Open call for Working Groups Members – join the thematic part of AEGEE

Dear AEGEEans,

Starting on the 1st of August, Civic Education, Youth Development, Equal Rights and European Citizenship will be the new Focus Areas of AEGEE.  Did you already hear about them at the European Planning Meeting and/or Agora and would you like to work on them? Would you like to make these words a reality and implement their aims and objectives within AEGEE? And would you like to do so in a motivated team of AEGEEans who strive to make a change and a better society? Consider joining one of the Working Groups!

A Working Group consists of a maximum of eight members (one coordinator, one policy officer and six regular members) and has a one-year mandate starting from the 1st of August.

The tasks of a Working Group are twofold: internally, it ensures the fulfilment of the Action Agenda and supports the AEGEE Network in doing so; while externally, it supports the representation of AEGEE’s opinion on the topic towards externals by attending relevant events and doing research. For the last task, each Working Group assigns a Policy Officer who coordinates externally oriented activities of the Working Group, and gathers the opinion of the Network on the Focus Area, supported by the Working Group.

Check the Strategic Plan 2017/2020  to learn more about the Focus Areas.

Read the description of the open positions below and apply!

  • for Civic Education WG: apply here. In case of any questions, you can reach the Working Group Coordinator, Joanna Pankowska, at cewg@aegee.org
  • for Equal Rights WG: apply here. In case of any questions, you can reach the Working Group Coordinator, Viola Bianchetti at erwg@aegee.org.
  • for Youth Development WG: apply here. In case of any questions, you can reach the Working Group Coordinator, Svenja van der Tol at ydwg@aegee.org.
  • for European Citizenship WG: apply here.  In case of any questions, you can reach the Working Group Coordinator, Álvaro González Pérez at ecwg@aegee.org.

Deadline: 13th of June at 23:59 CET.

Description Civic Education

The focus Area Civic Education aims at promoting civic education by increasing the civic competences of young people and by putting civic education on the political agenda.

There is more to the education of young people than preparing them for the labour market. Civic education is about learning the competences, i.e. the skills, knowledge and attitudes, required to be an active, democratic, responsible and critical citizen. AEGEE believes there is a need for more and better civic education, provided through formal education (i.e. in schools and universities) and through non-formal education (e.g. by youth organizations). In order to promote civic education, we adopt a twofold approach: on the one hand, we organize activities that directly contribute to the development of civic competences of young people. On the other hand, we work towards including civic education on the political agenda on all levels, thereby raising awareness on the importance of civic education and pushing decision-makers to take measures accordingly.

What is expected from future members:

  • availability to travel to AEGEE events
  • true passion for the topic
  • pro-active approach to work
  • goal-oriented attitude
  • basic understanding of AEGEE environment

In case of any questions, you can reach the Working Group Coordinator, Joanna Pankowska, at cewg@aegee.org

Description Equal Rights

The Focus Area of Equal Rights deals with gender identity, expression and sexual orientation, and to all other factors (e.g. race, religion, nationality) which influence and overlap with those conditions, creating particular forms of discrimination.

The Action Agenda objectives for the year 2017/2018 aim at educating young people on these topics, sending AEGEEans to external events, and organising our own events in partnership with other organisations.

If you want to contribute to achieving these goals and you feel passionate about the topic, don’t hesitate to apply!

Tasks:

  • Draft and implement an Activity Plan detailing the plans of the Working Group.
  • Support locals and European bodies with the implementation of the Focus Area.
  • Design and deliver workshops.
  • Research partners.
  • Research external opportunities (e.g. trainings, conferences) and inform the network about them.
  • Assist locals in organising topic-related events (from a workshop in an LTC to a fully-fledged conference).
  • Create PR materials.
  • (In case of the Policy Officer) research and define AEGEE’s position on Equal Rights

… and much more!

Requirements:

  • interest in the topic
  • time commitment of 5-10 hours per week (depending on the period)
  • previous task-related experience is an asset

In case of any questions, you can reach the Working Group Coordinator, Viola Bianchetti at erwg@aegee.org.

Description Youth Development

The Focus Area of Youth Development has the aim to provide young people with opportunities to gain transversal skills and competences that contribute to their personal and professional development.

More concretely, in the year 2017-2018, the Working Group will work with the Action Agenda objectives of supporting the organisation of different training courses, and organising activities contributing to the personal awareness of AEGEEans on competences and learning opportunities they gain through volunteering in AEGEE. Besides the objectives, the Working Group members are also free to work on other projects that can enhance the youth development in- and outside of AEGEE.

As a Working Group member, you will:

  • Cooperate with a team of fellow enthusiastic members
  • Draft and implement an Activity Plan detailing the plans of the Working Group
  • Support locals and European bodies with the implementation of the Focus Area
  • Raise awareness of the Focus Area within the Network
  • Dare to think outside of the box of ways to enhance youth development in- and outside of AEGEE
  • Collaborate with other European bodies in the same field, such as the Academy and Human Resources Committee
  • (In case of the Policy Officer) research and define AEGEE’s position on youth development
  • Spend 5 – 10 hours a week on average on your tasks.

If you are interested in the field and tasks, you can apply here until the 13th of June at 23:59 CET.

In case of any questions, you can reach the Working Group Coordinator, Svenja van der Tol, at ydwg@aegee.org.

Description European Citizenship

The European Citizenship Focus Area has the aim to educate young people on the diversity of European cultures and to enable them to take an active role in shaping the European project. In this sense, this Working Group will have two well defined bases: on one hand the cultural one, and on the other one the advocacy one.

The objectives regarding the 2017-2018 term deal with the organisation of conferences, workshops, debates, study trips and in general activities focused on fostering the exploration of transeuropean cultures and European politics (both EU and non-EU), as well as involving young people in interactive social media related cultural practices. Furthermore, the organisation of European Events regarding national and regional realities will be hardly encouraged, and the Working Group itself will also play a relevant role in organising such type of events.

Now tell me, do you want to…

…collaborate with other European Bodies and youth organisations?

…improve your knowledge on the different European cultures and politics?

…deliver workshops on topics related to the Focus Area and create materials for them?

…encourage locals to organise events related to the FA, and even help them to do so by assisting them with the thematic part and by researching external opportunities?

…write an Activity Plan in relation to the plans of the Working Group?

And most importantly: do you want to see more conferences and debates organised by AEGEE all around Europe?

If the answer is a huge YES (or even if it’s a smaller one) apply here until the 13th of June at 23:59 CET.

In case of any questions, you can reach the Working Group Coordinator, Álvaro González Pérez, at ecwg@aegee.org 

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