Young volunteers needed!

Do you like to contribute and be active in your community on youth-related topics? Do you want to take it to the next level and have your voice heard by an international audience? Then you have come to the right place!

We are looking for young volunteers between 18 and 22 years old to join our youth advisory council, the #Youth. You will provide youth voices and youth perspectives within our organisation. 

Introduction: the #Youth 

The #Youth was created in 2014 to increase youth participation and strengthen youth voices within our organisation and our network. This advisory council is made up of young people working remotely from five regions that we work in: Africa, Americas and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and Northern Africa. Through a peer-to-peer approach, the #Youth help us, and by extension our 166 members, to remain up-to-date on issues that are important to young people in their regions. 

Depending on the activities of the year, #Youth members can potentially be involved in, for example research, data collection, analysis and publication, writing articles and features on issues relevant to young people, children’s rights and child helplines, and meaningfully presenting youth voices and perspectives at relevant events, forums and platforms. #Youth members collaborate not only with each other, but also with other young people, child helplines, as well as staff and the Supervisory Board of Child Helpline International. #Youth members work remotely. To see examples of some of the work of the #Youth, please visit this page. 

Why join the #Youth? 

  • You are given a platform to have your voice heard and to allow for meaningful participation in society.  
  • You can meet and build relationships with other young people from other parts of the world, and learn from each other. 
  • You get the opportunity to learn about the diverse NGO world, and gain practical knowledge on child helplines, children’s rights, and child protection mechanisms. 

Who are we looking for? 

You are between the age of 18 and 22. Whilst we follow the United Nation’s definition of youth upper age limit of 24, we recruit for up to and including 22 years old to give you the opportunity to be on the council for a minimum of three years 

You are also passionate about children’s rights, appreciate the importance of youth participation, and are committed to advocate for the well-being of children and youth. You can commit to around 12 hours a month, for a minimum period of one year. In addition: 

  • You enjoy writing blogs and articles;
  • You are proactive, communicative, and possess leadership skills; 
  • You are reliable and a team player; 
  • You are flexible and can adapt to changing situations quickly;  
  • You are proficient in written and spoken English (proficiency in French, Spanish or Arabic is greatly appreciated); 
  • Experience using, volunteering or working with child helplines is preferred. 

Application 

To apply, please fill in this application form by 13 June 2021. All applications will be processed after the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Hanis Shamsul-Béné at hanis@childhelplineinternational.org.  

We value diversityAnyone fulfilling the requirements is invited to apply. We especially encourage applications from LGBTQI+ young people, young people with disabilities, young people with a migration background and young people identifying as male as these are groups that are currently underrepresented within our #Youth advisory council. 

About Us 

Child Helpline International is a collective impact organisation with 166 members from 139 countries and territories around the world. We coordinate information, viewpoints, knowledge and data from our child helpline members, partners and external sources. This exceptional resource is used to help and support child protection systems globally, regionally and nationally, and to help our members advocate for the rights of children and amplify their voices.  

 

To download this call for volunteers, click here.