Call for Membership Applications: African Queer Youth Initiative

Deadline: 16th October, 2017.

African Queer Youth Initiative (AQYI) was formed by a dedicated group of LGBTI youth in the region during the 2015 Changing Faces, Changing Spaces conference in Kenya. AQYI is committed to advocating for the sexual health, rights and general wellbeing of LGBTI youth in the African continent. They do this through networking, advocating, knowledge generation and information sharing, capacity development, building partnerships and training youth in the community. They strive to ensure the meaningful participation of LGBTI youth in decision making processes and spaces that affect their lives.

AQYI is currently looking for young people in the African continent who are passionate about the sexual health, rights and wellbeing of LGBTI youth in the region. Most of the work of the AQYI is conducted online through; skype calls, google docs, doodle polls and emails. They rely on an active volunteer membership to achieve their goals and objectives.

To be a member, you must be between the ages of 18 and 35, be a member of the LGBTI community and commit to achieving the goals and objectives of the AQYI. They accept members from different backgrounds, with various skills and expertise. Their current working language is English, which means members must possess sufficient understanding, speaking, reading and writing English skills. Members are required to commit a minimum of 8 hours a week to AQYI activities, which includes contributing meaningfully to conversations, responding to emails and taking part in planned activities.

Trans, gender queer and intersex individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. They also strongly encourage applications from individuals in underrepresented countries in Africa.

Desirable skills and experience includes:
• Human rights background;
• Movement building;
• Strong leadership skills;
• Experience in fundraising;
• Writing and research experience;
• Communications skills (new media, social media, graphic design, etc.);
• Experience with advocacy;
• Experience and/or involvement with local, regional or international volunteer organizations;
• Facilitation and public speaking skills;
• Experience with policy analysis;

If you meet the criteria above, please complete and submit your application on or before the the deadline. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Click HERE to complete the application form.

For any questions or to learn more about the African Queer Youth Initiative, please contact them with:

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