Deadline: 31 August 2016
Applicants are invited to apply for Commonwealth Youth Work Week 2016, an annual initiative by the Commonwealth Secretariat that highlights the contribution and achievements of youth work, youth workers, and youth organizations throughout the 53 Commonwealth member countries.
The Commonwealth Secretariat encourages youth clubs, national youth councils, youth ministries, departments, and national youth organizations, to get involved by hosting an event or activity for Youth Work Week.
The Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards celebrates outstanding youth workers across the Commonwealth who are instrumental to the positive development of young people.
The theme for Commonwealth Youth Work Week 2016 held from 7-13 November, is ‘Empowering young people through sport and arts’, acknowledging the creative and innovative techniques that youth workers employ to deliver effective youth empowerment programmes.
Finalists will be shortlisted from each Commonwealth region – Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe, and the Pacific – with one person ultimately selected as the Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year in each region.
Nominations will be assessed according to:
- Impact on young people’s lives – evidence of how the youth worker has made an impact on the lives of young people
- Impact on the wider community – the impact the youth worker’s intervention had on the community and families
- Quality of their interventions – evidence of the use of youth work principles, methods and sustainable approaches
- Innovation and learning – evidence of creativity in overcoming the challenges of delivery and in application of youth work theory
How to Apply
If Applicants know a youth worker who is doing great work using sport or the arts, then nominate them by completing the online form given on the website.
- Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia
- Asia: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka
- Caribbean and Americas: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, The, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
- Europe: Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom
- Pacific: Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
For more information, please visit Commonwealth Youth Work Week 2016.