After spending two weeks in Scotland attending 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme, and winding down after the conclusion of National Student CHOGM 2014, I feel like I need a holiday!
33Fifty brought together 100 of the Commonwealth's most influential young leaders and immersed them in four days of organisational visits and interactions with business, government, and community leaders.
One of the things that struck me about the programme was the ability of the conveners to always get the best out of participants. Andy Coxall, Kirsten Johnson, and the rest of the Common Purpose team gave me and all the participants the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, about our strengths and weaknesses, and also about our leadership styles. My thanks goes to Common Purpose and the Royal Commonwealth Society for the enormous amount of work they put in to give us the best and most rewarding experience possible.
National Student CHOGM 2014 was an amazing experience. To be able to see 50 of New Zealand's best and brightest high school students debate and discuss the key issues facing the Commonwealth and to watch them grow was hugely rewarding for me and my team. The class of 2014 has passion, finesse, and were hugely driven to overcome the obstacles that our family of 53 faces in a modern world riddled with conflict and tension. They give me an immense amount of hope for the future and I am sure they will go on to be future leaders in their chosen fields.
Wishing you a happy, safe and fruitful month ahead!
Aaron Hape Executive Director
Commonwealth Youth New Zealand
National Student CHOGM 2014
Photos courtesy of the Office of the Rt. Hon. John Key.
National Student CHOGM has concluded for another year. The 2014 conference was run under the theme of 'Team Commonwealth' and the importance of member states working together to achieve common goals.
Some highlights, as seen by the photos, included morning tea with Commonwealth High Commissioners to New Zealand, a mock crisis and confliuct resolution session run by Colonel Martin Dransfield, ONZM, of the New Zealand Defence Force, and a Q and A session with the Right Honourable John Key, MP, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
The National Student CHOGM 2014 Communique will be online in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on our website for more details.
The Queen's Young Leaders Programme
The Queen's Young Leaders Programme is searching for inspirational young people across the Commonwealth who are making a difference in their communities. Exceptional people aged 18-29 will receive awards for leading the way where they live, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth. We’ll support them to do more life-changing work.
Grants will be made to organisations in selected Commonwealth countries that can show they are improving the lives of young people. The grants will help individuals gain new skills, employment and a voice in their communities.
33Fifty: The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme
July 17 to 20 saw 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme, take place ahead of the XX Commonwealth Games in Scotland. 100 youth leaders from around the Commonwealth were given the challenge of creating a realistic project that could help progress toward low-carbon economies.
New Zealand was well represented by Katherine McIndoe, Fintan Walsh, Tredegar Hall, Tehnuka Ilanko, Aaron Hape, and Lachlan Turley.