Award holders gather for Commonwealth Youth Summit

Published: 6 Jun 2014

Australian Gold Award holder, Emily Gray, holding a baby in a village in Nepal.

Ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer, Award holders from across the globe will gather in Scotland to take part in the largest Games Legacy event for the youth sector.

More than 200 young people from across the Commonwealth will participate in a programme of leadership activities and hear from young Commonwealth and Olympic medallists, including swimmer Rebecca Adlington OBE.

Youth legacy

The Commonwealth Youth Summit, which takes place between 6-8 June, has been organised to provide a platform for young people to come together and share their ideas and lessons on positive engagement and activities for their peers.

The participants, who hail from 18 countries in the Commonwealth, are already acting as young leaders in their own communities; Haylie Crosbie, 18, from Dumfries, provides volunteer peer support to those with disabilities and additional support needs. She says she is excited to be joining the summit and is looking forward to learning from others. “This for me will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope to take my youth summit experience back to my community to get more young people involved in raising awareness of issues in the world.”

Like-minded people

Gold Award holder Emily Gray from Australia is also attending. Having raised £1,000 to support an orphanage in Nepal, Emily is a keen volunteer and activist both in her home town and abroad. Speaking about attending the Summit, she said: “I couldn’t help but think what a great experience it could be to meet other like-minded young individuals who want to do something a bit different in life.”

The event is hosted by Dumfries & Galloway Council in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in Scotland. Council Leader, Ronnie Nicholson, said: “The young people attending will learn some invaluable skills, meet new people, share experiences and listen to some inspirational speakers. Investing in our young people so that they have the skills and abilities to get a good start in life is a priority for Dumfries and Galloway Council.  I am pleased that we are able to deliver this for these young people through the exciting programme that they have for this weekend.”

Positive contribution

Young people across the Commonwealth and beyond who are participating in the Award are getting involved with and remaining committed to local, national and international causes. The Award encourages young people to volunteer within their communities and increases their involvement with social and civic activities.

Barry Fisher, DofE Scotland Director, says that the Summit is providing young people from different backgrounds and cultures to come together and share ideas on how they can continue to inspire young people to make a positive contribution their world.

“Volunteering is a core part of the DofE programme and I’m delighted to see it put into practice by these ambitious young people. The Summit is a unique opportunity for young people across the globe to come together and share their ideas of how to make their communities a better place to live and I am confident that they will go back home after the Summit and make that change happen.”

Support for the event comes from: The Holywood Trust, Celebrate Lottery Fund, YouthLink Scotland, Youth Scotland, Young Scot, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People, Volunteer Scotland, The Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council and ScotRail.

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