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The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017 will be announced in December 2016

About Us

THE QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME DISCOVERS, CELEBRATES AND SUPPORTS EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH, LEAVING A LASTING LEGACY FOR HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.

Last year a search was launched to find exceptional young people to receive the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders Awards. Hundreds of applications flooded in from incredible young people all dedicated to making lasting change in their community and beyond.

Awards

The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives. Winners of this prestigious Award will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen. With this support, Award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities. Applications are now closed and will reopen in June 2017.

Grants

As well as awarding inspirational young people, Queen’s Young Leaders Grants will be made to organisations in selected Commonwealth countries that can show they are improving the lives of young people. Our vision is to provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills, enter employment and give them a voice in their communities. All our funding has now been allocated and applications for grants are closed.

For more information about the Grants programme, please see our FAQs.

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  • Did you know, the ‪#‎QueensYoungLeaders Award includes:
* Leadership training and mentoring over the course of a year
* A week-long residential programme in the UK
* An Award presented by Her Majesty The Queen

With less than two weeks to go until applications close, Adam Bradford, one of this year’s winners from the UK, talks about the benefits of the Queen's Young Leaders network over on the website (link in bio)

If you're aged 18 to 29, from a Commonwealth country and making lasting change in your community, then apply at queensyoungleaders.com
  • There’s just three weeks to go until the applications close for the #QueensYoungLeaders Awards! Over on our website Angelique Pouponneau, one of this year’s winners from the Seychelles, shares her five top tips from the Residential Week in the UK (link in bio). Don’t forget if you're aged 18 to 29, from a Commonwealth country and making lasting change in your community, then you can apply at queensyoungleaders.com
  • On #internationalyouthday we celebrate our #queensyoungleaders who are changing the communities they live in. If you're aged 18-29, from a Commonwealth country and making lasting change in your community, then visit queensyoungleaders.com to apply.
  • Did you know the #QueensYoungLeaders Award winners receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including an online training course led by the University of Cambridge @leadingchangeuc as well as a one-week residential programme in the UK? 
If you're aged 18 to 29, from a Commonwealth country and making lasting change in your community, visit queensyoungleaders.com to apply.
  • On #MandelaDay find out more about the amazing work of our South African #QueensYoungLeaders Visit: bit.ly/29PjKTk #SouthAfrica #youth
  • Lots of amazing #QueensYoungLeaders applications are already coming through. Is yours one of them? #TheSearchIsOn 
If you're aged 18 to 29, from a Commonwealth country and making lasting change in your community, then visit queensyoungleaders.com to apply.
  • In case you missed it, @nikinsammy helped to launch #TheSearchIsOn for the #QueensYoungLeaders of 2017.

If you're aged 18 to 29, living in a Commonwealth country and making lasting change in your community, then apply at queensyoungleaders.com
  • What an incredible week it has been! The #QueensYoungLeaders are very proud of their medals from HM The Queen @theroyalfamily #leadership #youth
  • Exciting news! The search is on for the #QueensYoungLeaders of 2017. If you're aged 18 to 29, living in a Commonwealth country and making lasting change in your community, then apply at queensyoungleaders.com #TheSearchIsOn
  • Repost from @theroyalfamily using @RepostRegramApp - Hi, it's Jacob here. I'm one of the 2016 @QueensYoungLeaders and I work with the LGBTI+ community in Australia.

Last night the Queen's Young Leaders met with Her Majesty The Queen to receive our Awards at Buckingham Palace. It was one of the most overwhelming yet gratifying experiences for so many of us. We are so incredibly grateful for what this programme has given us as well as the support provided by @theroyalfamily. It is now up to us as QYLs to deliver to provide platforms for voices to be heard and action to be taken to ensure that the future of this planet and the Commonwealth is one of opportunity and equal standing.
  • Repost from @davidbeckham using @RepostRegramApp - I was so honored to meet The Queen and some inspiring young people yesterday at Buckingham Palace . @queensyoungleaders is an important initiative that celebrates & acknowledges the work of young people throughout the Commonwealth .. So proud to support.. On a personal note I miss my Nan & Grandad everyday and I know how proud they would of been of this picture of there grandson and Her Majesty ...
  • Congratulations to the #QueensYoungLeaders of 2016
  • Repost from @kensingtonroyal using @RepostRegramApp - "The @QueensYoungLeaders award recognises what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate.

You have already been an inspiration to so many; but I hope this award will inspire you to go out and achieve even greater things in the future, empowered by the network of leaders you now sit amongst.

Please keep doing what you're doing and inspire others to do the same; tomorrow the search begins for next year's lead." - Prince Harry to the 60 inspirational #QueensYoungLeaders as they received their awards from The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
  • What a night at Buckingham Palace! @theroyalfamily And now on to Australia House for a red carpet welcome #amazing
  • Her Majesty The Queen has arrived and the #QueensYoungLeaders awards ceremony is about to begin @theroyalfamily
  • Sir John Major, Sir Lenny Henry and @davidbeckham talk with the #QueensYoungLeaders ahead of their big moment.
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Who We Are

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, launched The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in 2014 at Buckingham Palace.  The four-year programme, supported by The University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, aims to discover, support and celebrate young people from across the Commonwealth.

It will help to transform the lives of young people through awards to individuals who are leaders in their communities and grants to youth-led and focused organisations.

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