The program started in 2007 with the aim to increase participation to the Internet Governance Forum of high potential young professionals (ages 20-40) with a strong interest in Internet Governance that can provide subject matter expertise and facilitate the exchange of information and best practices with key stakeholders by participating in the meetings. In the lead up to the Forum itself, each ambassador was paired with a mentor – an experienced IGF participant, often a former recipient of this award or Internet Society staff member – who helped them prepare and familiarize themselves with the relevant IGF materials, as well as acting as a point of contact at the meeting itself.
The IGF Ambassadors represented the Internet Society by promoting the organization’s positions on public policy issues related to the discussions happening at the IGF. They also contributed by providing local and regional perspectives and opinions to enhance the quality of the various sessions and workshops.
About the IGF Youth Ambassadors Program
Starting from this year, the Internet Society will combine the IGF Ambassadors and [email protected] into a single program called IGF Youth Ambassadors.
The goal of this program is to empower young adults aged 18 through 30 from all around the world by:
- Building their capacity through training
- Fostering a new cadre of young Internet leaders who are motivated to learn, engage, and act within their region and beyond
- Partnering with organizations to broaden the depth and breadth of the program
- Reinforcing the importance of multi-disciplinary leaders in fostering the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet
- Promoting youth citizenship, diplomacy, volunteerism and community service as key aspects of next generation leadership
- Broadening their experience and enabling their participation in public policy debates
- Providing them with opportunities to participate in the global Internet ecosystem and to interact and engage with the broader Internet Governance community
- Increasing their visibility and preparing them to deliver more meaningful impacts at the local, regional and global levels
- Mobilizing youth beyond Internet Governance specific topics
After being selected
B. Webinar Series
The individuals who are selected as IGF Youth Ambassadors (up to 30) participate at Webinar Series led by global Internet Governance experts to deepen their knowledge, present their projects/ideas and be prepared for the IGF.
C. Attending the IGF
IGF Youth Ambassadors receive support to attend the Global Internet Governance Forum, taking place in Berlin, Germany, from 25 to 29 November 2019.
D. Collaborative Leadership Exchange
IGF Youth Ambassadors will attend an onsite, dynamic leadership session with Internet Society community members, youth representatives from other programs, Internet Society staff and other IGF attendees. This session takes the form of an unconference, with the agenda being crowdsourced by attendees, and breakout groups facilitated to create pockets of common interest and interaction. The goal is to build/deepen relationships and foster community around youth engagement.
All applicants must be:
- Internet Society Members
- Between 18-30 at the date of the IGF
- Able to present a strong motivation for Internet Governance
- Able to demonstrate interest and expertise in issues on the IGF agenda
- Comfortable with public speaking and communicating positions
- Able to demonstrate interest and experience in key Internet governance related issues
- Capable of appropriately representing the Internet Society and its views and policies as an Ambassador during the IGF
- Capable of continuing to work with the Internet Society locally after the IGF
- Fluent in English
- Able to spend a minimum of 8 hours each week during the eLearning Phase
- Ready to take part in the meetings and webinars
- Not been selected as [email protected] Fellow or IGF Ambassador before
The selection committee also attempts to achieve professional, geographical, and gender diversity in the overall selections.