To bring youth voices into policy debates, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched Youthwise, an advisory group of people between 18 and 30 years old.

There are 1.8 billion people in the world between 10 and 24 years old. They are among the most affected by the COVID-19 crisis and need to be included in building a sustainable, inclusive and green recovery. 

In 2021, the OECD is renewing its Youth Action Plan in order to place young people’s concerns at the centre of the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.  This is why the OECD is launching Youthwise, a new Youth Advisory Board to bring young people’s insights and ideas to the OECD, as well as expose them to the work of the OECD and the role of international organisations in policy making.

Interested to apply? If your country is a member of the OECD, you are between 18 and 30 years old, have solid English langaguage skills and you would like to have the chance to exchange with and learn from OECD experts and policy makers, you have until 5 March to apply.

As part of the application process you are asked to voice your opinion on the following question: What do you think is the most important action that political leaders should take to help young people thrive in their professional lives? 

An intergenerational jury of OECD professionals from the Public affairs and Communications and the Public Governance directorates will review applications, aiming to create a diverse, representative group of young people. Members will be announced mid-March; please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.

As a Youthwise delegate, you will:
• Have a voice in the OECD Youth Action Plan, by bringing your generation’s insights to the OECD and its stakeholders
• Participate in webinars and consultations with member states and engage with OECD experts and members of the OECD Global Parliamentary Network, thus gaining a better understanding of how the OECD functions
• Take part in the OECD I am the Future of Work campaign, by leading local events, mobilising your networks and gathering
insights to inform OECD work
• Join interactive workshops with the Y20, meeting youth leaders from around the world

Applications will close on March 5 and may be submitted online. Please see the attached document for further details.