More than 45 years ago, the Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa worked with educators and university professors to design a leadership program for Commonwealth youth. That program continued to evolve and has expanded into today's National Student Commonwealth Forum (NSCF) - a week-long leadership program to engage, inspire, and empower Commonwealth youth regarding current issues affecting The Commonwealth and the world.
These young leaders of tomorrow build leadership skills, while discussing and learning about international affairs and the Commonwealth. The program will include a debate on youth issues in the Senate, an amazing Commonwealth race through the streets of Ottawa, team-building, a cultural evening, presentations from subject-matter experts, and opportunities for one-on-one conversations with High Commissioners, Canadian MPs, and Senators. The capstone activity will see Global Affairs Canada host a mock Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting where teams of students, representing each of the Commonwealth countries, work together to listen, empathize, and build consensus towards a better future among the 53 Commonwealth countries. A different theme is selected each year. This will be followed by a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence and a GALA dinner.
The Forum is open to youth in grades 10-12 who hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
Travel to and from Ottawa within Canada is generously provided by The Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa with financial contributions from the Department of Canadian Heritage. Bursaries to cover the nominal registration fees may be available to applicants via their local Royal Commonwealth Society branch or other organizations within your community.
Submit an Expression of Interest to receive the latest news regarding NSCF and to be advised when registration opens for the next NSCF, the first week of May in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.