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.