CYP works to engage and empower young people (ages 15-29) to enhance their contribution to development. We do this in partnership with young people, governments and other key stakeholders.
CYP was established by Commonwealth Heads of Government in 1973. It aims to:
"…work towards a society where young men and women are empowered to develop their potential, creativity and skills as productive and dynamic members of their societies and participate fully at every level of decision-making and development, both individually and collectively, promoting Commonwealth values of international co-operation."
CYP advocates the effective participation of young women and men in the development process and for social transformation. We value their full engagement at all levels of decision-making.
The programme is financed by a special fund consisting of voluntary contributions from member governments. We add to these funds by developing projects and partnerships with other organisations and through our networks. This also helps us reach more people and make more people aware of our field (youth development) and what it means.