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Commonwealth Youth Work Week theme announced

22 August 2019

This year’s Commonwealth Youth Work Week will be celebrated across the 53 member countries from 4-10 November.

‘Youth work in action’ is this year’s theme, drawing attention to the extraordinary services of full-time practitioners and volunteers – recognised as youth workers - who support the personal development and empowerment of young people.

Last year we hosted the third Commonwealth Conference on youth work in Malta to strengthen the recognition and professionalization of youth workers in member countries.

The Commonwealth defines youth work as: ‘All forms of rights-based youth engagement approaches that build personal awareness and support the social, political and economic empowerment of young people, delivered through non-formal learning within a matrix of care.’

Youth work can take place in multiple settings, including, but not limited to, youth clubs, parks, schools, prisons, hospitals, on the streets and in rural areas.

The Commonwealth invites member countries to share stories, photos, videos and any other relevant content showcasing the valuable work of youth workers.

Content can be shared using #CommonwealthYouth and #YWW19 and make sure to tag and follow us on:

Twitter: @commonwealthsec

Facebook: @commonwealthsec  


Learn more about Youth Work Week


 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 Assocaition: 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