Youth Representatives

Want to be one of WOSM's next Youth Representatives?

Apply to join our network of Youth Representatives intended to elevate the advocacy impact of the Scout Movement through a technical training aimed at building capacity at national, regional, and global levels to understand and advocate World Scouting’s positions on key issue areas, follow and participate in key policy processes and share the story of Scouting in key forums. There are multiple advocacy tracks on which youth representatives can be active, whether advocating policies at the national level or representing World Scouting at the United Nations or regional platforms.

The network will be required to attend a week-long in-person training from October 31st-November 6th, 2019 in Muscat, Oman where they will receive a comprehensive introduction to advocacy, public speaking, key processes, as well as WOSM structures, programmes, and partners. Youth Representatives will be aged 18-27, come from every region in the world, and are anticipated to be active for three years following the training. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply before 15 August, 2019. The World Scout Bureau will seek the endorsement of National Scout Organizations after selecting a shortlist of candidates.

Participant Profile: 

  • Scouts who are active in their NSO and between 18-27 years old at the time of application
  • Is interested in following key institutional policy processes on behalf of World Scouting and representing World Scouting in these processes
  • Is interested or experienced in youth policy processes and/or media relations
  • Are available to participate in key events for relevant processes and related engagements
  • Is fluent in English. Proficiency in another WOSM working language (Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish) would be an advantage.
  • Has a scout.org profile. If you do not have a profile yet, please create one at https://www.scout.org/register
  • Is able to participate in a training from 31 October-6 November

Responsibilities of Youth Representatives:

The main responsibility of youth representatives is to represent WOSM externally. Youth representatives will not be part of the governance structure of WOSM, such as for example the Youth Advisors, rather they will have an operational role in implementing Vision 2023 and the Communications and Strategic Partnership Strategy by being the face and advocates of the world’s leading educational youth movement. Selected youth representatives are expected to spend up to 2 hours per week on the role, depending on their specific thematic assignments and upcoming events. There will be an ongoing dialogue with youth representatives on the time their time commitment.

Selection process

Candidates will be selected based on

  • Qualifications and eligibility requirements
  • Interest in international relations, influencing policy decicions, youth participation, and representing Scouting to external audiences
  • Indication of the candidate's ability to effectively represent WOSM to different audiences and in a number of settings after attending the required training

All candidates will be examined through an assessment process that will include both Regional and Global level. Please note that several candidates from one NSO can apply, however, geographic distribution and representation will be taken into consideration in the selection process.

*Applications are required to be written in English as fluency in English is a minimum requirement for participation

Applications for the 2019 open call have now closed. Shortlisted candidates will be notified in Autumn 2019.

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