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AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

APPLY TO BE A DIGITAL GRASSROOTS AMBASSADOR IN YOUR COMMUNITY

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The Internet Governance Forum that took place at the United Nations in Geneva from the 18th to the 21st of December 2017 had the theme: ‘Shape Your Digital Future.’ Internet Society Youth Fellows saw the need to increase youth participation in Internet Governance Issues. Even though we are digital natives, young people are secluded from the decision making table on policies and issues affecting the internet that has shaped and continue to shape our daily lives.

The Digital Grassroots Ambassador program is an initiative to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Build a positive narrative on youth participation in Internet Governance
  2. Engage youth in resolving internet relation problems at community level 
  3. Introduce youth to participation in Internet Governance through mentorship
  4. Use Internet Literacy as a tool to accomplish Sustainable Developmental Goals



The Digital Grassroots Ambassador program will include:
  1. An Internet Literacy Coursework tailored to accomplish the SDGs
  2. A community engagement activity that will be done by selected Ambassadors
  3. A 4 week mentorship program with a mentor to induct Ambassadors to Youth Participation in Internet Governance
  4. The course is 100% Online


Successful Ambassadors will receive a certificate at the end of the program, an opportunity to share success stories and write articles related to internet on our website, forum and social platforms, and an exclusive mentorship program on how to engage as a youth in Internet Governance, and an opportunity to join the core team in a given capacity.


SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Between 14 and 29 years old in 2018
  • Interested in using the internet as a tool for social good and development
  • Community Centred individual passionate about sharing information
  • Applications encouraged from persons from regions facing internet related challenges including access problems.
  • You do not need prior experience in Internet Governance to participate
  • Applicants are encouraged to join the Digital Grassroots forum for news updates (Optional).


TIMELINE

Cohort 1: February - April
Cohort 2: May - July
Cohort 3: September - November





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Q: Can I apply if I'm 13 turning 14, or 29 years old turning 30 this year? No. Our program is open to persons who are already 14 years old at the time of application, and are not turning 30 in 2018.


Q: Do I need to pay a fee to be part of this program? There is no fee associated with this program in any form or at any part of the process. We will only appreciate a commitment of time.


Q: When and where will the program take place? The program begins in mid-February and ends in April. All interaction will be done online via the internet except for community engagement.



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