Think Tank on Youth Participation - Call for Members

SALTO-YOUTH Participation and Information Resource Centre (SALTO PI) is establishing an international Think Tank on youth participation with the aim of co-creating solutions for increasing young people’s active participation in society, particularly in decision-making.

The Think Tank will bring together a diverse range of thinkers from within and outside the youth sector. We are looking for visionary thinkers who have the willingness to dedicate their time for tackling the topic of how to increase the level of involvement by and contribution of young people in society.

What is the role of the Think Tank and its thinkers?

It is foreseen that the Think Tank will meet twice a year face to face and once a year virtually.

Every meeting will have a thematic focus. In the field of youth participation, the Think Tank is expected to define the challenges around youth participation, propose priorities, co-create solutions and create synergies between all stakeholders involved, taking account the cross-sectoral dimension. The result of the work of the Think Tank will provide input for SALTO PI in planning its work, as well as the youth field, European Commission and other stakeholders. 

The role of each member of the Think Tank is to commit to attending meetings; provide their expertise and vision and contribute to creating a shared understanding of the challenges and solutions; bring to the table the views of the networks they are involved in and communicate the work of the Think Tank back to their network.

Who are we looking for?

Members of the Think Tank should broadly fit into one of the following categories:

  • young people involved in formal or informal networks of other young people;
  • entrepreneurs;
  • youth researchers and academics;
  • youth workers and other professionals working with young people;
  • youth policy makers and public servants from various levels of government;

SALTO PI particularly encourages (young) people from diverse backgrounds (culturally and linguistically diverse people, refugee or migrant background, members of the LGBTIQ community, people with fewer opportunities, including people with disabilities) to apply.

How are the thinkers selected?

SALTO PI will establish a selection committee who will evaluate all applications based on merit and principles of proportional representation. Priority will be given to applicants who can clearly demonstrate one or more of the following attributes:

  1. clear motivation and vision of and/or prior experience in dealing with the topic of youth participation;
  2. the applicant has a network with a significant potential behind them. This can include formal or informal youth networks, other governmental or non-governmental organisations and institutions (universities, government bodies, umbrella organisations etc) or companies, social enterprises, start-ups, professional networks or movements;
  3. being of or working in an advocacy or service providing capacity with people of diverse/minority background (culturally and linguistically diverse people, refugee or migrant background, members of the LGBTIQ community, people with fewer opportunities, including people with disabilities);


The first meeting will be held on the 3rd and 4th of April 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia and the SALTO PI will cover the costs of and arrange travel, accommodation and catering. Participants will receive a payment of 350€ per face to face meeting to compensate for their time. It is foreseen that the second face to face meeting will take place in October 2018 in the Netherlands. Depending on the available transport options, it might be necessary for some participants to arrive at the location of the meeting on a previous day.

How to apply?

Interested applicants should apply through MySALTO portal using the following link:

Please note that you will need to create a MySALTO account in order to apply. The application deadline is 25 February 2018. We will endeavour to inform all applicants of the results of the selection during the first week of March 2018.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact Martti Martinson, Coordinator SALTO PI at .

Read more about SALTO PI priorities from here.

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