When we share our stories, what it does is it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories. And it gives us the sense that we are not alone on this journey.
- Janine Shepherd -
What is CommonStory?
CommonStory is a youth led pen-pal program. Through letter writing, members are able to discuss similarities and differences around the world and connect all walks of life.
Share your story
After registration we will send you a starter kit with all the information you need to be connected to a partner. We offer support and guidelines for the letters but the rest is up to you!
Connect the world
Then you will be a part of the movement to connect the world and share the stories of youth. Connect with youth from across the world and be a part of our Commonwealth Community!
Commonwealth Youth Council
The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is the official representative voice of the more than 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth.
The CYC was first established in 2013 with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Commonwealth Youth Programme. It was endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government as an “autonomous, youth-led” organisation.
Led by a nine-member executive, the CYC acts as a coalition of national youth councils and other youth-led civil society and private sector bodies from across the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth.
The CYC works to mobilise the voices of young people and advocate for governments to meaningfully engage young people. It partners with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other organisations with a focus on youth development.
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