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Three helpful tips to ace your WYF application

World Youth Forum has been one of the best fully-funded platforms for youth leaders around the world to collaborate with each other, exchange their views and recommend initiatives. Furthermore, it prepares young change-makers to be globally competitive and engage with world leaders to solve the pressing issues of our generation. 

I first heard about World Youth Forum (WYF) back in 2018 when a friend, who’s engaged in youth leadership referred it to me. At that time, I was working as an academic researcher at a prominent university. I do believe that this is a good platform to advance my career potential and mobilize my advocacy as a youth leader. That’s why I did not hesitate to apply as a panelist. With my well-prepared answers and complete documents, I received my acceptance letter, one month after my application. 

So I am sharing with you three helpful tips to ace your WYF application; 

Prepare the necessary information and documents to complete your profile. 

Before proceeding to the main application, you have to create an account on the WYF website. The registration will start with your basic information, here you need to upload your passport front page and profile photo. Next, you need to fill-up your education, job, interest, and emergency contact. Make sure your interests are aligned with your job and educational background. 

There are 21 choices of interest, and you can choose anything that applies to your passion as a youth leader. Since my profession and academic background are into Environment; I choose relevant interests that would best describe me; Agriculture and Green Industry, Education/Training, Gender, Rural Development, Social Development, and Youth Empowerment/ Youth Activities. 

State your purpose clearly and straight to the point. 

After completing your profile and validating your email, you can now proceed with your application. Take note that you have to check your email once in a while for the announcement of the next WYF event because it is recommended to apply early as possible. In WYF, you can choose one role in terms of the following; Attendee, Panelist/ Speaker, Delegate of the Model Union for the Mediterranean (MUfM), Theater performer, and Artist. 

After choosing your role, you will be asked why you want to join the WYF. In answering this question, I made my answer short (around 300 words) but very specific. I started by introducing myself and my professional background, then how this event will help me mobilize my advocacy. It is also advisable to link your profile to your youth activities, social media accounts, blogs, startup website, and etc. which will give your evaluator additional information about you. 

Then I included this powerful statement; “I decided to join the WYF because as a young leader, I have the strong will and determination to be an agent of change to achieve sustainable development. I believed that WYF will help me achieve my dream to become a champion of SDGs…”

Make sure to submit a competitive CV and research abstract (for panelists). 

In submitting your CV, make sure it is well-organized and informative. Include your academic background and awards, work experiences and job descriptions, affiliations, your local and international conferences attended, and three references. 

In terms of your abstract paper, make sure it is relevant to your chosen topic. In my application, I choose the topic of Environmental Challenges and submitted general research on the impacts of climate change in our oceans. In order to ace my application, I made it a seven-page research proposal with around 1,500 words, which includes; methodology, review of related literature, references and the proponents of my research. I also made sure that the objectives of my research will qualify with the requirements and standards of WYF. 

At the end of your abstract paper, don’t forget to include your name, contact number, passport number, and country of residence.

That’s it! I hope these three helpful tips will guide you on your next WYF application. 

Being part of the WYF was an unforgettable experience. I met a lot of inspiring people from different nationalities with the same vision of making our world a better place to live in. I saw the importance of cultural diversity, community empowerment, respect, and unity among my fellow delegates. And I am proud to be able to represent my country in this international event. 

For me, WYF gives us a voice to let every nation know that we are the world youth leaders, with our talents and skills we are able to provide innovative solutions for the global challenges of the present and future generations. 

Overall, do not be discouraged to apply for WYF. It is your passion as a change-maker that will make you be part of this international event. And in the next World Youth Forum, always remember to do your best! 

About the author

The author attended the 2nd Edition of World Youth Forum as a panelist at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, last November 2018.

You can contact the author here: kjpenaflor@up.edu.ph

Disclaimer: The author is not part of the WYF organizing committee. Any inquiries regarding the event should be addressed through the above links provided.

How to ace your WYF application

  1. Prepare the necessary information and documents to complete your profile.

    Go to the WYF website and create an account. Fill in all the required information as best as possible as this will help you move forward

  2. State your purpose clearly and straight to the point. 

    After completing your profile and validating your email, you can now proceed with your application. Take note that you have to check your email once in a while for the announcement of the next WYF event because it is recommended to apply early as possible.

  3. Make sure to submit a competitive CV and research abstract (for panelists). 

    In submitting your CV, make sure it is well-organized and informative. Include your academic background and awards, work experiences and job descriptions, affiliations, your local and international conferences attended, and three references. 

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