Young people wishing to apply for the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards have less than one week left to submit their entries.
The Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work are free to enter and recognise exceptional young people in the Commonwealth who are making a difference in their communities through development work. Entries must show the tangible impact of the work linking to one of the 17 sustainable development goals. Winners will be selected based on the impact, sustainability, and level of innovation in their work.
Layne Robinson, the Commonwealth’s Head of Social Policy Development, said: “We extended the deadline to midnight on 14 November 2019 in response to the high demand and interest shown by young people. The extension will give them more time to prepare their application that will reflect their amazing work.
“Our young people have creative ideas, passion for the communities and a commitment to making a difference. These awards will put a global spotlight on the best of the Commonwealth’s young people and provide funds to help them scale-up the scope and reach of their projects.”
Sixteen finalists will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1,000 in cash. From 16, four regional winners will be awarded an additional £2,000 and will be invited to London to receive their award at a ceremony during Commonwealth week in 2020.
The top regional winner will receive the title of Commonwealth Young Person of the Year and a total cash prize of £5,000.
The awards are open to all nationals of Commonwealth countries from the ages of 15 to 29 who have been engaged in the development sector for at least a year either as a professional or a volunteer.