The Commonwealth Youth Programme has supported member countries with youth development work for more than 50 years. In Commonwealth member countries, 2023/24 is the Year of Youth.
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Year of Youth 2023-24 logo




Leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2022 declared 2023 as the Commonwealth Year of Youth - a year dedicated to youth-led action for sustainable and inclusive development.

At the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in London, it was decided to extend the Year of Youth until the next CHOGM, which will be held in Apia, Samoa, in October 2024.

The extended programme aims to create more opportunities for pan-Commonwealth initiatives that address global issues affecting young people like climate change, gender equality and unemployment, whilst partnering with new organisations on projects that can be sustained beyond the Year of Youth.

We invite young changemakers, civil society and governments to work together towards a renewed vision for the Commonwealth: one that is secure, fair, and sustainable.  

The expression of interest form to propose a Year of Youth activity has now closed.

Have your say and complete the "Your Commonwealth, Your Future" survey 

 

Youth in the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth’s 56 member countries have a combined population of 2.5 billion people, of which more than 60% are aged 29 or younger.

2023 coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Youth Programme – established to deliver support for young people under the age of 30 to reach their full potential.

1.5 billion
young people live in the Commonwealth
60%
of the total Commonwealth population
1 in 3
young people aged between 15 and 29

Year of Youth Advisory Committee

An advisory committee guides the implementation of the Year of Youth – making sure young people are given a platform during the series of high-profile youth events due to take place in 2023/24.

 

Aims

The Commonwealth Year of Youth's mission will be achieved through accomplishing the following aims:

Energise

the inclusive participation of young people and youth partners throughout the Commonwealth to celebrate their contributions and deliver a wide-ranging programme of activities.

Engage

decision-makers and partners to increase investment in creating an enabling environment for youth empowerment through a revitalised Commonwealth Youth programme and youth-led networks and initiatives.

Empower

Commonwealth youth by building their capacities for leadership, collaboration and co-creation of inclusive solutions to address challenges in development, democracy, diversity and peace.

Envision

a renewed Commonwealth that is championed by young people of all backgrounds from the 56 Commonwealth member countries, who are working together to create a common agenda.

Get involved

The Year of Youth 2023/24 provides an opportunity for all stakeholders at all levels to renew and strengthen their commitment to youth engagement and empowerment.

To spread the word about #YearOfYouth on social media please use our social media toolkit below.

 

Other ways to get involved

Youth Clubs

Set up a Commonwealth Youth Club called the Fifth Space, in a school or in your community. These spaces focus on self-transformation of youth as well as transforming society through youth development, leadership skills and informed stances on social issues.

Download the manual

Commonwealth Youth Network

The Commonwealth has 15 youth networks covering all the key aspects of development and democracy in the Commonwealth.

Register your interest to join a network

Commonwealth Professional Association

Join a Commonwealth Professional Association or Society. The Commonwealth is supported by a network of more than 80 accredited organisations working in specialist areas from education to urban planning.

Learn more

Schedule of events

Join us in 2023/24 for a series of youth-focused Commonwealth events designed to bring together young people, changemakers and governments, put youth issues at the centre of the global agenda, and empower participants and observers to advocate for changes that improve the lives of under-30s across the 56 member countries.

Year round activities

 

Year of Youth Champions

Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh will act as a Year of Youth Champion, responsible for promoting and raising the profile of issues facing young people in the Commonwealth.

Year of Youth Champions will echo the Commonwealth Secretariat’s call for stakeholders at all levels to renew and strengthen their commitment to youth engagement and empowerment.

 

 

Contact us 

  • Youth Division | +44 20 7747 6462
  • Follow #CommonwealthYouth on Twitter and Facebook

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