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Call for Nominations: Commonwealth Youth Development Awards

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The Commonwealth Youth Development Awards, which encourage and sustain investment in youth-led development, are open for 2013 nominations. Awards highlight the contribution of young people make to achieving the development goals.

Youth workers are encouraged to nominate young people, who are driving innovative projects in any number of areas, including agriculture, small enterprise, skills training, climate change/environment protection, sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction.

The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), promotes the awards as an attempt to raise the profile and highlight the contribution of young people who are integrally involved in the process of change and are working side by side with decision makers for a more secure future. The awards also give international, regional and national recognition to the young men and women who are selected.

CYP works with 54 Commonwealth member countries through four regional centres based in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. There will be four finalists per Commonwealth region with the top entry from each region receiving a regional winner award and the top regional winner receiving the pan-Commonwealth award.

Winners are awarded grants to advance the work of their projects and they also liaise closely with the CYP on the best way to use the funding. Nominees for the awards should be aged between 15 and 29 years. Applications close on 30 June 2013.

Evans Wadongo won both the pan-Commonwealth and Africa region 2012 Commonwealth Youth Awards. He received a £5,000 grant for the charity he founded, ‘Use solar, save lives’. Regional winners for Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific each won a £3,000 grant.

At 19, Mr Wadongo designed a solar-powered lantern using recycled materials. Over 27,000 of these lanterns have been produced and distributed across Kenya, providing a safer, cheaper and environmentally-friendly lighting alternative to kerosene lamps. His programme has expanded to include building regional youth centres, which provide skills training for young people.

For more information on the 2013 awards:

2013 Commonwealth Youth Awards Nomination Form 

2013 Commonwealth Youth Awards Brochure

Or contact:

The Coordinator
Commonwealth Youth Awards
Email: o.said@commonwealth.int

Read more about the 2012 Commonwealth Youth Award winners.

Call for Nominations: Commonwealth Youth development awards 2013

Commonwealth-LogoThe Commonwealth Youth Development Awards, which encourage and sustain investment in youth-led development, are open for 2013 nominations.

Youth workers are encouraged to nominate young people, who are driving innovative projects in any number of areas, including agriculture, small enterprise, skills training, climate change/environment protection, sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction.

The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), promotes the awards as an attempt to raise the profile and highlight the contribution of young people who are integrally involved in the process of change and are working side by side with decision makers for a more secure future. The awards also give international, regional and national recognition to the young men and women who are selected.

CYP works with 54 Commonwealth member countries through four regional centres based in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. There will be four finalists per Commonwealth region with the top entry from each region receiving a regional winner award and the top regional winner receiving the pan-Commonwealth award.

Winners are awarded grants to advance the work of their projects and they also liaise closely with the CYP on the best way to use the funding. Nominees for the awards should be aged between 15 and 29 years. Applications close on 30 June 2013.

Evans Wadongo won both the pan-Commonwealth and Africa region 2012 Commonwealth Youth Awards. He received a £5,000 grant for the charity he founded, ‘Use solar, save lives’. Regional winners for Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific each won a £3,000 grant.

At 19, Mr Wadongo designed a solar-powered lantern using recycled materials. Over 27,000 of these lanterns have been produced and distributed across Kenya, providing a safer, cheaper and environmentally-friendly lighting alternative to kerosene lamps. His programme has expanded to include building regional youth centres, which provide skills training for young people.

For more information on the 2013 awards:

2013 Commonwealth Youth Awards Brochure

Or contact:

The Coordinator
Commonwealth Youth Awards
Email: o.said@commonwealth.int

Call for Applications:The International Programme On Youth Entrepreneurship Training (IPYET)

Announcing the INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME ON YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING (IPYET) | January – April 2013!!!

Do you have what it takes to attend our flagship programme in Youth Entrepreneurship?

The IPYET programme is designed as a post-graduate course and is targeted at youth development practitioners, labour and employment officers, social development programmers, enterprise mentors, trainers and academia.

Course Format: Online and Residential

Partial Scholarship available on request. Information pack and Application forms can be downloaded below.

Application deadline is: 31st August 2012.

Call for Nominations:Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work 2012!

Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work 2012

Do you know of a young person making a positive difference to the lives of other people in your community or country?

The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) is inviting nominations for the 2012 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work.

We are looking for young people whose development work reflects the Commonwealth’s Plan for Youth Empowerment to:

1. Promote youth participation in decision making

2. Promote the economic empowerment of young people

3. Take action for equality between young men and women

4. Promote peaceful and democratic environments in which human rights flourish

5. Provide quality education for all

6. Improve access to information and communication technology

7. Promote health, development and values through sports and culture

8. Engage young people to protect the environment

 

COMMONWEALTH YOUTH AWARDS NOMINATION FORM

General information

The nominee must have been engaged in development work for more than 12 months, either in a professional or voluntary capacity;

– The development work must be ongoing and taking place in a Commonwealth Country;

– The nominee should not be older than 29 on 31 December 2012.

– Individuals cannot nominate themselves in a personal capacity;

– The winners must agree to take part in publicity generated by the Commonwealth.

Applications open on Commonwealth Day March 12 2012 and close on July 31 2012.