IOM is calling on young people to join its Global Youth Ambassador Initiative and help advocate and promote youth voices on migration issues.
The IOM Youth Ambassador Initiative aims to strengthen youth voices and provide a platform for youth as agents of change in the field of migration. By amplifying youth voices, promoting safe, orderly and regular migration, and fostering youth-inclusive policies, the initiative seeks to create a more inclusive and sustainable future for all.
The Migration Youth Ambassadors will work closely with IOM for a period of one year to advocate for safe, orderly, dignified and inclusive migration, including on climate mobility, human trafficking, xenophobia and health and to empower young people in their communities to participate in dialogues on migration and related issues.
Interested in becoming IOM’s Global Youth Ambassador?
- Are you between the age of 18 – 30 years old (inclusive) as of 30 December 2023?
- Are you passionate about migration issues and have experience in contributing to youth empowerment in your community?
- Are you motivated to contribute to national, regional and global discussions on migration issues?
- Are you interested to work with an international organization with access to a global network?
The objectives of the Youth Ambassador Initiative:
- Amplify youth voices: The initiative aims to provide a platform for young people to express their perspectives, create content and ideas, and share experiences on migration-related matters. By amplifying youth voices, the initiative seeks to foster a more inclusive and representative approach to migration governance.
- Advocate for youth-inclusive and youth-sensitive policies: The Youth Ambassadors will advocate for policies that prioritize the well-being of youth in host, transit and destination communities as well as young migrants who are members of diaspora and facilitate their meaningful participation in migration-related discussions and decision-making processes.
- Promote safe, orderly, regular and dignified migration: The Youth Ambassadors will engage in advocacy efforts to promote access to information and resources related to migration and legal pathways.
- Empower young people: Through capacity building, mentorship, and knowledge sharing, the Youth Ambassadors will be empowered to become effective advocates and change-makers in their communities. They will develop leadership skills, enhance their understanding of migration issues and the interaction with other issues, and gain the confidence to address these issues effectively in collaboration with, and support of, partners including governments, local authorities, private sector, etc.
Through this initiative, participating Youth Ambassadors will:
- Make a difference in their communities and help the issues that youth are facing
- Develop leadership, public speaking, and media engagement skills
- Enhance understanding of migration issues and gain the confidence to address these issues effectively
- Gain opportunities for personal growth, networking, skills development, and tools necessary to drive positive change in their communities
- Meet other peers working on the same issues and build a strong youth network
Expectations from Youth Ambassadors:
- Contribute to discussions on migration issues and bring migration/human mobility considerations into other policy discussions, create content, advocate and support any fundraising efforts.
- Propose innovative ideas and pilot youth-led solutions to address challenges faced by young people, particularly young migrants.
- Engage with your local community, including with youth partners and other stakeholders, to raise awareness and share experiences.
- Present the work in high-level meetings.