Common Purpose

33Sixty is a leadership programme for young leaders of the Commonwealth aged between 18 and 25.

About 33Sixty

Our programme is called 33Sixty because 33% of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth, of whom 60% are under the age of 30.

33Sixty brings young leaders together in order to give them the skills and the experience to cross boundaries, lead change and use the Commonwealth’s networks effectively.

33Sixty builds on the hugely successful 33Fifty programme which was first run in July 2014, one week before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

The programme will give you:

  • leadership skills to help you in your studies, career and civic life
  • the ability to make a difference to your community, the Commonwealth and wider society
  • access to global networks and an alumni community of engaged Commonwealth citizens
  • Cultural Intelligence – the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures.

Who is it for?

33Sixty will bring together 100 young leaders of which:

  • 1/3 will be nationals of the host country
  • 1/3 will be from across the Commonwealth and currently studying or living in the host country
  • 1/3 will travel to the host country from across the Commonwealth.


33Sixty is open to young leaders who meet the following criteria;

  • Aged between 18 and 25 years old on the date of the programme.
  • A citizen of a Commonwealth country.
  • Able to communicate and work in English.

To apply for the programme complete an online application form.

Aaron Pinto, Canada, Participant, 33Fifty 2014 and recipient of the Queen's Young Leaders award 2015

“Wow! What a journey this has been for me. I can’t believe how intense these past few days have been. Thank you for this opportunity. I am incredibly grateful. I have even more inspiration to do more in life.”

Participants on the final day of 33Fifty, Glasgow 2014

Alexander Clayton, Great Britain, Participant, 33Fifty 2014

“The inspiration that I have gained from this program will genuinely motivate me to act. Learning from others has also shown me just what is possible when you surround yourself with great people. I don’t doubt that this will have a lasting impact on my life both professionally and personally.”