Deadline: April 26, 2021

Are you 18 to 30 years old? Are you passionate about youth empowerment and participation? Do you have ideas how the European Union (EU) can integrate better the needs and issues faced by young people in their international partnerships? If yes, apply for the Youth Sounding Board for International Partnerships 2021!

Youth empowerment is a top priority for EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, and the EU believes that young people must be involved in shaping and implementing its external action. The Youth Sounding Board aims to create a real, fundamental, long-lasting change in how the EU engages with young people in its development cooperation.

The Youth Sounding Board is a space for young people to have an influence on EU external action and international partnerships. The selected board members will thereby contribute to make EU action more participatory, relevant and effective for young people in EU partner countries. The Youth Sounding Board members will commit for two years, for about 15 days a year.


  • This is an unpaid mandate. However, travel and other related expenses will be covered.


  • Open to young people from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Europe.
  • Be between 18 to 30 years.
  • Be passionate about youth empowerment and participation.
  • Have a good level of English.


The participants will be connected online. At least four meetings will take place every year – virtually and, when the situation allows, in person in Brussels.

The deadline for application is Monday, 26 April 2021, 23:59 CET. Applications after this date will not be considered.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit European Commission.

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