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Our activities and initiatives seeks to elevate Youth Work in the eyes of policy and decision makers; promoting and celebrating Youth Work; as well as Professionalising the practice of youth work across the Commonwealth

International Youth Work


In November each year, we bring together youth workers, government officials, partners and stakeholders in the youth work space to showcase the power of youth work, sharing practical examples of how impactful and useful the youth work profession can be in our collective bid to promote positive and holistic youth development practices.

CAYWA Youth Work Labs

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CAYWA Mentoring Programme

CAYWA is made up of a diverse group of experts in teh youth work space. Through the CAYWA mentoring programme, we are able to support both emerging and new Associations to formulate and establish systems and practices to strengthen their establishment as an Association. 

Commonwealth Youth Work Conference

The Commonwealth Youth Work Conference brings key stakeholders in the youth work ecosystem around the globe every two years to celebrate and strengthen the collective impact of youth work and youth workers in the Commonwealth

CAYWA Regional Collaborations

Our Regional Collaborations helps in advancing youth development practices and policies Regionally, with a focus on building the capacity of those who work with young people.

CAYWA Capacity Grant

With funding support from the Commonwealth Secretariat, we are able to strengthen and build the capacity of emerging associations in the youth worker space. This, we are able to do through the provision of grants over a one-year period to improve the capabilities and sustainability of youth work associations across the Commonwealth.



“ Nurturing our children and young people is our most important role as a society IMHO.

We are living in troubled times and there is a global need for deeper human connection as the vital first step in resolving the challenges we face. We need our youth to grow to become peaceful, positive and kind adults. CAYWA provides mechanisms for us to connect skilled peers across the Commonwealth to share practice, knowledge and oils the wheels of our progress."

Robin Lockhar, 

Director of Development, Catalyst In Communities 

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