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.
In 2020, the Youth Policy-Makers will have the opportunities to:
- Partake in engagement and learning exchange opportunities to strengthen your capacity to influence policy making and advocacy processes
- Connect with a network of youth and allies through online webinars and in-person
- Take part in and/or lead online or in-person sessions during key moments such as the International Development Week and OCIC’s Global Citizens Forum
- Apply for travel subsidies to attend sub-national, national or international meetings and delegations
- Get access to OCIC events and networking opportunities for the duration of the program
The application to join the Youth Policy-Makers Hub (2020) is now closed. The next round of application will open in Nov-Dec 2020. If you would like to receive email updates on the YPH activities and relevant public events, please subscribe to our mailing list.
For inquiries about the program and application process, please contact our Community Engagement Specialist, Eugenia Ochoa.
|Fatah Awil||James D’Souza||Iffat Damji|
|Piotr Dudek||Jennifer Gammad
|Sanchit Gupta||Sarah Hanson|
|Vivian Hung||Shiyana Hunter||Kayleigh Jooste||Vyshnavi
|Niko Moniz||Christina Muia||Abdullah Osman||Jasmine Ramze
|Sorit Seid||Farrah Katherin
|Mary Shin||Dequana Simmonds||Aditi Sivakumar|
|Madina Tabesh||Lesley Korlekie
Linda Bui, Council of Ontario Universities (COU) | OCIC Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador
Erick M. Carreras, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
Antu Hossain, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)
Samir Janmohamed, Parliament of Canada
Shannon Kindornay, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
Alexandra MacAulay Abdelwahab, NATIONAL Public Relations
Sabrina Natale, International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)
Joanna Patouris, ACT Alliance
Sydney Piggott, YWCA Canada OCIC Delegate to Women Deliver 2019
Gary Pluim, Lakehead University
Julia Rao, Youth Challenge International (YCI)
Safa Shahkhalili, Rain Barrel Communications | Rethinking Development Podcast
Anjum Sultana, YWCA Canada | Millennial Womxn in Policy
How many youth will be selected to participate in the Hub?
The current (2020) YPH cohort consists of 30 youth policy-makers and 15 allies.
Do you have to be an OCIC Member?
You do not need to be an OCIC member at the time of your application. If you are affiliated with, have volunteered or worked with OCIC organizational and institutional members, please indicate it in your application.
How long is the work term of the YPH?
Youth policy-makers participate in a 12-month program from December 2019 to December 2020. The current youth policy-makers are strongly encouraged to join the next program cycle as allies.
Where will meetings be held, and how often?
Youth policy-makers will participate in monthly meetings and learning activities online and in-person in Toronto (where possible). Those selected will be expected to contribute approximately 10 hours per month. Allies’ time commitment will be approximately 1-2 hours per month.
What are some types of national/sub-national meetings that participants may be able to take part in?
Youth Policy-Makers Hub representatives will engage in and attend a variety of sub-national, national or international meetings, such as the meetings with community and municipal leaders, provincial and federal representatives, and global meetings like the United Nations CSW64 / Beijing+25.
Can I apply to be a youth policy-maker and an ally at the same time?
Youth Policy-Maker applicants that are highly qualified and show a closer fit to the ally criteria will be invited to join the Hub as an ally. If you are unsure of your fit, please email email@example.com
Are you interested in applicants who have had international experience and exposure, or primarily Canadian experience?
We welcome and appreciate experience and exposure at multiple levels – both local and global. We believe that lived experience, activism and community organizing and engagement are crucial in mobilizing towards social change & global sustainable development. If you’ve had a wealth of experience in local and global policy-making and advocacy, we invite you to submit an ally application.