To help AFSC’s Youth Programs Office receive meaningful input from the constituency it serves: youth, the Director for Youth Programs is seeking nominations for members to serve on the Youth Advisory Council. The purpose of the committee is twofold. First, it gives young people the opportunity to advise the Director for Youth Programs on issues that affect them. Second, it provides committee members with the opportunity to network and share insights and perspectives. The Council will be a diverse group of up to 15 young adults (from 18 to 30 years of age). Council members may come from any of the regions AFSC serves. They can be AFSC staff or members of the outside community familiar with the AFSC and our mission.
Most of the work of the Council will be done through conference calls and e-mail discussions, with the possibility of Live Meetings or other Web communications too. The committee will confer every 6 weeks, with the expectation that some issues can be discussed by e-mail between conference calls. There may need to be some flexibility in terms of meeting times if the committee ends up having members from a wide span of time zones. Current and returning members will host an initial meeting for the Council to get to know each other and plan their work. This gathering takes place in late August or early September. A term on the Council runs August 1st, 2012 – August 1st 2013 and Council members will have the opportunity to serve two terms and be elected to leadership positions. The Council does not meet June, July or December.
The Youth Advisory Council’s Mission
We, as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Youth Advisory Council, aim to include and highlight a diverse youth voice within the work and vision of AFSC. Overall, we want to ensure that AFSC uses the best methods and strategies in its efforts of working towards peace, justice and humanitarian service around the world for generations to come.
The Council is an advisory body and not a decision making body. They will advise the Office of Youth Programs on broad issues affecting Youth Programs, not on particular programs themselves. Although the Council is a good conduit for AFSC to hear what youth have to say about its programs, Council members should be mindful of Regions’ autonomy in the program area.
If you know of anyone who might be a good candidate for the Council, please share application. If you are interested in serving on the Council yourself, please fill out the application and return it to Renata Cobbs-Fletcher, Assistant General Secretary for Integration and Impact at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be received by Friday, May 18th, 2012.