After a review process of the 600+ high-quality applications received, we have selected 23 young people aged between 18-30 from 25 OECD member countries (some having a dual nationality).
Youthwise is made up of 12 women and 11 men who will bring youth voices into OECD policy debates, under the umbrella of the “I am the future of work” campaign and through the Youth Action Plan that is being developed.
As part of a transformative recovery agenda, urgent help must be provided to youth in order to prevent long-term scarring of a generation. The different kinds of help and how they are delivered should be determined in collaboration with young people themselves. Not only are the stakes high for them, but their lived experiences, resilience and creativity, can help policy makers reinvent learning, working and living after COVID-19.
Applicants had to:
The 20 Youthwise delegates will:
An inter-generational 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 end of March; only successful applicants will be contacted.
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.
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.