At the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Uganda Professor Robyn Broadbent as a member of the Youth Workers Association in Australia was voted as the Chair of the new Alliance. The Alliance was endorsed by the member states of the British Commonwealth in attendane in Uganda.
Here is the link to the media article outlining Robyn’s new role. What does it really mean? Well Robyn has been collaborating with Board members from Africa, Jamaica, India, Aotearoa, England and Malta to establish a global network. There are two key roles that are a part of this network. The first and most important is that we contribute to the capacity building of Professional Youth Work networks across the Commonwealth.
It is really important work when we are considering the challenges in countries like Africa and Asia. However, we get an opportunity to learn from the awesome work that is being done in other corners of the globe. There are currently 19 Youth Worker Associations either established or emerging in the Commonwealth and we are walking the journey with them.
We have also joined with a further 21 Youth Worker Associations from Europe and the USA to form a global network. What this has meant is that CAYWA has just released a statement in support of Youth Work. This statement mirrors the statement by the European Council on their 2nd definition of Youth Work. This statement was contextualised to the Commonwealth context to build a global statement on Youth Work.
What is so exciting about this work is joining together and learning from each other. We continue to look for opportunities for workers to learn from each other and we are building a new web page with resources from around the globe including the very good work, for example, from the European Council on the role of Youth Work in radicalisation of young people. All of which we are adding to our web page. So most recently we have added the work from Europe and we will now make a point of adding alerts so that you know it is there for your use.
We continue to work for our members on promoting Youth Work, building networks and looking for resources that may support your work. Most importantly it is important to know that the Board continues to make a contribution globally to Youth Work. This year board member Mel Vella has visited India to build a bridge between Australia and India Youth Work agency ComMutiny who do good work which we hold in high regard. Associate Professor Tim Corny has written the recently endorsed Commonwealth Code of Ethical Practice and Robyn has attended the conference, presented and recently provided a peer review to the Namibia proposed Bachelor of Youth Work.
We hope we can enrich our own resources, professional development info and much more as we work to build capacity here and overseas.