Commonwealth Youth Award, $5000 and Certificate for Participants

Commonwealth Youth Award 

Great opportunity for Youth to be awarded with Excellence in Development by the Commonwealth under the Commonwealth Youth Programme

Winners will receive up to $5,000 cash grant, a certificate and other benefits.

Everyone is qualified for this award provided the nominee was nominated by someone or by himself or herself and that he or she has been in public or private organization working for not less than 12 months

Organized and delivered by the Commonwealth Youth Programme, the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work aims to recognize and celebrate young people (aged 15 – 29) in the Commonwealth who are spearheading impactful, sustainable development work in their communities.

The main objectives of the Commonwealth Youth Awards are to:

Highlight the contributions young people are making to development work in the Commonwealth, particularly through the Sustainable Development Goals;

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; and

Motivate, encourage and challenge young people to set high standards for their work/service at community, national, regional or international levels.

Nomination Requirements for the Commonwealth Youth Award

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 years of age on 31 December 2022;

Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who can accurately describe their development work; and

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; and


Awards Process for the Commonwealth Youth Award

There will be four finalists for each Commonwealth region with the top entries receiving the Regional Winner Award. The top Regional Winner will receive the Pan-Commonwealth Award and be named the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2023.

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 Regional Winners and Pan Commonwealth Winner will be officially announced during Commonwealth Week in March 2023.

By entering this competition, you hereby consent to the collection and processing of the personal data you provide, and for the Commonwealth Youth Programme to share your information with Third Parties where necessary for the purposes for which it was obtained. This information will be stored for up to 2 years, after which time it will be destroyed.

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Application process for the Commonwealth Youth Award

First Register an account by clicking on the application portal below.

Start your entry (save it in-progress).

Submit your entry to be in the running (once you have submitted, you will not be able to edit your entry). visit the official website below to begin your nomination

Click here for more details and application

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