There’s less than a month to go until nominations for this year’s Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Youth Work close. Given that Grenada has such a wealth of talented young people who are making an impact to the country’s development, let’s make sure that they are represented this year.

The Commonwealth Youth Programme, an international development agency working with young people aged between 15 and 29 hosts these annual awards recognise the invaluable contribution of young people to development, in community, national and global contexts.

As Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General acknowledges, “More than any generation in history, today’s young people are shaping the social, economic and political landscape that they will inherit. This is an exciting opportunity to recognise their energy, talent and commitment to development across the 53-nation Commonwealth.”

Nominations for 2015 should show how a young person’s work, whether professional or voluntary, has helped to promote a development goal, such as empowerment of marginalised groups, education for all, peace, democracy, human rights, health, sport and culture, or protection of the environment. The entry period closes on 30 October 2014.

Four finalists from each region (Asia, Africa and Europe, Caribbean and Americas, and Pacific) will be selected, and from these sixteen finalists, one from each region will receive a regional Commonwealth Youth Award.

Each finalist and winner will receive a cash prize, and the regional winners will also travel to London in Commonwealth Week in March 2015, where the overall pan-Commonwealth Commonwealth Youth Award winner will be announced.

You can get the full details here and applications can be made online at http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/cya2015/.http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/cya2015/.

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