Youthwise, the OECD’s Youth Advisory Board, was established in 2021 with a dual mission: to foster a better understanding of the OECD's work and international policy-making among young people, and to bring forth the valuable perspectives and ideas of youth to the Organisation.
Youthwise 2023 consists of 22 exceptional young people aged 18 to 30. These brilliant individuals bring a diverse range of professional backgrounds and interests to the table, including in fields such as artificial intelligence, education, environment, technology, gender equality, health and social care, law, politics, climate, natural sciences, social mobility, and beyond.
Meet the group and read up on their latest activities below!
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In November 2023, we began our series of Youth Consultations in Berlin (learn more below). The discussion centres around the OECD Youth Recommendation (Spanish version available here), allowing young people to explore areas of policy that affect them and exchange with OECD experts. To continue the series, we held two more virtual consultations covering the regions of Latin America and Asia-Pacific. The consultations were open to young people aged 18-30 who are nationals of the OECD countries in the respective areas (Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica and Colombia; Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea). The culmination of the outputs of all the consultations will be presented to OECD experts working on the Horizontal Project on Youth.
On 13 November, young people from across Europe, OECD experts plus Youthwise members came together for an engaging discussion on policy areas that concern young people, such as education and skills, jobs, housing, inequalities and mental health. All of these areas fall under the OECD Youth Recommendation, the aim of which is to promote government-wide strategies and set out a range of policy principles to improve youth measures and outcomes.
The goals of the workshop were to:
Gain a better understanding of young people’s needs and priorities
Discuss the role that youth and youth organisations can play in the implementation of the Youth Recommendation to help ensure it delivers the best possible outcomes for young people
Photos from the workshop can be found here. The outputs of the workshop will be compiled in a summary document, which will be enriched by future consultations on the topic of implementing the Youth Recommendation.
"If you are seeking new approaches to tackle the confluence of challenges that our world is facing, we are here.
"If you want to ensure that your policy-decisions are future-proof and incorporate the views of the youth, we are here.
"If you want to expand the reach and influence of the OECD, we are here.
"We want to work with you to translate this conversation into tangible change and make the vision of the MCM a reality. We want our voices to resonate and be part of the change today."
As part of Youthwise, members will:
In partnership with the
See below the activities they took part in:
The 2022 OECD's Youth Advisory Board was made up of 24 people aged 18-29 from 25 OECD member countries.
Focusing on the themes of climate and environment, digitalisation and youth representation, a highlight of their mandate was being invited to present their perspectives during the OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting.
The first ever Youthwise class was made up 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.
Applicants had to be:
Applicants had also to submit:
Applicants had to read thoroughly and agree to both: