). Co-Facilitators will mentor Youth Ambassadors and facilitate them to implement their action plans, monitor the project, and evaluate the work in the end of the 18 month period;
- Skills training
- Campaigning exposure period for 3 months: Co-Facilitators will plan 2 to 3 campaigning activities for Youth Ambassadors to implement. The purpose here is for Youth Ambassadors to get some practical experience and see how they can overcome certain challenges.
- Support from local community organization/partner: All Youth Ambassadors need to seek support from a local community organization/partner as part of the application process. Local community organizations/partners will provide guidance and support at the local level (ie. providing meeting space or advice on the local context)
By the end of the program…
And your leadership does not end after December 2013! All Co-Facilitators and Youth Ambassadors who complete their projects are expected to stay with APYN and take on governance responsibilities. This means defining APYN’s strategic direction, maintaing APYN’s operations, and of course, running the next round of Youth Ambassadors to create more youth leaders!
How do YOU(th) become a Youth Ambassador?
1. Read this page again to get a clear understanding of the program, especially the different project streams and what is expected from you as a Youth Ambassador.
2. All Youth Ambassadors are required to have support from a local community organization – except for Online Facilitation project Ambassadors. Find an organization that will mentor and support you at the local level for 18 months! Click here for detailed information about local community organizations.
3. Complete the application form below. The deadline for application is 10 April 2012 11:30pm Hong Kong time. Incomplete applications and ones submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
4. Co-Facilitators will contact shortlisted candidates for online interviews by April 16, 2012.
5. We will announce successful candidates in early May 2012. If your application is not successful, there are still many other ways to become an APYN youth leader!
What is the selection criteria?
- Currently lives in Asia Pacific region and plans to until December 2013
- Aged between 16-30 years old at time of application
- Able to commit at least 3 to 5 hours a week to attend preparation and skills training workshops and delivering an action plan from April/May 2012 to the end of December 2013 and beyond
- Interested in developing leadership, campaigning and mobilization skills
- Enjoy working in teams and providing mutual support to team mates on projects
- Interested in mobilizing other young people for social change
- Currently involved in some form of youth network, in contact with young people in your own community
- Have ready internet access (able to access at least three times a week)
- Able to communicate in English (written and spoken)
- Preferred: Demonstrated involvement in 3 (regional network e.g. APYN) activities and/or active involvement in APYN over the past 18 months
What happens after the application?
Once your action plan is accepted, then a whole range of activities are ready to begin these include:
- Learning opportunities – skills training for human rights information, activism and mobilization skills!
- Sharing opportunities – online for lessons from other youth ambassadors, experience sharing and leadership discussions.
- Peer support clusters- for troubleshooting and coordinating activities and campaigning messages, sharing tools that you create (and accessing those that others do!), advice from others on the experience of implementing your action idea!
- Introductions and conversations with other young people interested in human rights (i.e. making some new friends and increase your networks)
- Implementing your action plan – working to make your idea happen!! And sharing things you learn and what you achieve with young people in the APYN
- Evaluating your work, helping evaluate others and sharing what you learn.
Think YOU got what it takes for this 18 month leadership program? Click here to immediately start your application process!
|Here are some useful linksAPYN Youth Ambassador Application Requirements and Form|