National Youth Council members at the annual retreat held this year in Toronto.

National Youth Council Member

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Youth
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National Youth Council members are elected for a two-year term. National Youth Council members participate in one two-hour meeting quarterly, with the potential for more.

 

Location

Virtual with an annual in-person meeting.

Position Description

Membership

Members of the National Youth Council shall include Canadian youth, at least half who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind, between the ages of 15 and 30 years old.

Position Description

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 (which includes Deafblind Community Services, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada, and CNIB Foundation) the 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 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.

Specific Responsibilities and Tasks

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

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 Boards 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

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!

Benefits of being a National Youth Council Member

    • 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.
    Application and contact information

    Please apply to the National Youth Council email sharing why you would like to be a member of the National Youth Council. Attach your resume and two letters of reference.

    Email: nationalyouthcouncil@cnib.ca.