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OECD Youthwise

1.8 billion people in the world are 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.

To bring youth voices into policy debates, the OECD has created Youthwise – an advisory group of people between 18 and 30 years old – as part of our “I am the future of work” campaign and the OECD Youth Action Plan we are developing to help countries design better policies for young people.

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The Youthwise delegates will:

  • have a voice in the OECD Youth Action Plan, by bringing their 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 their own networks and gathering insights to inform OECD work
  • join interactive workshops with the Youth 20, meeting youth leaders from around the world

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The future of work

The future of work is now. Digitalisation and globalisation have sparked radical shifts in how we live and work. The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has accelerated these beyond anything we could have imagined.

These changes raise essential questions about the precarity of our jobs, the support available if we're unable to work or retire, the skills we need for current and future jobs, the quality of those jobs, and what voice we have in shaping these outcomes.

Setting up Youthwise

Selection criteria

Applicants had to:

  • be between 18 and 30 years old as of 1 January 2021
  • be a national of an OECD country
  • be fluent in English
  • be highly interested in national and international debates on education and job policies, as shown by their social media activities, school/academic projects and personal interests
  • be committed to participating in a number of group activities in 2021
  • able to receive and reply to e-mails
  • AND answer "What do you think is the most important action that political leaders should take to help young people thrive in their professional lives?" by video or text

Jury and terms of appointment

An inter-generational jury of OECD professionals from the Public affairs and Communications and the Public Governance directorates reviewed applications aiming to create a diverse, representative group of young people. 

The standard term of appointment for each member will be from March until December 2021. Members commit to attend regular meetings with Youthwise members and contribute in meetings with OECD experts. Some reading to do ahead of time (approximately one hour per meeting) will be considered. 

Please note that, given the COVID-19 public health crisis, all Youthwise activities are currently planned as virtual events, without travel involved, though this may change as the health situation evolves.