Nominations are open for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2015 on the theme of Youth Workers Creating Paths to Peace, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of youth workers and their enduring positive impact on young people across the 53 Commonwealth countries, particularly in the context of peace-building and social cohesion
At the Commonwealth, youth work is defined as the “informal personal, social and political education and empowerment of young people within a matrix of care”. Youth workers include adults and peer youth workers who work systematically with young people to enable and empower them.
The Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards are part of the Commonwealth’s annual Youth Work Week celebrations where we acknowledge, celebrate and recognise the outstanding efforts of youth workers across the Commonwealth.
The Youth Work Week theme for 2015 is Youth Workers Creating Paths to Peace, which acknowledges the role youth workers play in fostering social cohesion, peace and security in our society.
Nominations will close 12 September 2015.
Individuals are able to nominate themselves or can be nominated by someone who is able to vouch for the legitimacy of the nominee’s youth work capabilities with a focus on social cohesion and peace-building. You can also nominate more than one youth worker, but they need to be separate applications.
Nominated youth workers should be able to demonstrate their impact on young people, the wider community and how their youth work delivered peace-building and social cohesion outcomes.
By peace-building, we mean youth work that:
The main selection criteria will include:
How to enter
What happens next?
Entries will be judged by a panel of representatives of the Commonwealth Youth Programme and young people. The judges’ decision will be final.
Finalists (16 in total) will be shortlisted from four Commonwealth regions: Africa and Europe, Asia, Americas and Caribbean, and Pacific. A winner will be selected from each region, and invited to London, United Kingdom, during Youth Work Week, 2-8 November 2015.
During the presentation, one of the regional winners will be declared Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year 2015.
Winners will be asked to agree to the Commonwealth using their profile and photographs in publicity of the awards and ceremony.
Nominate a youth worker or encourage others to nominate a youth worker by completing the online nomination form.