U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Ms. Alice G. Wells invites Jordanian youth to apply to join a volunteer advisory council, called the Ambassador’s Youth Council. This Council is a remarkable opportunity to engage directly with the Ambassador and other Embassy officials on issues related to the U.S.-Jordanian partnership. The Council will provide a platform for Jordanian youth to discuss and debate topics of interest, generate feedback on U.S. programs and policy, and share their views about the impact of developments in the country and region on them. The Council will also advise the Embassy on ways to effectively support youth issues in Jordan.
The Ambassador’s Youth Council members will get the opportunity to:
- Advise on existing youth programs and initiatives, including exchanges and support to community projects
- Participate in special Embassy speaker programs, roundtables or panel discussions
- Take part in volunteer opportunities to help in their communities
- Create synergies among groups committed to youth issues
- Meet monthly, including once every two months with the Ambassador
- At most Council meetings, other Embassy staff members will also participate to encourage discussion on a broad variety of topics.
- Meeting agendas are driven by Council members.
- Council members discuss and make presentations on Jordanian youth issues and perspectives. Embassy representatives may also present on U.S. policy issues; explore common areas, and solicit input from Council members.
- Between bi-monthly meetings, the Council will plan their next meeting, and engage with each other on a platform developed by them, which may include Embassy participation.
Composition of the Council
The Ambassador’s Youth Council will be comprised of 12 volunteer members, six young men and six young women, from a variety of backgrounds and regions of Jordan, who will be selected through an open application process using different social media platforms. The selection criteria are the following:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 29 at the time of application;
- Hold Jordanian citizenship;
- Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and a track record in their university, place of work, and/or community;
- Have knowledge or professional experience in a an area such as: civic engagement, youth leadership, education, environment and natural resources management, entrepreneurship and economic development, or other area relevant to Jordanian youth;
- Show a clear commitment to community service, leadership, or mentorship – such as a youth leader from an NGO, youth political association, or religious community; a university student leader; a young business leader or entrepreneur… etc;
- Be committed to serving a one-year volunteer term on the Council, including attending all regular Council meetings;
- Be able to travel to Amman for Council events (some Embassy support may be available);
- Have strong communication skills (English language is not a requirement)
Applying for the Council
Are you interested in being on the Council? Submit your CV (listing educational background, work experiences including volunteer experience) and a statement of interest to the Public Affairs Section no later than April 2nd, 2015, using the email address AmmanAYC@state.gov. The statement must identify an issue important to the applicant and outline a potential solution and proposed ideas for its implementation. In addition to the above-mentioned documents, please submit an online application here:English form, Arabic form.
Employees of the U.S. Embassy and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply for the Council. At the conclusion of their one-year term, Council members will receive a certificate and group photo.