In order to help the council members in developing leadership skills to tackle key challenges in their communities, the U.S. Mission created the USYC as a professional development and mentorship program. Every year council members attend major strategic events and take part in networking opportunities. U.S. Embassy Kathmandu and We Inspire Nepal (WIN), a youth-led non-profit organization, have a partnership agreement to run the USYC Program.
Every year, the Council accepts around fifty-five persons between the ages of 20 and 30. If you are interested in joining this future cohort, we highly urge you to apply as soon as possible!
WHAT IS THE USYC – NEPAL?
A professional engagement program run by the US Embassy’s public affairs section, USYC is meant to help its members become more involved in civil society through a range of training programs, initiatives, and events. An NGO, We Inspire Nepal (WIN), will assist with the running of USYC. It has always been possible for USYC members to participate in community involvement projects, panel discussions and personal/professional development activities. Ultimately, the initiative aims to enable Council members to take use of the USYC platform and become more involved and educated members of our community as a whole.. Young, dynamic individuals between the ages of 20-30 years comprise the Council. As a member of the council, one will have access to a growing network of young change-makers in Nepal who are dedicated to improving their communities.
USYC is the professional engagement program of the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section designed to empower and engage the young potential of diverse sectors and communities of Nepal.
It is made up of 50-55 young people from Nepal’s different regions, castes, faiths, ethnic and religious communities, jobs, and political allegiances The selected members join the council for a year and then are replaced by new members.
It is hoped that the Youth Councils would provide a safe environment for young people to express themselves, participate in open, constructive conversation, and explore opportunities to create positive changes in their communities.
When did USYC Nepal commence?
H.E. Scott H. DeLisi, the former U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, initiated USYC in 2011. Ambassador’s Youth Advisory Council was its former name.
Who are the members of this council? What happens during this Council tenure?
The Council is made up of young, active individuals between the ages of 20 and 30. It is possible to become part of a growing network of young change-makers in Nepal, all of whom are committed to making their communities better.
Small grants may be available from your local government to assist with community involvement projects.
Invited to participate in a wide range of activities ranging from guest speakers to panel discussions to video conferences to training and other activities that will enhance your personal and professional development.
Also, you get the opportunity to connect directly with the US Embassy.
What are the eligibility criteria for membership?
Applicants must be Nepalese citizens aged 20 to 30 years old.
Who should apply?
- Young Professionals
- Experts on different issues
- Young politicians
- Young change-makers and leaders
- Individuals of Tibetan communities in Nepal
- Individuals of LGBTIQ communities
- Individuals of marginalized communities
How can one apply?
One can fulfill the set procedures of the application process when the applications are out.
How will the selection process take place?
The selection process will take place in two phases.
First, the shortlisting phase will take place based on the written application submitted by the applicants. The deadline for the first phase is September 16th, 2021.
Second, the advanced selection phase, where the shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit other required information or required creations. Specific information will be notified once shortlisted.
How long is the Youth Council membership term?
Youth Council members serve for one year.
What happens at the end of one year?
USYC alumni will officially terminate their participation to the Youth Council after one year. However, interested individuals who choose to remain active in the council can do so in a variety of ways.
Does the Youth Council select members from outside the Kathmandu Valley?
Yes, council members are selected from all across Nepal.
Can I apply if I belong to any political parties?
Yes, we encourage members of all political parties to apply for the Youth Council.
How much time do I have to commit to Youth Council activities?
We understand that most members are studying and/or working full time. Based on your schedule and interests, you can participate several hours per week or just a few hours per month.
Some of the programs are optional while some are mandatory to attend.
However, we encourage those applicants who can commit to the majority of the activities happening throughout the year.
What are the benefits of being a Youth Council member?
A council member has access to a growing network of young Nepali change-makers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds who are devoted to improving their communities The embassy will sponsor civic engagement projects in your town.
There is also a chance for direct communication between you and a representative of the United States embassy in your country.
On a wide range of topics, you’re welcome to U.S. Embassy programs and events. It’s also possible to volunteer at the US embassy’s activities.
Do I need to speak English to apply for the Youth Council?
No. We encourage potential members to apply regardless of English ability.
What kind of activities takes place throughout the year?
- Guest speakers session
- Civic Engagement Projects
- Social events
- Skill-building programs
- Fun events
- Networking events
- Social exposure
What is a Civic Engagement Project?
In the United States Youth Council, Civic Engagement Projects (CEPs) are innovative ideas, initiatives, or projects that are implemented in different areas to have a major influence.
Out of the many project ideas presented by USYC members, between five and eight are chosen each year. For the execution of the Civic Engagement Projects, a modest amount of seed money is provided.
Do I get any financial benefit as a Youth Council Member?
No. Council members do not get any financial benefits or stipends during the tenure.
Can I go for an abroad study during my tenure as a Council Member?
Yes. However, the youth council expects to carry a year-long journey with the selected members.
When is the application deadline?
The deadline for application is 16th September 2021.
Who is responsible for the implementation of USYC Nepal?
The US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section funds the council. It is currently administered by We Inspire Nepal (WIN).
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