Young Peacebuilders - VOLUNTEERING & INTERNSHIPS

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Overview

Together, more effectively supporting more children and youth as peacebuilders and measuring impact.

Details

Background
Far too many of our world’s children grow up amidst great violence and poverty. Over 90% of children live in Majority World (developing) nations. Nearly 80% of the poorest nations have experienced a major civil war in their recent past and some have over half of their population younger than 18. Countries with a high percentage of young people have a much higher risk of terrorism, war, and other violence than older nations. Children in these contexts suffer incredibly from sexual exploitation, disease, and loss of education, families and futures, and children represent half of war casualties.

Young Peacebuilders believes that young people provide hope for a more peaceful and prosperous future. In places primed for violence, great changes in thinking and acting are needed. It’s wise to invest in those most likely to change their thoughts and actions—the children and youth. The youthfulness of high-risk contexts represents a great opportunity. However, to seize this opportunity we must invest in supporting young people as engaged citizens and devoted peacebuilders. Together, it can be done and is worth the cost.

Critical Partnerships & Research
Cross-sector partnerships are critical to achieve the scope and depth of peacebuilding impact needed to bring durable peace in high-risk contexts. No one group is sufficiently equipped to mobilize a nations young people as peacebuilders. However, if NGOs, FBOs, governments, religious leaders, and other influencers work together effectively, it can be done.
It is also critical to show that investing in young peacebuilders actually develops more durable peace. Again, achieving this research with scale and quality requires partnership. Research will help improve efforts and catalyze larger scale investments in young peacebuilders. We want to see a major shift in the dominant method of addressing contemporary conflicts toward investing in young people as peacebuilders. We believe one critical means for doing this is producing world-class longitudinal research verifying the effectiveness of child/youth peacebuilding in multiple high-risk contexts and then having that research promoted widely by a partnership of highly reputable academics, practitioners, and institutions. We start YP Institutes in established universities in higher-risk contexts. Promising research fellows in YP Institutes conduct supervised ongoing research on child/youth peacebuilding.

The Plan, YP Groups
We help develop strong and sustainable YP Groups in cities, nations, and regions. YP Groups can start and grow quickly because they are largely independent but highly interconnected. Each YP Group forms a cross-sector partnership in their area. They leverage existing infrastructure, like schools, mosques, churches, and clubs, to help children and youth work with adults and other young people to build peace and avoid the violent destructive patterns that many predict. Young people are empowered to research and help build a more peaceful and prosperous future.

We support local leaders in: 1) Catalyzing a YP Coordinating Team, 2) gathering other diverse leaders, 3) clarify the Young Peacebuilders vision, 4) together identify obstacles to achieving the vision in their context, 5) planning how they will over come their obstacles, and then, 6) implementing their plan to nurture large numbers of children and youth with peacebuilding passion and skills and measure impact. After an aspiring YP Group meets some basic requirements they become an affiliated or official YP Group and receive special benefits. Following are the 5 core values of every YP Group.

Q: Who are the Young Peacebuilders Consultants? 

Our team includes a diverse group of experts with experience ranging from catalyzing a peacebuilding movement as a child in a war affected nation, to practitioners and academics with PhDs in child and youth peacebuilding, and a Lost Boy of South Sudan who is now a PhD candidate and influential peacebuilder. 

Q: What does Young Peacebuilders do?

The YP Consulting Team helps develop more effective child and youth peacebuilding focused partnerships, research, projects, and products. We serve others as consultants and we develop our own projects.

  • Partnerships: Cross-sector partnerships are critical to achieve the scope and depth of peacebuilding impact needed to bring durable peace in high-risk contexts. No one group is sufficiently equipped to mobilize a nation's young people as peacebuilders. However, if NGOs, FBOs, governments, religious leaders, and other influencers work together effectively, it can be done. Young Peacebuilders helps develop strong and sustainable cross-sector partnerships in cities, nations, and regions. Partnerships can start and grow quickly because they are largely independent but highly interconnected. They leverage existing infrastructure, like schools, mosques, churches, and clubs, to help children and youth work with adults and other young people to build peace and avoid the violent destructive patterns that many predict.

  • Research: It is critical to show that investing in young peacebuilders actually helps develop more durable peace. Again, achieving this research with scale and quality requires partnership. Research helps improve efforts and catalyze larger scale investments in young peacebuilders. We want to see a major shift in the dominant method of addressing contemporary conflicts toward investing in young people as peacebuilders. We believe one critical means for doing this is producing world-class longitudinal research verifying the effectiveness of child/youth peacebuilding in multiple high-risk contexts and then having that research promoted widely by a partnership of highly reputable academics, practitioners, and institutions. We value starting child and youth peacebuilding research institutes in established universities in higher-risk contexts and meaningfully engaging young people as researchers and analysts.

  • Projects and Products: More and improved projects, tools, and training materials are needed to better scale efforts supporting young peacebuilders in ways that prevent violence and nurture durable peace. Young Peacebuilders has the skills and experience to implement and improve child and youth peacebuilding projects as well as develop the training materials to expand or develop new projects.

Positions

Young Peacebuilders Development Director

The Director of Development creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Young Peacebuilders Communications Director

The Director of Communications is responsible for planning, development, and implementation of Young Peacebuilders’ communications strategy, marketing communications, and public relations activities; both external and internal. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Young Peacebuilders Branch Coordinators

Take responsibility for developing a YP partnership and Young Peacebuilders Club (YPC) in your community or region. You will help establish the presence of a YP Branch and create a well developed action plan. Other responsibilities include resource development and communication. 

Young Peacebuilders Club (YPC) Support Associates

Young Peacebuilders Clubs (YPC) Support Associates will be the initial and ongoing contact for YPC coordinators. You will act as guides for clubs, answering questions and directing coordinators to appropriate resources (i.e., grant applications, training materials, etc.). Must be knowledgeable in the mission and practices of YP and confident addressing coordinator questions and concerns. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Young Peacebuilders Club Mentors

Young Peacebuilders Club (YPC) Mentors help support students in a YPC as they grow their leadership skills and embrace their roles as young change-agents, reconcilers, and peacebuilders. They provide supervision and logistical support of regular club activities and provide coaching and links to potential partners, information, and other resources. YPC Mentors should be 13 years or older. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Young Peacebuilders Bangladesh Club Mentors

Young Peacebuilders is looking to start YPC's in Bangladesh and is looking for Club Mentors to help start the process. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Young Peacebuilders Development Associate

Gain experience finding and applying for relevant contracts and grants, managing donors, and drafting funding proposals, cover letters, work-plans, and budgets. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Young Peacebuilders WordPress (WP) Developer

Young Peacebuilders is seeking a short-term volunteer to help update, and assist us in managing, our WordPress website. We would also appreciate guidance on site maintenance and tips and suggestions for future changes. WordPress experience is a must and familiarity with the Philanthropy theme by ThemeFuse would be desired. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. 

Young Peacebuilders Communications Team

Gain experience and strengthen your social media and communications skills by joining the Communications Team. We are looking for individuals with an interest in online communications, marketing, writing, and experience with using WordPress. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Young Peacebuilders Video Developer

Gain experience and strengthen your video editing and production skills by assisting us with several video projects and helping expand our social media reach and influence by advancing our YouTube channel. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Guest Bloggers

We are looking for young people, 13 years or older, and those supporting child and youth peacebuilding to share their research and stories on our blog. All submissions must be focused on young people's participation in peacebuilding. We'll consider for publication: (1) Research supported posts on child or youth peacebuilding and (2) Personal stories and experiences of your, or your organization's, involvement in child/youth peacebuilding.

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