TAPESTRY 2030 EPISODE 3: Land. Food. Culture. Justice.
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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.
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). OCIC’s Youth Policy-Makers Hub program goals are to increase the awareness and interest of Ontarians, especially youth, in international cooperation and key global issues, including gender equality and the SDGs and offer opportunities for meaningful youth participation in advocacy and policy-making processes, and in sub-national, national and international programs, meetings, delegations
The YPH goals are aligned with our Global Affairs Canada-funded project Inspiring Global Citizenship Initiative (2019-23) and the guiding principles of OCIC’s gender transformative approach, which emphasizes intersectionality and policies on women’s rights and gender equality, anti-oppression, and public engagement, Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy’s (FIAP) feminist and integrated approach to development, which sees gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in a manner that is both targeted and cross-cutting, and the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness.
YPH members are:
As members of the Hub, youth have the opportunity to:
Previous Hub Activities
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. Applicants need to demonstrate an active interest in policy-making and advocacy processes through evidence of past investment and intention, as well as meet the following 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.
Applications for 2021-2022 Mentors Now Closed
Mentors 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 starting in September 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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