The application is now open!
Application for what?
To serve on Plan International USA’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB)! The YAB is a youth governance group at Plan with members from all across the United States. 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.
NOTE: As of August 2013, Plan had TWO youth governance bodies: the Youth Advisory Board and the YUGA Steering Committee. Current members voted to combine these two groups into one youth governance body called the Youth Advisory Board. YAB members can still focus on YUGA initiatives and they will have opportunities to work on other organizational projects if desired.
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 Malala Day at the United Nations. Members communicate mostly through email, phone, and Skype, although there are 1 – 2 in-person meetings scheduled every year.
Sounds great! What do I have to do as a YAB member?
- serve in an advisory role to the Senior Leadership 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 the 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 their schools, universities and communities
Youth Advisory Board (YAB) terms last through August 2014 and require 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.
Wow! Awesome. What skills or experience should I have?
- be 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
Can do. How do I 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, October 18 at midnight.
Thank you! We can’t wait to read your application.