Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021

Young citizens of the Commonwealth countries are invited to submit entries for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards. The cash prizes and titles recognize young people whose work has made a major impact on communities in the framework of Sustainable Development Goals. The deadline is on 21 October 2020.

The Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work 2021 aim to raise the profile of young people and highlight the contribution they are making towards developing a fairer, sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous future for the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Youth Awards give international, regional and national recognition and support to those young men and women who have demonstrated young people’s capacity and potential to make positive contributions to their communities, nations and the world at large.

Young leaders from across the 54 Commonwealth countries can enter five regional categories, namely Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and Canada, and Pacific. Judges will choose 20 finalists who will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1,000 in cash. Of the 20, five regional winners will be chosen and awarded an additional £2,000. The finalists and regional winners will be announced during Commonwealth week in March 2021. There will be an overall winner who will receive the title of Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2021, and a total cash prize of £5,000. This year’s award includes special recognition for young people who have made outstanding efforts to tackle development challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadline is on 21 October 2020.


Main criteria

Candidates should be Commonwealth citizens aged 15-29. They are required to have been engaged in development work for at least 12 months as a professional or volunteer and show a strong track record of implementing impactful development work that contributed to one of the 17 sustainable development goals.

Find out more about Commonwealth Youth Awards. 

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