Built upon the belief that youth bring significant and unique insight to peacebuilding, the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) provides a mechanism through which USIP experts can benefit from youth perspectives and expertise. The YAC enables USIP staff to engage youth as partners, experts, and practitioners while elevating youth voices and experience to the international level. The YAC contributes to USIP’s vision for an inclusive approach to peacebuilding. The Youth Advisory Council meets regularly to bring together youth thought leaders and peacebuilding experts committed to the Institute’s mission and activities.
Youth perspectives are often overlooked during the development and implementation stages of peacebuilding programs. Through USIP’s Youth Advisory Council, youth leaders will provide regional and thematic expertise in the field of peacebuilding to inform and shape USIP programming and research.
Advisory Council members are a subset of USIP youth leaders. Each year, up to 15 Youth Advisory Council members are selected through a competitive application process. Youth leaders will be selected to serve one-year terms as Advisory Council members with the option to re-apply for the subsequent term.
Request for Proposals
The Youth, Peace and Security Program at USIP is currently seeking to contract an individual or organization with expertise in dialogue and youth-centered approaches to consolidate the latest research and evidence-based practices for meaningful youth engagement in various forms of dialogues, and put together a framework with practical guidance and specific action steps for centering youth in dialogue processes.
The selected contractor will develop a Youth-Centered Dialogue Framework, which will serve as an operational guide, proposing a practical, step-by-step approach to integrating youth into dialogue-based initiatives. The Framework will highlight the crucial role of youth in dialogue processes and examine strategies to cultivate balanced intergenerational power dynamics throughout every phase of a dialogue process.
Please review the Request for Proposals for more information about requirements (including completion of the Financial Management Assessment Form), scope of work and timeline. Proposals are due by August 25, 2023 at 5:00pm EDT.
Recent Youth Advisory Council Activities
- Four Lessons I Learned from the Dalai Lama (Olive Branch blog by YAC member Lorena Gomez)
- Five Years Later: UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security (USIP event on December 8, 2020, featuring YAC members)
- Afghanistan: Can This Be a Real Peace Process? (Olive Branch blog by YAC member Sharif Safi)