Changed By Youth Ambassadors Program
The Changed by Youth Ambassador Program (CBY) is a new youth leadership opportunity from the Office on Youth (OOY). Building off the 15+ year legacy of the Durham Youth Commission, the CBY establishes a cohort of young people 16-24 who live, work, learn and play in Durham.
LEGACY OF THE DURHAM YOUTH COMMISSION
Watch Bull City Today about the OOY and CBY:
Durham Youth Commission Photo Highlights
From DYC to CBY
During our Youth Listening Project, young people told us they wanted more opportunities to be leaders and decision makers in local government. The evolution to CBY is a direct response to what we heard; it’s also a response to the growing demand among City and County departments for youth engagement in their various projects.
Ambassadors will be supported by the OOY to be part of planning and decision making processes in the City and County, and to ultimately influence programs and policies. They will receive ongoing racial equity and equitable community engagement training, which they will apply to their projects and their other engagements.
How the CBY Works
The OOY will recruit ten young people (16-24 years) to consult with City and County departments on different engagement, program, policy, and planning efforts. Ambassadors will serve one-year terms in a paid fellowship model, with a possibility to renew for one additional year.
The OOY will support ambassadors in their roles by: offering various skill building opportunities; connecting ambassadors to key departments, officials, and community partners; and working directly with departments to clearly define the youth engagement strategies they’ll be using.
- Provide consultation to City and County Departments on various projects and policies
- Engage and inform other young people about local government opportunities
- Facilitate conversations and train adults, departments, and other youth in youth engagement and other topics
- Advocate for issues that matter to young people in Durham
- Work with members of the OOY, other City and County departments, fellow ambassadors, and officials
- Serve as an advisor and decision maker in various engagement, program, policy, and planning efforts
- Help promote City and County opportunities, and engage your peers and community in the work
- Participate in regular ambassador meetings and trainings
- Commit to approximately 17 hours/month between October 2021 and June 2022
- Receive $15.50 per hour (up to $2800 per term)
- Must live or learn in Durham
- Must be 16-24 years by January 2022
- Experience in and comfortable working with a large (14+) team
- Be a team player and considerate of the group
- Committed to seeing youth in Durham thrive
- Available evenings and weekends
- Has an understanding of how inequity and power show up in communities
- Become a City of Durham "Vendor" (involves some paperwork, we can help with that!)