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OECD Youthwise: 2022 call for applications now open

The consequences of COVID-19 have accelerated pre-existing issues for young people and it will take a joint effort across sectors, stakeholders and generations to solve them. 

Youthwise, the OECD’s Youth Advisory Board, is made up of young people aged 18‒30 who bring their perspectives and ideas to the OECD.

Following the success of our first Youthwise class who worked on the future of work, we are excited to be launching Youthwise 2022!

In line with the OECD’s policy priorities, Youthwise members will focus this year on how we can build an inclusive and green future for & with young people.

Youth: The driving force for change after COVID-19

Young people are our leaders of tomorrow. They will drive forward efforts to create a more prosperous, more equitable and more resilient future.

Yet it is the young that have been among the hardest hit by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Investing in skills, education, quality jobs and mental health will help them rejuvenate their educational and career prospects, empowering them to face the future with confidence – and become the best they can be.

TUAC Statement on Youth

In response to the detrimental effects on young people during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) has created a Youth Network in May 2021. This group of young union activists, economists and coordinators since convened a public webinar and released a statement to the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in October

As a bottom line, young people want certainty and security when starting their education and entering labour markets. Policies need to combat social exclusion and promote youth well-being beyond economic outcomes.

Stand by Youth

To help today’s youth get through this crisis and prepare for the post-COVID world businesses of all sizes must rally round. Supporting the youth represents an opportunity – perhaps the best opportunity – that any business has to bounce back better and be fit for the post-COVID world.

The Stand By Youth Initiative aims to support and encourage businesses to help youth through the crisis and beyond by raising awareness, sharing best practice, and hosting events to connect and build a broader coalition of like-minded businesses.

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