Cultural Communities for Sustainable Development Consultation
Cultural Communities for Sustainable Development Consultation Convened by the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)...
The Youth Policy-Makers Hub (YPH) is a signature initiative of OCIC’s Community Engagement and Learning programs. The YPH is an multi-generational initiative that will engage diverse youth from across Ontario in international cooperation policy processes in support of Gender Equality, Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) action areas, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Global problems like gender inequality and climate change affect people of all ages everywhere. These complex problems require holistic inter-generational approaches, diverse mindsets, multi-disciplinary methods and multi-sectoral dialogue. OCIC recognizes the wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership that youth leaders bring to the international cooperation sector in Ontario and beyond. We want to help enable the active participation of youth at local, national and international policy-making tables to inform decisions that concern their lives, future and the planet.
OCIC’s Youth Policy-Makers Hub program goals are to:
The YPH goals are aligned with our Global Affairs Canada-funded project Inspiring Global Citizenship Initiative (2019-23) and the following guiding principles:
The Concept Note is also available in Accessible Word version
YPH members are:
As members of the Hub, youth have the opportunity to:
Selection Process and Criteria
Youth Policy-Makers were selected by a committee composed of OCIC staff and members, youth leaders, policy and advocacy partners. At least 50% of the committee members were youth, 18-35 years.
We believe that lived experience, activism and community organizing and engagement are crucial in mobilizing towards social change & sustainable development. We welcome and appreciate a diversity of experience. Applicants did not need to have formal work experience or academic background in policy and advocacy to apply. However, they had to be able to demonstrate an active interest in policy-making and advocacy processes and meet the following minimum requirements:
Applications from youth representing historically marginalized communities and those who are mis- or under-represented in policy and advocacy spaces had priority focus, as well as those located outside the Greater Toronto Area.
Allies of various ages and stages in their career (young leaders, mid-career professionals and senior leaders):
Do you have to be an OCIC Member?
All YPH members are encouraged to be members of OCIC.
How long is the term of the YPH?
Youth policy-makers participate in a 6-month program from November 2020 to April 2021. The current youth policy-makers are strongly encouraged to join the next program cycle as allies.
Where are meetings being held, and how often?
Youth policy-makers participate in monthly meetings and learning activities online and in-person in Toronto (where possible). Those selected are expected to contribute approximately 1-2 hours per week.
Allies’ time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per month.
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