The Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace Working Group (CYSDP) is made up of a small group of young practitioners in the field of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP). It was established in 2013 with the support of the Youth Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Janine Thornhill of Trinidad and Tobago is the current CYSDP chair.
Its members, with a diversity of experiences and cultural backgrounds, aim to be: “The leading voice for youth in the Commonwealth towards promoting best practices in sport for development and peace in their respective societies – by targeting young people and policy makers.”
The CYSDP has three main strategic techniques, which are to ‘Advocate, Educate and Demonstrate’ to their peers the benefits of using sport as a tool for development.
As part of their mandate, CYDSP members attend sport and non-sport related forums around the world to represent and express the youth and sport stance on development issues. They also contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the SDP sector through research and projects, and various other Commonwealth activities.