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OECD Youthwise

The OECD's Youth Advisory Board for 2022, made up of 24 brilliant young people aged 18‒30 from 25 countries, focuses this year on how we can build an inclusive and green future for & with young people.

Youthwise was launched in 2021 to bring youth perspectives and ideas to the OECD, and improve youth understanding of the Organisation’s work and international policy making. 

“Young people are a bridge between generations;

they need to be part of the decision-making process

and not just review it after it is done“

– Idalia, 2021 Youthwise member

The Future Youth Want: Elements of a Youth Manifesto

At the initiative of the Italian Presidency of the 2022 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM), a workshop was organised on 8 June in Paris, bringing together members of Youthwise as well as representatives from youth organisations and OECD experts. A number of proposals emerged from it and were relayed to Ministers on 10 June (Browse Youthwise speeches) – the first time youth voices have been included in the MCM.

Youthwise activities

The Youthwise delegates will:

  • bring your generation's perspectives, insights, and ideas to the OECD 
  • participate in closed-door meetings and consultations, engaging with a range of topics, themes, and people from the OECD, having direct input into OECD work 
  • be able to speak on panels and participate in webinars, providing interventions on behalf of Youthwise 
  • create and (co-)author documents, articles, and videos to share Youthwise views 
  • join interactive workshops with other youth boards such as the Y20, meeting youth leaders from around the world 
  • network, gaining a better understanding of how international policy-making functions

Follow the activities of Youthwise members below:

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Jury and terms of appointment

  • An inter-generational OECD jury reviewed applications, aiming to create a diverse, representative group of young people.

  • The list of successful applicants is available above. Due to the volume of applications received, only successful applicants were contacted.

  • The standard term of appointment is from March 2022 until April 2023.

  • Currently, given the COVID-19 public health situation, all Youthwise activities will be online.

  • Youthwise members will not be remunerated for their participation. 

Selection criteria

Applicants had to:

  • between 18 and 30 years of age as of 1 January 2022
  • a national of an OECD member country (more detail in the brochure)
  • fluent in English (more detail in the brochure)
  • highly interested in national and international debates on how to build a green and inclusive future
  • able to dedicate up to 8 hours per month to Youthwise-related activities (including preparatory reading, group work, meetings, interventions on panels, etc.)
  • available to participate in the Youthwise programme from March 2022 until April 2023
  • able to access a stable internet connection to receive and reply to e-mails, to participate in online meetings, webinars, etc.
  • neither currently affiliated with the OECD, nor have a relative who is currently affiliated with the OECD
  • and answer, by video or text, the question: What do you think should be the top priority for governments to ensure an inclusive and green future for young people?

Youthwise 2021

The first ever Youthwise class was made of 24 people aged 19-30 from 24 OECD member countries.

Under the umbrella of the I am the Future of Work campaign, the Youthwise programme’s initial focus was on learning and employment with input provided notably to the Youth Action Plan.