Deadline: 21st October 2020 | Age 17-29 | The Commonwealth Youth Awards celebrate the contribution of young people to achieving global development goals and leading initiatives ranging from poverty alleviation to peace building.

Each year an outstanding entrant is named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, with regional awards given for Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Americas, Africa and Europe.

The awards demonstrate to leaders and other policy-makers the importance of young people’s role in development. The awards also serve to inspire other young people to take action in their communities.

Development work can be within any number of areas, such as skills training, arts and culture, environment protection, education, health and well-being, human rights, technology, sport, science and many more areas.

The main objectives of the Commonwealth Youth Awards are to:-

  • Highlight the contribution young people are making to promote the common goal of a future built on fairness, peace, prosperity and sustainability and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
  • Acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by young people to overall development and democracy goals in the Commonwealth;
  • Create an environment which will encourage and sustain investments in youth led development;
  • Illustrate the depth and breadth of talent, commitment and creativity that exists among young people across the Commonwealth by highlighting nominees’ success stories;
  • Motivate, encourage and challenge young people (aged 15-29) to set high standards for their work/service at community, national, regional or international levels;
  • Special recognition will also be given this year to development efforts in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic.


Nomination Requirements

  • The nominee must have been engaged in development work for more than 12 months, either in a professional or voluntary capacity;
  • The nominee must be a Commonwealth citizen and the development work must be taking place in a Commonwealth member country;
  • The nominee should not be older than 29 on 31 December 2020;
  • Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who can accurately describe their development work.
  • The winners must agree to take part in publicity generated by the Commonwealth.


Awards will be decided on the basis of:

  1. Level of Impact;
  2. Level of innovation/fresh approaches to problem solving;
  3. Quality of achievement;
  4. Quality of the evidence provided.
  5. Sustainability

Find out more and apply at the official link below:

OFFICIAL LINK

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Apply before 21st October, 2020