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Overseas Countries and Territories Youth Network

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The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Youth Network offers young people an exciting opportunity to embark on a one-year learning path, discovering the EU-OCT Partnership and the functioning of the European Institutions, and networking with like-minded young people from other OCTs.

Why an OCT Youth Network?

Over the past few years, engaging with youth has become one of the top priorities of the European Commission. It is a way to pro-actively seek the support of youth and partner with them to foster sustainable development and to acknowledge and enhance the key contributions of youth in pursuing positive social changes worldwide.

The OCT Youth Network is being launched by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Partnerships, which is responsible for formulating the EU’s international partnership and development policy.

What is the OCT Youth Network about?

The OCT Youth Network aims to increase the ties between young people living in OCTs and the European Union (EU), and enhance the knowledge and involvement of young people in the EU-OCT partnership.

The network’s objectives are to

  • connect young people from the 13 OCTs to each other and with the EU institutions and decision makers
  • project an OCT youth perspective to inform the EU-OCT partnership in a spirit of co-creation
  • deepen understanding about the EU in the OCTs
  • create links with other youth initiatives at regional and country level, including the EU and Member States

What will the network do?

OCT Youth Network members will serve a one-year mandate that includes: a week-long study visit to Brussels to explore the functioning of the European Institutions, four online webinars to deepen their knowledge and competences, and several facilitated dialogue sessions with top EU political leaders.

They will have a great opportunity to discover the EU-OCT partnership and engage with EU political leaders. They will also meet and network with a wide range of like-minded young people and with key EU actors, broadening their own personal and professional networks and horizons. Members of the OCT Youth Network will actively participate in crafting the network by contributing to its activities and co-selecting priorities and topics to be addressed.

In short, OCT Youth Network members will learn, debate, engage, participate and co-lead activities on youth perspectives of the EU-OCT Partnership with their OCT peers and with other actors.

Who will be members of the OCT Youth Network?

The OCT Youth Network will be composed of 25 young people (aged 20-28) representing all 13 OCTs associated with the EU: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Greenland, New Caledonia, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, and Wallis and Futuna.

How to become a member?

The OCT Youth Network will mirror the reality in the OCTs and will therefore be highly diverse. It will bring together a wide range of youth profiles and backgrounds, opinions and experiences, areas of interest and knowledge, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Members of the OCT Youth Network will be selected via an open call for applicants.

Application timeline

Applications can be submitted online from May 11, 2022, via the Overseas Countries and Territories Youth Network application form.

Due to maintenance of the application platform, the deadline to submit applications has been extended to June 6, 2022, 23.59 (CEST). Receipt of applications will be confirmed by email.

The selection process will be conducted in two stages

  • First stage: all candidates will be informed whether or not they have been shortlisted by June 10, 2022
  • Second stage: shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview between June 15, 2022 and June 29, 2022

Final results: all shortlisted candidates will be informed of the final results between July 4, 2022 and July 8, 2022.

More detailed information can be found in the call document below. 

 

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