UK-German Youth Council 2021-22

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Do you want to join a lively network of young people and support UK-German Connection in the development of new opportunities for young people? Applications are now open for our UK-German Youth Council! 

Our Youth Council is a consultation forum of young people from across the UK and Germany, who meet on a regular basis to develop ideas to bring young people from the two countries closer together. The Youth Council is designed to represent a wide cross-section of society of both countries, with differing backgrounds, interests and experiences. German language skills are not a requirement.

  • What are the purpose and aims of the Youth Council?

    The purpose and aims of the Youth Council are:

    • to co-design UK-German youth activities, which support UK-German Connection’s strategic planning and feed in to stakeholder discussions;
    • to generate new ideas for future programmes, including opportunities for digital engagement;
    • to discuss and share insights about the situation in each country (e.g. school life, societal updates, topical issues);
    • to act as a sounding board for UK-German Connection’s programme ideas, providing feedback and the ‘youth perspective’;
    • to be Ambassadors for UK-German Connection, with the opportunity to take on new responsibilities outside of the role (e.g. mentoring future participants, acting as Young Leaders).
  • What does Youth Council membership involve?

    As a member of the UK-German Youth Council, you would:

    • take part in regular virtual meetings, roughly every 6 weeks. Meetings take place on a Wednesday at 4:30pm (17:30 German time), and last around 1.5 hours. At least one meeting per year will be held face-to-face, if circumstances allow.
    • be a member of the Youth Council for at least 12 months, and be expected to attend all meetings during this period;
    • communicate actively with other Youth Council members and UK-German Connection staff before, during & after meetings;
    • complete preparation work in advance of meetings. The preparation will be a time commitment of around 1 hour per meeting.

    Youth Council meetings include:

    • societal and cultural updates from both countries
    • time for members to discuss topics amongst themselves in breakout rooms
    • creative discussions, consultations, and group planning sessions
    • plenary feedback with all Youth Council members & UK-German Connection representatives
  • Who can apply to become a Youth Council member?

    You can apply if you:

    • have an active interest in the development of UK-German youth relations;
    • are aged 14-25 years old;
    • are a resident of either the UK & Germany;
    • can demonstrate strong communication skills and actively engage in all Youth Council activities, including discussions with peers in both countries.

    We welcome applications:

    • from all four UK countries;
    • from language-learners and non-language learners;
    • from young people with different thematic interests (e.g. STEM, history, citizenship, sport);
    • from young people with a variety of extracurricular hobbies and a range of international / intercultural experience.

    Both Alumni (past participants from a range of UK-German Connection programmes) and new participants are welcome to apply to become a member of the Youth Council.

    Please note: a maximum of one participant per institution will be selected to join the UK-German Youth Council.

  • How to apply
    • Complete the Application Form (on Microsoft Forms), outlining your motivation and experience (please read carefully and refer to the information outlined on this web page before applying).
      • you will be able to download a copy of your application answers for your own reference
    • Your application needs to be supported by somebody who can vouch for your skills and experience, e.g. a teacher, youth group leader, mentor etc. This should be sent in the form of an email reference to networks@ukgermanconnection.org
      • they should confirm that they are aware of your application, and outline the skills and experiences that make you a suitable Youth Council candidate
      • this could include comments on communication & social skills, ability to work with others and participate actively in meetings, relevant extracurricular involvement etc.

    You need to submit your application form by Tuesday, 24 August 2021. We need to receive your reference (see above) by the same date. Applications will be assessed after the deadline, and we will notify you of the outcome of your application by mid-September.

    If you or your referee have any questions about the above, please contact networks@ukgermanconnection.org

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions about applying to join the Youth Council, please send an email to networks@ukgermanconnection.org