UNICEF Young People’s Advisory Board
Listen to the voices of children and young people.
About Young People’s Advisory Board (YPAB)
The Young People’s Advisory Board (YPAB) acts as a critical sounding board to UNICEF Thailand, informing the planning, implementation and monitoring of UNICEF’s priority initiatives. It ensures that the voices of young people are heard by UNICEF and its partners, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised.
The YPAB will advise UNICEF on its country programme, advocacy initiatives, partnerships, and engagement with young people on one of the following topics: health and wellbeing, education and school to work/higher education transition, employability, violence against children, youth participation, and environment/climate change.
The YPAB aims to create opportunities for young people to build confidence and skills, express their views, connect, and exchange with one another. The YPAB will allow young people to have an influence on UNICEF Thailand’s work and will thereby contribute to making UNICEF more participatory, relevant, and effective for young people in Thailand.
How will the Young People’s Advisory Board Work?
The YPAB will be comprised of 40 young people from across Thailand, aged between 10-23 years old, with practical experience on their topic of interest. In particular, 12 individuals will be from the first year of UNICEF Young People Committee, while 28 individuals will be newly appointed.
YPAB members will commit to being actively involved for one year (October 2021 – September 2022) and will engage in activities in the following areas:
- UNICEF’s Country Programme: inform and influence UNICEF’s work in Thailand, specifically the programme design, monitoring and evaluation for the next country programme starting in 2022.
- Advocacy: YPAB members, together with UNICEF, identify opportunities to share and amplify the voice of young people and engage in UNICEF’s advocacy initiatives at the local, national, regional and global levels. YPAB also support the development of advocacy content and campaign materials aimed at young people and contribute to disseminating key messages through digital platforms.
- Partnerships: YPAB members help to identify dynamic like-minded youth groups, organisations and networks that could join UNICEF’s cause and support the delivery of UNICEF’s programmes for children.
- Direct engagement with young people: YPAB members engage with other young people to identify emerging issues in young people’s lives, for example through focus group discussions, interviews, polls, etc.
Members will be divided into six focus areas based on their issue of interest:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Education and school to work/high education transition
- Violence against children
- Youth participation
- Environment/Climate Change
The YPAB and UNICEF Thailand will engage in regular communication via:
- Quarterly meetings;
- Ad-hoc meetings, by agreement between YPAB and UNICEF Thailand;
- Virtual communication through e-mails, LINE or other social media groups.