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GYAN Newsletter Editor

May 22, 2009


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Global Youth Action Network

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The Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) is one of the most expansive youth networks in the world, with more than 1,000 member organizations in over 150 countries. Our strategic partner TakingITGlobal (TIG) hosts the world’s largest online community for socially engaged youth – TIGweb.org. GYAN’s mission is to facilitate youth participation and intergenerational partnership in global decision-making; to support collaboration among diverse youth organizations; and to provide tools, resources, and recognition for positive youth action.

We are currently looking for a new generation of young, passionate, and committed volunteers to join the GYAN team and help us take this network to the next level. In a recent speech, Van Jones (President Obama’s new Special Advisor on Green Jobs) told a room full of over 10,000 students, "Your generation was born to change the whole system." We agree with him. As our generation faces an unprecedented convergence of challenges - fixing the economic crisis, stopping climate change, eradicating poverty, creating sustainable development, and many more – we recognize that we must come together to find the solutions that are being called for. GYAN believes that if we unite together as a generation we can create the change we want to see in this world.

To achieve this ambitious goal, we are currently seeking volunteers to fill the following roles and responsibilities: Member Engagement Coordinator, Network Outreach Coordinator, UN Liaison, Newsletter Editor, Blog Manager, New Media Coordinator.

Why volunteer with GYAN?
  • This is a great opportunity for you to connect with inspiring youth and youth organizations from around all corners of the world.
  • As part of a fun and dynamic team of young leaders who share a passion for creating change, you will grow your personal network of friends.
  • GYAN and TIG have a strong international reputation within the non-profit sector and UN system, and our reputation is growing. Experience at GYAN/TIG will be respected by future employers, and through the collaborative nature of our work, you have the chance to grow a solid professional network that might help you in your career.
Newsletter Editor
GYAN seeks a motivated young person to join our volunteer team in the position of Newsletter Editor. If you are passionate about youth engagement and interested in gaining experience in project management, editing and working in a multicultural online environment, this could be the experience you were always waiting for!

As Newsletter Editor you will be responsible for issuing a monthly electronic newsletter, reaching thousands of young people and youth organizations around the world. The newsletter discusses emerging trends and developments in the global youth movement, provides information, opportunities and resources that help youth organizations strengthen their work, and highlights channels of youth engagement and advocacy.

Your tasks would include:
  • Keeping up-to-date on international development and emerging trends in the global youth movementCompiling, editing and proof-reading information for the newsletterWorking with volunteer translators to coordinate the translation of newsletter contentPreparing and distributing the newsletter through online newsletter softwareManaging communication and subscription requests
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for an individual with genuine passion and interest in our mission, who is willing to commit at least 5-10 hours per week to the organization for a prolonged period of time (1 year or longer). If you are looking for a short-term position to add to your resume, this is not the right position for you. For the right person, this position offers an incredible opportunity to contribute to the growth of an emerging network, and collaborate with young people from all over the world.

Ideally, you would already bring the following skills with you:
  • Excellent written communication skills with proficient English grammar, spelling and punctuation (we will love you for speaking additional languages, especially Spanish and French!) Proficiency in Microsoft Office and familiarity with online technology and basic HTML (e-groups, wikipedia, blogs, etc) Ability to work collaboratively, including within virtual teamsStrong curiosity for and knowledge of international development issues, with particular interests in youth engagement
How to apply?
As a global network, we are inviting volunteers from anywhere in the world to apply. However, priority will initially be given to applicants from the New York-Washington, DC-Toronto region. Most of the communication among team members will take place online, but meetings of the volunteer team will initially happen primarily in New York City. If you are interested in this position, please send an e-mail to our team at gyan@takingitglobal.org describing your skill sets (submit a resume or CV if possible) and why you are interested in this position.


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Global Youth Action Network

GYAN works to: :: facilitate youth participation and intergenerational partnership in global decision-making; :: support collaboration among diverse youth organizations; and to :: provide tools, resources, and recognition for positive youth action.