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Nominations and applications are being sought for the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work. The Awards will recognise the exemplary work that young changemakers are making throughout the 53 Commonwealth member countries, in promoting the common goal of a future built on fairness, peace, prosperity and sustainability and in achieving the SDGs.
The 2020 awards 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 finalise a regional strategy aimed at improving the wellbeing and livelihoods of Commonwealth young people.
A total of 16 finalists will be shortlisted from 4 Commonwealth regional categories: Africa and Europe; Asia; the Caribbean and Americas; and Pacific. A winner will be selected from each region, and 1 exceptional entrant will be recognised as the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year.
Past awardees have included young social entrepreneurs, human rights defenders, and climate change activists.
Regional winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in London on Commonwealth Day 2020. This year’s finalists will receive a trophy, a certificate and cash grants to help them continue their development work. All finalists will be awarded £1,000. Each selected regional winner will receive an additional £2,000. The Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will also receive an additional cash grant of £2,000.
Applicants and nominees must be Commonwealth citizens between 15 and 29 years of age and engaged in development work in a Commonwealth member country for more than 12 months either in a professional or voluntary capacity (see Official Website for eligible countries). They must have a strong track record of implementing innovative ideas and linking their development work and its impact to 1 of the 17 SDGs and they must have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of youth engagement in key areas of development.
Nominees must be individuals with a strong track record of implementing innovative ideas and linking their development work and its impact to the 17 SDGs. They should have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of youth engagement in key areas of development.
Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who is not a relative and who can testify of the impact of their work.
Nominations are to be done online by 31 October 2019.