Currently accepting applications nationwide!!!
If you’re passionate about all things technology and want your voice heard, join the national Focus Youth Advisory Board and have your say on important issues like employment, education, and policy.
What is the FOCUS YAB?
The Focus Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is an advocacy group created to give voice to youth (ages 18-24) on concerns central to their education, careers, and future employment. Developed by the Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada (ICTC), the FOCUS YAB empowers youth by providing leadership opportunities and ensuring their input, creativity, and concerns are heard throughout government, education, and industry.
By creating a platform for youth advocacy, the FOCUS YAB can improve upon national youth initiatives, impact policy and programs, increase ICT learning in schools, and mobilize change for a more innovative and globally competitive Canada.
The FOCUS YAB is comprised of 12 youth and includes a president, a vice-president, treasurer and 9 board members, and is overseen by ICTC staff. The FOCUS YAB members are selected based upon their eligibility and short essay; members must also agree to the terms and hours of commitment required.
Benefits of joining FOCUS YAB:
-A voice on youth employment and ICT education
-An opportunity to research, provide solutions, and affect positive change for Canadian youth
-Leadership opportunities and access to conferences, forums and publications that will allow you to engage with Canadian industry and government leaders
-Share your views online through various Focus on IT and ICTC publications, including social media outlets
-In-depth learning about the business of technology and related government policy
-Your contribution may count towards required hours of community involvement for your provincial diploma or post-secondary program (check your institution)
-A Letter of Reference from the Information and Communications Technology Council
-Recognition as a member of ICTC’s YAB on our website
Members will learn about:
-Canadian labour market intelligence
-The business of technology
Members will gain skills in:
Responsibilities of FOCUS YAB include:
-4 hours of volunteer time per month during active months for one year term (September – June 30th)
-4 virtual video meetings per year
-Monthly check-ins with ICTC staff conducted over VoIP, Skype, or by phone
-Provide direction on youth issues
-Writing and content development: may be asked to write pieces for online publication regarding FOCUS YAB activities
-Participating in FOCUS YAB conference, forums, or meetings
-Volunteer at local events organized by ICTC or partner associations
-Provide feedback on youth campaigns and programs
Eligibility – In order to be eligible you must be:
-Currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution (college or university)
-Be between the ages of 18-24
-Agree to commit to one year term (with opportunity for renewal)
-Access to Internet and Web 2.0 technologies for teleconferencing (computer cam and microphone)
-Great communication skills or be ready to develop those
-Have a positive attitude
Each FOCUS YAB applicant must complete the following by October 31st, 2013:
-An application form giving consent to the terms and hours of commitment (download below)
-A mini-biography that is 200 words or less;
-A short 500 essay explaining why you want to become a FOCUS YAB member;
-Email directions for completed packages may be found on Focus YAB homepage: www.focusit.ca/yab
Application Form: http://www.focusit.ca/wp-content/uploads/Application-Form.docx
For more information please visit us online at: www.focusit.ca/yab