What is OIYP?
Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) is a global network of young people working with their communities to create positive, equitable and sustainable change. If you are working with your community to create a positive future then you can apply to be a part of the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships.
How does it work?
Between 2010 and 2013, you will have opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding and to talk and exchange with other young people from around the world. You will be able to use these opportunities to support your work with your community.
Your participation in OIYP will start in March 2010. If selected, you must be available to attend an event in November 2010 in New Delhi, India.
Who are we looking for?
Are you a young person who cares about what is happening in your community? Are you committed to working with others to overcome injustices? Do you want to learn from other young people working with their communities all around the world?
If you answered YES to these questions, would you consider applying to be a member of the OIYP?
OIYP is open to all nationalities, Indigenous and ethnic groups. It is open to young people with any level of education and who live in rural or urban areas. We aim to recruit equal numbers of young men and women. We have a strong focus on the participation of Indigenous young people and those marginalised in their communities.
Apply to be part of OIYP
To apply, fill in the attached application form or download one from www.oiyp.oxfam.org. See next pages for more information, instructions and selection criteria.
To apply you must be:
- aged between 18 and 25 as at 1 October 2010
- speak fluent English or Spanish
Your application will be assessed against selection criteria.
Applications close on 31 December 2009.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE APPLYING FOR OXFAM INTERNATIONAL YOUTH PARTNERSHIPS (OIYP)?
1. How are participants selected?
Oxfam selects 300 young people according to selection criteria. OIYP is open to all nationalities, Indigenous and ethnic groups. It is open to young people with any level of education and who live in rural or urban areas. We aim to recruit equal numbers of women and men. We have a strong focus on the participation of Indigenous young people and those marginalised in their communities.
Selection Criteria for OIYP 2010 – 2013
» Age: 18-25 at 1 October 2010
» Speak English or Spanish
» Not previously a participant with OIYP (an Action Partner)
» Available to attend an 8 day event in November 2010, in New Delhi, India
Core Selection Criteria
» Commitment to finding new ways of creating change
» Evidence of commitment to positive, equitable and sustainable change
» Ability to explain your own understanding of the issues you are working on
» A commitment to personal reflection and developing self-awareness
» Community or organisational support
» 50/50 males and females from a diversity of communities and countries.
» We are looking for people working on a diversity of issues affecting young people
Our selection process involves:
» Checking applications for eligibility
» Assessment based on selection criteria
» Review of short-listed applications by selection panels with regional knowledge
If you want more information about selection write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Past participants have been from 150 countries and have worked with their communities in many different ways:
» A young man in the Solomon Islands set up a drama group with unemployed young people to communicate about HIV/AIDS with other young people.
» A young woman from Mexico worked with mothers of disappeared and murdered women to achieve justice.
» A young man from Ghana supported small scale farms in his community.
» A young woman from Cambodia worked with garment workers to campaign for better labour conditions.
Young people in the OIYP network create change in partnership with others in their communities.
2. When will I know if I’ve been selected?
Oxfam will be in contact in March 2010 to advise you if you have been selected for OIYP.
3. What will happen if I am selected?
If you are selected, you will join the OIYP network as an OIYP ‘Action Partner’. Between 2010 and 2013 you will have opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and exchange with other young people from across the world. There will be three stages to your involvement in Oxfam International Youth Partnerships.
A) Getting to know each other: March – August 2010
Your participation in OIYP will start in March 2010 when you are selected. From March until August 2010, you will have the first opportunities to get to know and to learn from other young people in the OIYP network. During this time Oxfam will be in contact with you to learn more about you and your community. Oxfam will also give you more information on Oxfam and OIYP.
At this point you will also be informed of how OIYP will support you to attend the Kaleidoscope event in November 2010. All participants will be required to do some fundraising. There is a limited scholarship pool which will be allocated and Oxfam will provide support letters and training on fundraising.
B) Coming together – Kaleidoscope 2010 (November 2010 New Delhi, India)
To be selected as an Action Partner, you must be available to attend an 8 day event in November 2010 in New Delhi, India. At this event, you will meet other Action Partners and Oxfam staff, discuss issues affecting your community, build skills, share ideas and experiences, celebrate and plan future action in your community.
C) Learning and working with others for change – November 2010-2013
After OIYP Kaleidoscope 2010 you will continue to learn and develop through opportunities provided by Oxfam and through exchange with other young people in OIYP.
Over the three years, opportunities for learning, networking and taking action will arise that will be relevant to you and what you are doing with your community. You can choose which activities to participate in. You are not required to engage with the OIYP for a set amount of time each week, month or year. You are simply encouraged to contribute your experiences, draw support from the network as you need it, and continue to work with others in your community.
These opportunities will include skills-based training relevant to your work, discussions and exchanges with young people on issues that are relevant to your work in your community.
Examples of past opportunities include:
» Gender Learning Group: Two young women from Papua New Guinea wrote to others in the OIYP network asking them to create a ‘gender learning group’ to exchange their stories and resources on gender through postal mail. This group has discussed and shared experiences on gender issues over a year. For many, gender is now a major aspect of their work in their communities. A young woman from Mexico worked with mothers of disappeared and murdered women to achieve justice.
» Project Management Skills: OIYP facilitates online and distance education around key skills like project management. Through online discussion participants share their experiences and gain new skills on project planning, project implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation.
4. How do I apply?
You can apply by sending your application with your letter(s) of support from community members or organisations before December 31st 2009 by email, fax or mail.
If you are handwriting this application and there is not enough space in the boxes to write your answers, you can attach additional sheets of paper. Responses that exceed the word limit will not be considered.