Nominations have opened for the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020 which will see winners awarded a cash grant to scale-up development work benefiting their communities. The Commonwealth Youth Awards recognize the exemplary work undertaken by young people across the 53 member countries. Regional winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in London on Commonwealth Day 2020. The Commonwealth awards are being delivered in partnership with the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Commonwealth Youth Networks.

 

The youth competition launch coincides with the Commonwealth Asia Region Senior Officials From Youth Ministries Meeting – an event which will allow participants to assess progress on agreed youth policy priorities and finalize a regional strategy aimed at improving the wellbeing and livelihoods of Commonwealth young people.

Launching the awards in Brunei, the Secretary-General said: “The awards celebrate all that we achieve collectively when we empower young people to realize their full potential and exercise their full citizenship, creativity, and innovation.”

 

The Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work 2019 aim to raise the profile of young people and highlight the contribution they are making towards developing a fairer, sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous future for the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Youth Awards give international, regional and national recognition and support to those young men and women who have demonstrated young peoples capacity and potential to make positive contributions to their communities, nations and the world at large. Young people are not passive beneficiaries of development and spectators to programs and of policies that affect their development, but rather are integrally involved in the process of change as they continue to work side by side with decision-makers as key actors and stakeholders contributing to national development.

Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020 Details:

Host Country:

  • United kingdom

Awards By:

  • The Commonwealth

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Benefits:

There will be four finalists per Commonwealth region with the top entry receiving the Regional Winner Award and the top regional winner receiving the Pan-Commonwealth Award and to be named the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2019.

  • The 16 Regional finalists will each receive a £1,000 grant, a trophy and a certificate.
  • The 4 Regional Winners will receive an additional £2,000 (a total of £3,000) a trophy and a certificate
  • The Pan-Commonwealth Winner will receive an additional £2000 (a total of £5,000) a trophy and a certificate.
  • The 4 Regional Winners will be invited to receive their awards at an official ceremony in London, United Kingdom during Commonwealth Week in March 2019

Objectives of the Commonwealth Youth Competition:

The main objectives of the 2020 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 the 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 the community, national, regional or international levels;

Eligibility Criteria:

The award, nominees must be:

  • aged 15 to 29 years;
  • a citizen of a Commonwealth member country;
  • been engaged in development work for more than 12 months – either in a professional or voluntary capacity;
  • have a strong track record of implementing innovative ideas and linking their development work and its impact on one of the 17 SDGs;
  • and have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of youth engagement in key areas of development.

Note: Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who is not a relative and who can testify of the impact of their work.

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 2018;
  • 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.

Selection Criteria:

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

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How to Apply for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020?

  1. Register an account.
  2. Start your entry (save it in-progress).
  3. Submit your entry to be in the running. Best of luck!

Entry Deadline:

  • Entries must be received online via the link by 23:59 GMT on 31 October 2019.

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