The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, has established The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth.
Over the course of its five year life span, the Programme aims to discover, celebrate and support young people from every Commonwealth nation to transform their own lives and the futures of others around them.
This unique, life-changing Programme has two parts:
The Programme is seeking to celebrate the achievements of young people and support them to develop their leadership skills and improve the lives of people across the Commonwealth. It aims to ensure that:
60% of the Commonwealth are under 30, which is 10% higher than the global average. This means the Commonwealth’s youth population is currently the largest it has ever been, and these young 1.3 billion young people represent a huge opportunity.
Young people have the ideas, energy and talent to make a huge difference to the communities in which they live – and to the Commonwealth as a whole. Despite this, young people are often not given the opportunity to shape society and rarely have access to the resources required to make their visions a reality. The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme has been created to help change this.
Each application/nomination must meet the following criteria:
All applications/nominations will be considered based on the young person’s achievements to date as well as their potential and their future ambition. Award winners will be shortlisted by a panel made up of young people from across the Commonwealth. The shortlist will then be presented to The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme Board, which contains members from all three partner organisations, for final selection and decision.
2. When will the Awards applications close?
Applications have now closed.
3. What is the package of support that Award winners will receive?
Award winners will receive a year-long tailored package of online-learning, mentoring and networking, and provided with a one week residential programme in the UK, during which they will receive their Award from Her Majesty The Queen. This programme will strengthen the skills and confidence of Award winners to equip them to further change the lives of those around them and inspire the next generation of young leaders through their own actions and values. Please note that the Awards package does not include a financial reward or grant.
4. Can translation tools be used when submitting an application?
Yes. If you do use a translation tool when making your application, please state so on the form. This will not affect your application. Also, please note that the awards scheme, including online learning, mentoring and the residential week, will take place predominantly in English.
5. What are Award winners expected to deliver?
With the support offered by the Award Programme, winners and runners-up will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities. They will deliver a social change project in the area specified in their application, under the guidance of their mentor.
6. Can I nominate someone for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards?
Yes, you can join the search for young leaders from across the Commonwealth to help celebrate and continue their incredible work. By nominating someone, we will send details about how to apply directly to the nominee’s email account (so you don’t need to do this more than once). Nominations are not considered in the shortlisting process and it is not a voting system.
Grants will be available to selected organisations in six countries across the Commonwealth (Bangladesh; Jamaica; Sierra Leone; Solomon Islands; UK; and Zambia). Projects will be supported that are led by, or focused on, young people. They will provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills, enter employment or enterprise, or have a say in decisions affecting their future. Each project will place young people at the heart of their communities, working with them to help solve the issues that affect their lives.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Grants Programme is a proactive scheme, and after a thorough and detailed scoping process, which included participative workshops with organisations, partners, businesses and stakeholders, we invited selected organisations to apply. Therefore, unfortunately we will not be engaging with any potential new applicants at this time.
In addition, in each country we will be supporting one organisation to run a fully open Small Grants Fire-Starter Initiative – to support smaller innovative youth-led organisations and groups.