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A yellow banner featuring an illustration of two cartoon faces outlined in a thick, black paintbrush design. Text: CNIB National Youth Council. Conseil national des jeunes d'INCA

Applications for the 2022-2023 term of the CNIB National Youth Council are officially open!

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Are you a Canadian youth, passionate about changing what it means to be blind? Do you want to influence change and increase awareness of issues of importance to youth with sight loss? Then this opportunity is for you!  

Under the direction of the CNIB, the CNIB National Youth Council provides a voice for youth who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind. National Youth Council members provide bold advice to CNIB to ensure that current and new initiatives, programs, and policies are reflective of, and responsive to, the needs of children and youth with sight loss.  

The CNIB National Youth Council provides opportunities for members to grow as future leaders within the sight loss community through training, fellowship and practical work leading to meaningful influence within CNIB efforts.

About the CNIB National Youth Council 
Youth with sight loss have a voice with the CNIB National Youth Council. It gives council members the chance to influence change and increase awareness of issues facing young Canadians living with sight loss. The Council ensures CNIB initiatives, programs and policies reflect and respond to the needs of young people with sight loss. 

Learn more about us and read about some of the projects we've been working on.

CNIB National Youth Council Member – Volunteer Profile 

Specific Responsibilities and Tasks 

  • Council members are expected to attend quarterly meetings, be familiar with materials provided, support the CNIB mission and contribute their expertise and experience to the work of Council.   
  • Council members shall serve on at least one project team. 
  • Council members shall undertake to complete assignments and requested activities in a timely manner.  
  • Council members shall always conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner. 

Other Responsibilities 

  • To work collaboratively, act as ambassadors and advocate for solutions to relevant issues. 
  • To increase awareness on issues specific to children and youth who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind. 
  • To provide oversight and recommendations to the CNIB National Board of Directors on issues as tasked.  
  • To provide advice on improving CNIB services delivered to children and youth experiencing sight loss. 
  • To give youth a voice and provide a youth perspective that will address the gap to adult programs and services. 
  • To increase youth involvement in a positive and supporting environment that allows for networking and freedom to share experiences. 
  • To engage in activities that will support the work of CNIB and youth initiatives. 

Benefit of position

  • Shaping the work of CNIB to ensure programs and services are delivered with children and youth with sight loss, in mind.  
  • Being part of a dedicated and passionate team of like-minded individuals working to further CNIB’s mission. 
  • Making a difference for people who are blind or partially sighted in your community and across Canada by making sure their concerns and issues are heard. 
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth.  
  • Qualities, Skills and Training

You would enjoy this position if you:  

  • Enjoy advocating for equal and equitable opportunities for children and youth who have sight loss.  
  • Want a world where children and youth with sight loss thrive in their autonomy and empowerment.  
  • Excel working in a diverse team environment.  
  • Are collaborative and communicative.
  • Are organized and reliable. 

CNIB National Youth Council Application Information

To apply to become a member of the CNIB National Youth Council, send an email to nationalyouthcouncil@cnib.ca including:

  • A letter of intent detailing the why you would like to be considered for CNIB National Youth Council.
  • Attach your resume.
  • Attach 2 letters of reference. Letters can be from a teacher, mentor, family friend, or someone within your community. 

The deadline to apply is February 6, 2022.

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at nationalyouthcouncil@cnib.ca

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