On 13 March, the Commonwealth Youth Award will recognise the exceptional contributions and enduring positive impact of young people from Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Americas, Africa and Europe in London.
To attend the ceremony, please contact [email protected] by 17:30 GMT on 11 March 2019. Please note, the ceremony is invite-only and an RSVP is required.
The 13th annual Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work will celebrate the achievement of young people, aged 15-29, whose projects serve the people and communities in their country and drive the progress to realise the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The awards will recognise their outstanding initiatives in line with the SGDs with a focus on poverty, gender, clean water, education, health and climate change.
With the help of the awards, former winners have gone on to scale up their ventures, increase the impact of their development work and drive sustainable change within their communities.
This year, over 500 nominations were received from over 45 Commonwealth countries and sixteen finalists were shortlisted. The finalists hail from Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, Fiji, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Uganda.
At the ceremony, four finalists will named the regional winners from Africa and Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Canada, and the Pacific, each receiving a grant prize of £3,000, a trophy and certificate. From the four, one overall winner will receive the title of the 2019 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, receiving a total grant prize of £5,000, a trophy and a certificate.
The award ceremony will present their work to Commonwealth leaders, high commissioners and policymakers to stress the vital role of young people in national development. The ceremony falls during Commonwealth Week, held from 11-15 March, under the 2019 theme ‘A Connected Commonwealth’.