Youth workers today face tough and ever-increasing demands, supporting a population burdened with the multiplying and intensifying challenges of unemployment, the pandemic, conflict and climate change.
From 2 to 6 November 2020, the Secretariat is inviting the Commonwealth countries to pause for a week to celebrate the achievements of youth workers.
Under the theme ‘Ambitious for Youth Work’, our Youth Work Week will recognise the huge responsibility youth workers take on and the sacrifices they make.
The week will also be an opportunity to explore strategies to improve support mechanisms for professionals and boost the impact of their work.
This year, the Secretariat is teaming up with the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers Associations and the UK’s National Youth Agency to:
- Raise awareness of youth work, its principles, values and ethos - particularly concerning youth workers’ role during the global pandemic;
- Build partnerships with youth workers associations and others in the sector;
- Develop platforms for networking and promoting the ambition for youth work; and
- Advocate for enhanced commitments and investments to empower and engage youth workers.
The week will be packed with activities, including:
- A briefing for high commissioners, youth workers and youth work associations to discuss challenges and developments in the sector;
- The collection and dissemination of case studies of best practice in the field, featuring innovative solutions developed by youth workers, transnational collectives, young people and governments;
- The launch of our cutting-edge Youth Work Labs - an integrated platform for those in the sector to reflect and exchange solutions to specific challenges;
- The launch of our practitioners’ short course and web series to offer practical support to youth work associations; and
- The kick-off of our social media campaign to highlight the contribution of youth work to national development.
Launch of the Commonwealth Youth Work Labs, 3 November
Register here to attend or find out more details (PDF)
Launch of the Online Course on Youth Work Practice, 6 November
Register here to attend.
Publications and information on youth work in the Commonwealth:
Youth Work in the Commonwealth: A Growth Profession - a 35-country baseline study on the state of youth work as a profession in the Commonwealth
The Third Commonwealth Conference on Youth Work Report
Establishing a Professional Youth Worker Association: A 12-Step Guide and More
Co-creating Youth Spaces - A guide for transforming youth work cultures in youth club contexts through field-based learning
Ethical Practice Responsibilities for Youth Work
Ethical Principles of Youth Work
Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers’ Associations (CAYWA): A Global Statement on Youth Work
Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers’ Associations (CAYWA) Website
To learn more about our Youth Work Week contact:
Puja Bajad and Layne Robinson