The Commonwealth Youth Volunteering Programme (CYVP) is the CYP platform that uses volunteerism as a tool for participation, active citizenship, cultural exchange and the improvement of livelihoods through increased employability and skills development.
A Commonwealth Youth Volunteering Programme that integrates young people as agents of change for development and transformation through volunteerism.
To use volunteerism as a tool for young people to realise their potential, activate their citizenship and improve their employability.
- The Key Objectives of the CYVP is to:
- Mobilise young people as volunteers in their communities by providing and promoting opportunities
- Advocate for youth volunteerism in the Commonwealth
- Work in collaboration with UN Volunteers and other strategic partners
The CYVP is set with a strong mandate to use volunteerism as a tool for young people to realise their potential, activate their citizenship and improve their employability.
- Employability: Developing core competencies and experience relevant to becoming more upwardly mobile within the labour market and obtaining employment. The CYVP recognises volunteerism as an apt capacity building environment for young people to glean the relevant knowledge, skills and abilities to progress in acquiring a sustainable livelihood.
- Active Citizenship: Taking on roles of responsibility within the community in pursuit of social development is strongly linked with volunteerism as an avenue to active one’s citizenship. Promoting this amongst young people allows for young people to be recognised as leaders and relevant stakeholders in the development process.
Cultural Exchange: Creating a network of young people that adopt the values of respect and understanding through intercultural dialogue and exchange allows for greater social inclusion and participation of different groups of young people from different countries, socio-economic backgrounds, cultures and belief systems.