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Applications open for youth to lead action on global challenges across Commonwealth

25 September 2020

Young people can now apply for key positions to spearhead youth-led action on pressing global challenges across the Commonwealth.

Seven Commonwealth Youth Networks are each seeking candidates to serve as their coordinator for a one-year term.

The networks are leading youth-driven bodies in the Commonwealth, galvanising advocacy and action on the environment, human rights, peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, education, health and sport for development.

The selected applicants will coordinate the particular network’s operations, encourage young people to deliver on Commonwealth priorities, organise capacity-building projects for youth advocates, give strategic advice to technical panels and advocate on global issues from a youth perspective.

A golden opportunity

Layne Robinson, Head of Social Policy Development at the Secretariat, said: “This would be a profound opportunity for talented and conscientious individuals to serve the young people of the Commonwealth, bringing youth leaders and youth-led organisations together to co-create the sustainable future we want to see in the Commonwealth.

“We, at the Commonwealth Youth Programme, understand the importance of harnessing the energy, talent and creativity of our youth population in tackling the current challenges that define our day while taking hold of the many opportunities now open for driving positive and meaningful change.

“For this reason, the Commonwealth needs the full support of the young people behind the many innovative ideas and strategic plans that will accelerate progress toward achieving the sustainable development goals, and support community-led, national and regional action especially as member countries rebuild after COVID-19.

“So, if you have the knowledge skills and abilities to lead and make a difference, this opportunity is for you. Join in!”

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a citizen from a Commonwealth country and aged 18 to 29 years;
  • have a strong commitment to upholding and promoting the goal of the particular network of interest;
  • have experience of working with an organisation focused on the selected issue; and
  • be available to commit 20 hours per week to the network’s activities for 12 months.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply for coordinator positions of the following networks by 23:59 GMT on 15 October 2020, through the respective links.

  1. Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs Africa
  2. Commonwealth Students Association
  3. Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN)
  4. Commonwealth Youth Health Network
  5. Commonwealth Youth Human Right and Democracy Network
  6. Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network
  7. Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace Network

The selected candidates will work remotely and will receive a monthly stipend.

Capture the world’s attention

Karuna Rana, former CYCN’s coordinator, said: “Across the globe, we are seeing young people lead monumental action on critical challenges whether it is climate breakdown, women’s rights or the coronavirus crisis.

“Despite the ‘international’ nature of these problems, the efforts of many young people remain confined within their communities and countries.

“The Commonwealth networks provide those grassroots change-makers and established youth leaders with an international and centralised platform to be connected, heard and recognised.

“I strongly encourage young activists to join these networks to not only drive youth-led action in the Commonwealth but to be a unified voice to capture the world’s attention.”

The Youth Networks are supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat. For enquiries, please email the Commonwealth Youth Programme at [email protected]

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