The Commonwealth is offering exceptional young people who are making a difference in their communities a chance to win a Commonwealth Youth Awards in 2022.
The awards have been running since 1985 and are delivered in partnership with the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Commonwealth Youth Networks. Layne Robinson, Head of Social Policy at the Commonwealth, says they are a golden opportunity to celebrate the role of young leaders as nation builders and partners in development, amplifying the impact of their work.
The work of the Commonwealth is anchored in the belief that empowered young people are assets to their societies. It is vital to ensure young people realise their individual potential, and to recognise and nurture their ability to contribute to their countries’ development, and the success of the Commonwealth.
The young people who will receive this award should demonstrate measurable/tangible impact through their development work.
Worth of Award
There will be five finalists per Commonwealth region with the top entry receiving the Regional Winner Award and the overall top regional winner receiving the Pan-Commonwealth Award. The breakdown is:
- The 20 Regional Finalists will each receive a £1,000 grant, a trophy and a certificate.
- The 5 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 5 Regional Winners and Pan-Commonwealth Winner will be officially annouced during Commonwealth Week in March 2021.
- To mark the celebration next year of the Platinum Jubilee of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) has joined as a partner to offer to a selected applicant two years of flexible funding of £20, 000 a year, as well as coaching opportunities and organisational development support.
- 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 2021;
- 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:
- Level of Impact;
- Level of innovation/fresh approaches to problem-solving;
- Quality of achievement;
- Quality of the evidence provided.
How to Apply
To apply or nominate someone, please visit: Entries must be received online via the link by the deadline.
Deadline: applications for the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2022 close by 23:59 BST on October 17, 2021.