Working with Young People with Disabilities

Presentation of the donor

As one of the largest and most diverse youth-led organisations in the world, the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is committed to engaging, involving and advocating for young people within the Commonwealth. The CYC is the recognised voice of more than 1.2 billion young people within the Commonwealth. Ultimately, the CYC is a coalition of all national youth councils and other youth-led civil society and private sector institutions in the Commonwealth.

Summary of opportunity

The CYC facilitates and supports the work of all youth- led initiatives. We partner with suitable stakeholders, organisations and individuals to represent and empower young people in the Commonwealth. We endeavour to share skills, ideas, resources and services with our approved members in order to provide young people with the opportunity to make a difference to their communities and society.

By joining together, we have a collective, powerful voice and we can enable young people to be instrumental agents for positive change. Through its office for Inclusion and Engagement, the CYC prioritises the need for young people with disabilities in the Commonwealth to have access to equal opportunities and to ensure that their voices are represented and heard at national and international levels.  Therefore the Membership Committee of the Council invites organisations working with young people with disabilities to join the Commonwealth Youth Council and ensure that no voice is left unheard.

Eligibility criteria

Applications have to meet the following criteria:

  • Organisations must be working in a Commonwealth country
  • Duly registered with an authority within a Commonwealth country unless a valid explanation for lack of registration certificate is provided.
  • Show proof of past experience about their work with young people with disabilities with at least a one page report about their activities
  • Strategic plan about their long term activities would be an added advantage.

Botswana, CameroonGhanaKenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia,  NigeriaRwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone,South Africa, Swaziland,Uganda, TanzaniaZambia.

How to apply

Applicants are requested to apply using the following form:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but not later than 6 months prior to the Commonwealth Youth Forum. However for this group we will be carrying out the first evaluation of our work on the 31st August so it is encouraged that you apply before then.

All applications, enquiries and requests for further information should be sent to: