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Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards Nominations  2015

Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards Nominations 2015

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.

Selection Criteria

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:

  • Builds the capacities of individual young people and youth groups to manage conflict and extremism in their communities and nations. Conflict can be of a religious, cultural or social nature.
  • Advocates for peace and reconciliation, nationally, regionally or globally through working with young people.

The main selection criteria will include:

  • Impact on young people’s lives—evidence of how the youth worker has made an impact on the lives of young people.
  • Impact of youth work skills—evidence to show that it was their use of youth work skills that made the difference in the work with young people.
  • Impact on the wider community—the impact the youth worker’s intervention had on the community and families.
  • Challenges in delivery—did the applicant have to overcome any challenges in delivering their work with young people (funding, bureaucracy or public opposition to the project).
  • All nominations must be received by 12 September 2015.

How to enter

  • Complete the online nomination form and submit online before the closing date.
  • Provide relevant information to support the nomination.
  • Provide names and contact details of the person able to endorse the nomination. People able to endorse the nomination include:
    • Senior officers in the Department or Ministry of Youth
    • Senior staff in a relevant non-government organisation or civil society organisation
    • Executive members of the National Youth Council or youth-led organisations.

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.