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Youth Advisory Council

Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is comprised of 10 young people aged 15 to 24 who are passionate about international development issues, and who want to make a lasting difference in both Plan International Canada and the world.

YAC members support Plan International Canada in a governance and advisory capacity, by offering a youth perspective regarding Plan’s organizational activities – including everything from youth engagement to marketing to finance to human resources and programming. YAC members are not expected to represent the voice of all Canadian youth, and instead are encouraged to communicate their own opinions as a young person and that of their perception of their community.

Purpose of the YAC:

In alignment with Plan International Canada’s commitment to improving the lives of children and youth, and rooted in the principles of youth advocacy and governance, the Youth Advisory Council’s purpose is to provide Plan International Canada with insight on diverse outreach strategies in order to represent and mobilize a national network of youth.

Our Mandate:

  • Enable young people to learn about and support Plan International Canada’s mission
  • Provide insight on innovative, diverse youth engagement and outreach strategies and opportunities across Canada
  • Advise Plan International Canada on effective youth integration in the organization
  • Assist in the implementation of youth projects and activities
  • Ensure the voice of youth is heard by decision makers at Plan International Canada and elsewhere
  • Connect youth across Canada by encouraging personal network building and personal friendships
  • Receive mentorship opportunities through the Youth Engagement team

How the YAC works:

As a group, the YAC focuses on the unique and diverse skill-sets of its members. Rather than dividing into working groups to accomplish tasks, the YAC collaborates together on all projects. Since each YAC member brings a different perspective, the YAC functions best when all members have an equal seat at the table. The YAC is connected to the Global Youth Advisory Panel, Plan International’s youth governing body. The YAC will contribute not only to Plan International Canada’s goals, but will also collaborate with young people on Youth Advisory Council’s across Plan International’s global network.

Role and Responsibilities of a YAC Member:

  • Works closely with fellow YAC members and Plan staff to provide input into youth-related resources and web content produced by Plan International Canada’s Youth Engagement team
  • Attend all monthly meetings held the first Sunday of each month at 8 PM EST (via Google Hangouts) and Quarterly meetings
  • May be expected to meet outside of the monthly YAC meetings (in person/via Google Hangout) to advise on or participate in Plan Youth projects, or projects which Plan supports
  • Participate in ad hoc special projects as they arise
  • Provide input to Plan’s work as an ambassador to your region of Canada
  • Help develop the agenda and facilitate workshops at the annual YAC orientation

We are now accepting applications for Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council.

Want to join the YAC? Here’s what we’re looking for:

YAC Qualifications:

You might be wondering how we choose from so many amazing applicants? The following is a list of criteria we’re looking for in a candidate:

  • Must be 15 to 21 years old at the time of application
  • Must commit to a three year term
  • Previous involvement or interest with Plan International Canada, other international development organizations, or other charities/local community programs
  • Demonstrates interest in at least one area of Plan’s departmental work (i.e. fundraising, finance, community/youth engagement, marketing, communications, brand, etc.).
  • Experience and/or interest in program development and management, international development, advocacy, and especially governance
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Resides in Canada
  • Available to participate in the YAC annual orientation in Toronto the weekend of August 17-20, 2017.

Note: Plan International Canada will cover any travel and accommodation costs within Canada deemed necessary to attend the orientation.

To apply for Plan International Canada’s YAC, please click the Apply button and complete all fields, to help us get to know you a little better. Then click “Submit”. We will be using this information to help us select candidates for an interview with members of the YAC and the Manager of Youth Advocacy on the Youth Engagement team. The deadline to submit your application is Sunday June 4th 2017.

Thank you for your interest in joining Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council!

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