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Search begins for future Commonwealth leaders

23/07/2015
Young People
New 33Sixty young leaders programme announced as 60th national Legacy 2014 programme.

33Sixty, a key new national Legacy 2014 programme, has been officially launched in Glasgow by Fiona McLeod, Acting Minister for Children and Young People.

The programme, to be delivered by Common Purpose, the international leadership development organisation, will bring together 100 exceptional, young people aged between 18-25. This world-class development opportunity will take place in Glasgow in April 2016.

33Sixty is so named because 33% of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth and 60% of those are under 30. This programme builds on 33Fifty, the inaugural programme, which took place in the days prior to the Commonwealth Games last year. Both programmes are sponsored by the Scottish Government and Legacy 2014.

At the launch, the Minister spoke about why 33Sixty will contribute to the global legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

The Minister said:

"As we mark the first anniversary of the start of the Games, I'm delighted to announce the 33Sixty Programme - the 60th Legacy 2014 programme. It's fantastic that the legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Games continues to support our young people in Scotland and across the Commonwealth to develop into confident global citizens and this new programme builds on the successful 33Fifty programme.  Young people were at the heart of the legacy and 33Sixty gives them an opportunity to learn from each other and make a real difference to their communities."

"The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has ever hosted, with our athletes achieving record-breaking medal success. But the benefits of the Games have lasted beyond 2014.”

Over the four days of 33Sixty, the participants will tackle the Challenge ‘What would produce a step change in how the public, private and not-for-profit sectors work together?’, developing actionable ideas in response to this Challenge. On the final day of 33Sixty, the young leaders will present their projects to senior leaders participating in CSCLeaders, which is taking place in Scotland for the first time in April 2016.

CSCLeaders convenes 100 exceptional, senior leaders from across the Commonwealth to investigate the same Challenge as 33Sixty participants. CSCLeaders is a renewal of the groundbreaking HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences first held in 1956.

Andy Coxall, CEO of Common Purpose Student Experiences said: “Most problems – and their solutions – spread across boundaries; most leaders stay within them. We need to ensure that the next generation is better at crossing boundaries, be they geographical, sectoral, generational or cultural, to be able to tackle these problems. By bringing together such a talented, diverse group of young people, 33Sixty enables the youth of the Commonwealth to work together to address the world’s most pressing problems.” 

Applications for 33Sixty are now open and the closing date is 10 January 2016.

33Sixty builds on the hugely successful 33Fifty programme which was first run in July 2014, and was sponsored by the Scottish Government and Legacy 2014. The leadership development programme will bring together 100 young leaders from across the Commonwealth in order to give them the skills and the experience to cross boundaries, lead change and use the Commonwealth’s networks effectively. 33Sixty is run by not-for-profit social enterprise Common Purpose.