Youth Work Week is an annual initiative by the Commonwealth Secretariat that highlights the contribution and achievements of youth work, youth workers, and youth organisations throughout the 53 Commonwealth member countries.
It was first established by the UK's National Youth Agency two decades ago, and since 2012 the Commonwealth has worked to expand its reach and scope across its 53 member countries.
The theme for Commonwealth Youth Work Week 2016, held from 7-13 November, is ‘Empowering young people through sport and arts’, acknowledging the creative and innovative techniques that youth workers employ to deliver effective youth empowerment programmes.
The Commonwealth Secretariat encourages youth clubs, national youth councils, youth ministries, departments, and national youth organisations, to get involved by hosting an event or activity for Youth Work Week. Contact us to share your plans for Youth Work Week 2016.
Launched in 2013 the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards celebrates outstanding youth workers across the Commonwealth who are instrumental to the positive development of young people.
Finalists will be shortlisted from each Commonwealth region - Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe, and the Pacific – with one person ultimately selected as the Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year in each region.
As part of an awards ceremony in London on 10 November, the overall Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year, drawn from the regional winners, will be named. Please note, the ceremony is invite-only.
If you know a youth worker who is doing great work using sport or the arts, then nominate them by completing the official online form at commonwealth-youthworkers.awardsplatform.com
Nominations will be assessed according to:
Nominations close 31 August 2016
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Find out more about last year's Youth Work Week activities: