Ama Agbeze MBE joined young people in Birmingham yesterday for the launch of The Prince’s Trust and Commonwealth Games Federation Youth Voice Plan - which includes recommendations to ensure the legacy of each Commonwealth Games benefits young people in each host country.

The Youth Voice Plan (pdf, 6mb) was devised with young people from across the Commonwealth and was led by Young Leaders from the UK who have been supported by The Prince’s Trust and partners. It forms part of a wider multi-game’s partnership between The Prince’s Trust, Prince’s Trust International and the Commonwealth Sport movement.

The recommendations include:

  • Enabling young people to access volunteering, training and employment opportunities generated by the Commonwealth Games
  • Inspiring young people through sport to engage in developing skills that will help to increase their confidence
  • Placing young people at the forefront of legacy objectives for the Commonwealth Games

The Young Leaders were helped to develop their skills and experience with support from the Khalili Foundation in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat. In 2021, the Young Leaders were joined by a group of British Council Young Leaders from nine different countries to ensure international ideas were taken into account. The plan continued to take shape with a series of online youth summits, which engaged young people across the Commonwealth and focussed on education, sustainability and global citizenship issues.

In the lead up to the games, The Prince’s Trust has helped young people engage with the event, through personal development and employment programmes. Recently, a group of young people took part in Get Started in Boxing at The Prince’s Trust to build their confidence and self-esteem. Those ready for employment have been supported into retail and event sector roles linked to the games.

Ama Agbeze MBE said:

The Youth Voice Plan is an incredible achievement and shows that young people across the world feel invested in the Commonwealth Games and their futures. Sport can make a real difference to young people, increasing their confidence and their aspirations.

"It’s great to see that the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Federation and The Prince’s Trust have forged a successful partnership that will benefit young people across the world."

Jasmin Kaur, Chair of The Prince’s Trust Young Leaders Group, said:

The Youth Voice Plan is a culmination of ideas from hundreds of young people across the Commonwealth. We’re aiming to ensure that the legacy of each Commonwealth Games offers inspiration as well as tangible benefits for young people, including education, training and employment opportunities that will also uplift their local communities. I’m very proud of what we have achieved.

Pritpal Surj, Commonwealth Lead at The Prince’s Trust, said:

Young people have been at the forefront of the Youth Voice Plan. It will help to ensure that sustainability and intercultural relationships are strengthened and benefit young people throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

"The plan is also a celebration of a global youth community, which helped to galvanise enthusiasm for the Commonwealth Games and facilitated a safe space for hundreds of young people to share their aspirations and ideas for a better future."

The Youth Voice Plan and associated youth summits, were coordinated by The Prince’s Trust in partnership with the Commonwealth Sport Foundation, The British Council, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, The Khalili Foundation and Beatfreeks.

Download the Youth Voice Plan (pdf, 6mb)

Watch the highlights from our virtual youth summits