Saturday, July 21, 2012

Announcing the Ambassador Youth Council

Ambassador William Todd, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, is pleased to announce the creation of the “Ambassador’s Youth Council.”  Through this council, the Ambassador will directly engage Cambodian youth and future leaders.  The Ambassador hopes to cultivate young leaders from around the country, engage Cambodian youth on topics of interest to youth, and receive input on U.S. Embassy programs and U.S. policies in Cambodia.
The U.S. Embassy is recruiting up to 15 members to serve a one-year volunteer term on the Council.  

Under the overall guidance of the Ambassador’s Youth Council Coordinator and under the direct supervision of the Alumni Coordinator, the selected youth council will participate in the following activities:
  1. Meet once every two months with the Ambassador
    • Each meeting will also include another American staff member at the Embassy so that youth can engage on a variety of topics
    • Meeting agendas are driven by youth
    • Council members make presentations on Cambodian youth issues and Embassy representatives present on U.S. policy issues; discuss where the two meet, with Council members providing input and suggestions for change
    • During the interval between the meetings, youth will plan their next presentations and engage with each other on a dedicated Facebook page
  2. Advise on existing youth outreach programs
  3. Organize a youth town hall with the Ambassador
  4. Assist in organizing other Embassy events as appropriate (e.g., Earth Day, Women’s History Month)
  5. Participate in special Embassy speaker programs
  6. Participate in existing FUSAAC volunteer opportunities to help in their communities and actively engage with more youth, and learn about U.S. government exchange programs
Selection Criteria for Youth Council Members
  • Be a Cambodian between the ages of 16 and 30
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to leadership – such as being a youth leader from an NGO, youth political association, or religious community; a Fulbright and Undergraduate State Alumni Association of Cambodia (FUSAAC) member or alumni of FUSAAC outreach programs; a university student leader; or a young business leader or entrepreneur
  • Be committed to serving a one-year volunteer term on the Council
  • Have strong English-language skills (TOEFL score or IELTS score preferred, but not required)
How to apply
Interested youth are asked to submit a CV (listing educational background, work experiences including volunteer experience, and level of English proficiency) and a Statement of interest to Public Affairs Section no later than August 3, 2012. The statement of interest must identify an issue important to the applicant and outline a potential solution and how to implement it. 
Please submit hard copies to:Akhara Uy (Mr.)  
Alumni Coordinator
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh
#1, Street 96, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: (855) 23 728 683
Or email to:
Application Deadline: August 3, 2012 (5pm)

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