A Lasting Legacy

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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.

In 2014 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. The network of Queen’s Young Leaders is now complete forming a unique community of 240 influential change-makers, who represent 53 Commonwealth countries.

Awards

The Queen’s Young Leaders 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 received a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a Residential Programme in the UK during which they collected their Award from Her Majesty The Queen. With this support, Award winners are now continuing and developing the amazing work they are undertaking in their communities.

Grants

As well as awarding inspiring young people, Queen’s Young Leaders Grants have been 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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  • The Legacy Fund was created to celebrate the remarkable achievements of #QueensYoungLeaders & will help recipients build on the life-changing work they are delivering in their communities around the #Commonwealth.⁣⁣
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2018 award winner Alimatu (photographed right) from Ghana is one of the #QueensYoungLeaders who received a Legacy Fund grant to support her project CowTribe – an online platform that provides animal health services to rural livestock farmers.⁣⁣
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The service aims to reduce livestock mortality & increase farm productivity & income by linking partners with veterinary services quickly & easily through a simple booking app, as well as providing vaccination reminders, outbreak alerts & animal husbandry management advice.⁣⁣
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The grant will enable CowTribe to pilot their project amongst rural female with the aim of implementing the model in several communities across the country.⁣⁣
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Read more about the Legacy Fund in the link in our bio ➡️⁣
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Community #Africa
  • This #DementiaActionWeek we want to highlight the work of 2017 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Rianna who established Dominica Dementia to support families who have a relation living with the condition.⁣⁣
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Dominica Dementia holds support groups, provides financial assistance to families & works to educate the wider community about dementia⁣⁣
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Rianna also met Olympic athlete @gomofarah at Buckingham Palace on the day that she collected her award Her Majesty The Queen.⁣⁣
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Head to our IGTV channel to learn more about Rianna’s work 🎥⁣
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#DAW2019 #DementiaActionWeek
  • 2017 Award winner Matthew from Trinidad & Tobago is committed to improving mental health in his community. He works on the Safe Space programme, which offers peer support and group therapy sessions at the University of The West Indies.⁣
Matthew also co-founded Yellow Pebble, a youth and mental health organisation which provides guidance to clinical psychology students.⁣
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In 2017, Matthew was one of six #QueensYoungLeaders who spoke with HM The Queen about how the impact the award has had on his work and life.⁣
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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters
  • 2018 Award winner Hunter & co-founder of @mancave is one of the #QueensYoungLeaders who received a Legacy Fund grant to support his work to help boys & men with their mental health. @themancave_aus works with schools, teachers, parents & community groups to deliver workshops, camps & presentations that explore healthy masculinity, positive mental health, respectful relationships & gender equality.⁣
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With the support of the grant, @themancave_aus will train a new group of volunteer male facilitators to allow the programme to reach more men living in rural communities, support them with their mental health, and create more positive, male role models.⁣
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Created to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the now complete network #QueensYoungLeaders, the Legacy Fund will allow recipients to continue the amazing work they are undertaking in their communities. Click the link in our bio to find out more.⁣
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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters
  • 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Ezekiel from New Zealand set up TuKotahi, a peer-support programme which offers information to young people about mental health services in their local area.⁣
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The 2019 theme for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is #BodyImage, which is something Ezekiel focuses on in his work through encouraging conversations and helping young people to feel confident within themselves.⁣
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Ezekiel said: “the most rewarding part of my job is seeing the spark in the eyes of young people when they finally believe in themselves and their dreams.”⁣
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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters
  • The theme for this year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is #BodyImage. 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Jodie created @themindmattersvg to teach people aged 10-50 in her local community about the importance of good mental health. As part of this, Jodie teaches self-care techniques to improve people’s body image and encourages conversations to prevent the onset of further mental health conditions. ⁣
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Since being awarded a #QueensYoungLeader Jodie has become the Saint Vincent & The Grenadines representative of the Global Mental Health Movement Peer Network and has given presentations to young people on how activities such as art therapy and sports sessions can help improve mental health.⁣
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#BeBodyKind #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters
  • 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Tian is using technology to help people access mental health support. Tian founded Acceset, an online platform for people to discuss mental health problems and seek help anonymously.⁣
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Since winning the award, Tian has been developing new ways to train volunteers to deliver support digitally which recreate elements of face-to-face empathy after noticing that young people find it easier to express their problems online.⁣
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To help with his own mental health, Tian said: “I use a singing app that allows me to enter virtual karaoke rooms to sing with other like-minded individuals.”⁣
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What helps you manage your mental health challenges?⁣
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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth
  • To celebrate the now complete network of #QueensYoungLeaders, grants have been awarded to 15 projects that are tackling some of the most important issues facing the #Commonwealth through the #QueensYoungLeaders Legacy Fund.⁣
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As part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we will be championing the work of the #QueensYoungLeaders who are working to transform mental health care in their local communities, including those who have received a Legacy Fund grant.⁣
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2018 Award winner Elizabeth received a Legacy Grant fund to support her work in transforming the lives of people living with mental health issues in Uganda. After discovering the stigma surrounding mental health in her community and that many mental health problems went undiagnosed due to a shortage of trained professionals and resources, Elizabeth co-founded @clearyomind_, an online platform for people to access free support.⁣
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To find out more about the Legacy Fund grants, click the link in our bio 👆⁣
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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth
  • Today, HRH The Countess of Wessex met #QueensYoungLeaders at at reception in New Delhi to celebrate the achievements of @qejubileetrust & its partnership with @StanChart to improve eye care across India ⁣
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#QYLLegacy #EyeHealth #RoyalVisit
  • A very happy birthday to Her Majesty The Queen from the #QueensYoungLeaders of the Commonwealth 🎈 ⁣
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#QueensBirthday #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty
  • Like 2016 winner Seini, from Papua New Guinea, many of the #QueensYoungLeaders say that winning their Award has enabled them to have a voice in their community and to raise awareness of the issues they champion ⁣🙌
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#QYLLegacy #YoungPeople
  • Suhani is 2017 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner and founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation, a network of young women entrepreneurs living in slum communities who produce low-cost, high-quality hygiene products to tackle the menstruation challenges in India.⁣⁣⁣
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The foundation reaches over 10,000 women a month and employs women from urban slums in Mumbai to manufacture and sell affordable sanitary pads back into their communities working to improve menstrual hygiene, provide stable employment and build a trusted network.⁣⁣⁣
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#WorldHealthDay #HealthForAll #QYLLegacy
  • 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Aditya is developing mobile health solutions to help reduce maternal and child mortality in areas with limited health resources. He is the co-creator of CareMother, a mobile and online platform that connects health workers to gynaecologists and empowers them to carry out regular doorstep antenatal check-ups to pregnant women in any setting.⁣
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The app enables women to monitor their pregnancy, health workers to early identify any potential or emerging high-risk complications and gynaecologists to schedule timely interventions or follow ups. Aditya and his team have worked with over 15 organisations and provided affordable care to more than 30,000 pregnant women in over 800 villages in India, Bangladesh and Kenya.⁣
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#WorldHealthDay #HealthForAll #QYLLegacy
  • The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall met with #QueensYoungLeaders Javon Liburd and Dion Browne as part of their visit to St. Kitts and Nevis last week.⁣
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The Prince of Wales said: “We have heard about so many wonderful people doing marvellous things in their communities”⁣
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Watch our Instagram story to find out more 👆
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#RoyalVisitStKitts #QYLLegacy
  • This #WorldOptometryDay we’re celebrating the incredible work of #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Erna.⁣
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Erna is passionate about addressing the lack of eye-care professionals in Pacific countries. She teaches essential eye care to nurses so that they can return to their home countries and make a difference in reducing visual impairment and blindness.⁣
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Erna also works to encourage early detection of eye problems and promotes the need for affordable eye care. In Samoa, free eye examinations are now available for under-16s and over-65s, with free glasses for underprivileged children and more affordable glasses for adults.⁣
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Erna said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders Award has provided me with the recognition I needed to make a bigger impact on my community by connecting me with organisations and people who can help my work. It helped validate that work and brought attention to the importance of eye care in general.”
  • This #WorldPoetryDay we’re celebrating #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner and Poet Jean-Claude from Trinidad and Tobago.⁣
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Jean-Claude founded @2CentsMovement, a youth-led organisation working in schools and universities in the Caribbean to encourage young people to discuss social issues through spoken-word poetry.⁣
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This year, @2CentsMovement will focus on environmental responsibility among young people and will lead poetry workshops and performances at over 80 primary and secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago.⁣
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Jean-Claude says: “The most consistent feedback we’ve received from teachers is how engaged students were in our spoken word shows compared to traditional presentations. Through performance, students were more interested in listening thus able to absorb more about the issue as well as be inspired to act through the passion of the poets."⁣
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#Poetry #Poems #PoetryDay #TrinidadAndTobago #YoungPeople
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Who We Are

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

It has helped 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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