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Commonwealth Correspondents Program 2020 for Young Writers

Commonwealth Correspondents are regular contributors to YourCommonwealth.org.

They are aspiring youth leaders or writers from Commonwealth countries who want to engage with the rest of the world. Correspondents are keen to tell other people about ordinary or extraordinary issues or events occurring in their community, town, country or region.

YourCommonwealth.org was launched in 2011 as an interactive site for young people, students and youth leaders from across the world to engage with each other and provide a youth perspective on global debates. It is supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat and has its own independent editorial team.

A hive of fresh ideas and creativity, the website is a space where people under 30 who care about things like injustice, poverty or the environment can swap experiences and viewpoints.

The website hosts the work of the ‘Commonwealth Correspondents’, a pioneering network of young and aspiring journalists and social commentators who publish articles, interviews and comment pieces on issues of mutual concern. These young writers come from every Commonwealth region and are eager to share their perspectives on events occurring in their community, country or region.

What do I have to do to become a Correspondent?

To become a Correspondent, all you have to do is commit to writing at least one short article every two months and abide by the Code of Conduct (see links on the right).

What’s in it for me? Why should I get involved?

There are many benefits of becoming a Correspondent: 

It is hugely satisfying to know that your articles are being read by other young people from all around the world it’s also a way of making friends and learning new things.

Your articles may influence opinion across the Commonwealth and within member governments, they are likely to be read by lots of people at the Commonwealth Secretariat and other organisations.



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