What is Plan International USA’s Youth Advisory Board?
The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a youth-led group that advises Plan International USA, including its Board of Directors and Executive Team. The YAB also develops projects and campaigns related to Plan’s work, including the network of teenage activists in Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA).
As a children’s rights organization with a reputation for youth involvement, it is incredibly important that we have young people like you in our leadership.We believe it is Plan’s responsibility to provide youth with a platform to provide our leadership with meaningful input and suggestions. Obtaining youth perspectives will help ensure Plan International USA implements the most inclusive and successful programs. In short, YOU are the key to our success!
What does serving on the Youth Advisory Board entail?
Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members participate in monthly meetings and contribute to Plan’s campaigns, reports, youth initiatives and programming. They also participate in advocacy with Plan at certain high-level events, like International Day of the Girl Events in NYC. Members participate in project sub-committees throughout the year and self select for those opportunities. Members communicate mostly through email, phone, and Skype, and there is an annual retreat held each winter.
Typically, members serve on the board for two years, with monthly commitments. For those members who meet group guidelines and wish to stay on, terms will be extended for an additional year. YAB members are not paid employees of Plan. This is a volunteer role. However, you can receive community service credit.
Members are also expected to:
- Serve in an advisory role to the Executive Team, CEO, and Board of Directors
- Give input on initiatives, such as campaigns, marketing materials, and our strategic plan
- Serve as a liaison with peers in Plan’s other national offices (for example: Sweden, Australia, Canada, or Germany)
- Support the roll-out of the global youth governance strategy with a goal of implementing YABs in all 50 country offices, and providing support to Plan’s other national and country offices when needed
- Speak at meetings, conferences, and forums as needed, representing Plan and its youth governance work
- Design/develop creative and innovative ideas for programming on the individual and institutional level
- Serve as an ambassador when youth representatives from other Plan offices visit the United States
- Work side-by-side with Plan staff to build upon and refresh existing youth programs
- Represent Plan’s work in your school, university and community
Here are the qualifications we look for in our applicants!
- Be a current or former participant in one of Plan’s youth programs
- Be under the age of 25
- Be a U.S. citizen or reside in the U.S.
- Be comfortable speaking with senior members of Plan’s staff
- Be able to speak in public in front of groups and adults
- Be confident and willing to freely express opinions
- Be able to think creatively and offer solutions
- Participate in monthly meetings via phone or Skype
Think you’re a perfect fit? This is how you can apply!
- Fill out the online application. Click Here to apply.
- Have a teacher, mentor, or coach fill out the online evaluation. Click Here for the online evaluation.
- Interview. After you apply, we’ll contact you in order to schedule an interview.
DEADLINE: Friday, February 27th at midnight.
Thank you so much for your interest! We look forward to reading your application.