>Oxfam International Youth Partnership (OIYP) Deadline 12th February 2010

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Forwarded from OXFAM

Applications are now being accepted for Oxfam International Youth Partnerships until the 12th February 2010.

For more information visit http://oiyp.oxfam.org
For the direct llink to the application form, visit http://oiyp.oxfam.org/oiyp/template_02.aspx?id=52

Please pass this on to any young people (18-25 years old) you know who want to bring about positive change in their communities, are committed to working with others, and want to learn from other young people around the world. We also encourage more than one applicant from each organisation or community group.

What is OIYP?

Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) is an Oxfam International initiative, managed by Oxfam Australian since 2000. OIYP strengthens young people’s ability to effect change in their community, and provides a base from which they can influence broader changes through engagement in a global network of over 1100 OIYP Action Partners.

Through a 3 year Program, OIYP will provide opportunities and support for 300 new Action Partners so they may demonstrate leadership and expand the influence of youth for positive changes locally, nationally and globally.

To launch the 2010 – 2013 OIYP Program, Oxfam will host an 8 day Kaleidoscope event in November 2010 in New Delhi, India. At this event, Action Partners are given the opportunity to connect with people across regions and cultures that are facing similar challenges in their own communities. This allows for the chance for a cultural exchange, as well as the exchange of skills and knowledge building and planning on how young people can contribute to changes in their own lives as well as the lives of others in their communities. The following two years includes a variety of online and offline learning and development opportunities including face to face workshops, cultural immersion programs, e-workshops, online discussions and networking opportunities.

For more information about the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) Program, please visit our website http://oiyp.oxfam.org

A short video of the last Kaleidoscope event, held in 2007 in Sydney, can be found here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgPRoCGI6_U.

Who are we looking for?

Every 3 years OIYP goes through a rigorous process of recruiting and selecting a new group of 300 Action Partners. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be aged 18-25, able to speak English or Spanish conversationally and available to attend an 8 day event in November 2010, in New Delhi, India.

Core selection criteria:

· Commitment to finding new ways of working
· Evidence of commitment to positive, equitable and sustainable change
· Ability to explain their own understanding of the issues they’re working on
· A commitment to personal reflection and developing self awareness
· Community or organizational support

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 have a strong focus on the participation of Indigenous young people and those marginalised in their communities.

For the 2010 – 2013 OIYP Program, Oxfam is specifically targeting young people who:

· Are active on gender justice
· From communities impacted by climate change
· Living with a disability
· Using innovative means to influence decision makers (locally or nationally)
· Are from minority Indigenous groups

Applying to be part of OIYP

Application forms in word and PDF format are available by visiting http://oiyp.oxfam.org or can be directly found at http://oiyp.oxfam.org/oiyp/template_02.aspx?id=52

Applications will be assessed against selection criteria by Oxfam Australia staff; staff from other Oxfam affiliates; youth partners and current OIYP Action Partners.

Applications close on 12 February 2010.

Applicants will be informed of their selection by mid April 2010. At this point, we will inform successful applicants (Action Partners) of how OIYP will support them to attend the OIYP Kaleidoscope 2010 event. There is a limited scholarship pool which will be allocated to support travel costs for many of the top selected Action Partners. However some Action Partners may be required to fundraise for travel costs, in these cases OIYP will provide support letters and training on fundraising. There is no registration fee for OIYP.

Please feel free to contact the OIYP team if you would like to discuss OIYP further or if you have any specific questions about the application form.

From the OIYP Team

Kandank Ilmu Team

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