The Commonwealth Secretariat has joined forces with globally recognised youth organisations, including global youth leadership organisation, Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AIESEC), the Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) International, Rotary International, India’s youth organisation, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, and the Big Six - an alliance of leading international youth-serving bodies.
Together they created the Commonwealth Alliance for Quality Youth Leadership with the main objectives of:
- Accelerating youth leadership skills training, using non-formal education and learning approaches, to reach over 100 million young people by 2030;
- Harnessing the vast potential and contribution of young people to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Developing the wider ‘soft’ or ‘core’ skills – such as resilience, teamwork adaptability, problem solving, decision making and communication – which can help young people to ensure they are ready for the world of work post COVID-19.
The partnership was formalised with an agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which includes commitments to work together to promote volunteerism; offer young people the practical experiences needed to compete in the labour market; create an environment where collaboration and innovation can thrive; and support the development of leadership and useful life skills.