International Partnerships

Youth Sounding Board

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The Youth Sounding Board in a nutshell

Youth empowerment is a top priority for EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, and the EU believes that young people must be involved in shaping and implementing its external action. The Youth Sounding Board aims to create a real, fundamental, long-lasting change in how the EU engages with young people in its development cooperation.

25 motivated young people from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Europe.

The Youth Sounding Board is a space for young people to have an influence on EU external action and international partnerships. The selected board members will thereby contribute to make EU action more participatory, relevant and effective for young people in EU partner countries.

Online. At least four meetings will take place every year – virtually and, when the situation allows, in person in Brussels.

How much time?
The Youth Sounding Board members will commit for two years, for about 15 days a year.

This is an unpaid mandate. However, travel and other related expenses will be covered. 

See here for further details

Youth Sounding Board timeline

26 April 2021: Application Deadline
May-June 2021: Selection of candidates and interviews
Summer 2021: Launch of  the Youth Sounding Board

If you are passionate about international development and youth empowerment, this is your chance to help shape the world around you!

EU International Partnerships: for people and the planet

The European Commission’s department for International Partnerships is under the leadership of Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen.

Our role is to:

  • work together with partner countries across the world to achieve sustainable development and to
  • design the EU’s international partnership and development policy

Our ultimate goal is to reduce poverty and promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law across the world.

We accompany our partner countries on their path towards sustainable development and always adapt our support to their evolving needs.


Feel free to contact the Youth Sounding Board team at