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 #QueensYoungLeaders Programme has discovered, celebrated & supported exceptional young people across 53 Commonwealth countries who are driving change on some of the urgent challenges facing the Commonwealth’s communities – including mental health, education, climate change, employment opportunities and gender equality.⁣
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With the network now complete, this group of changemakers will continue to change lives together for many years to come, leaving a lasting legacy in honour of The Queen.⁣
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#QYLLegacy #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers #YoungInnovators
  • 2018 Award winner Douglas grew up in the Mathare slums in Kenya & is now #TransformingEducation in his local community after experiencing first-hand the challenges children & young people can face in attaining an education.⁣
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Douglas says: “Accessing education was a major challenge when I was younger as my parents could not afford school fees.”⁣
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This inspired him to set-up @oasismathare, a community centre where children who lack the money to attend school can study.⁣
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The centre also offers a safe-space where students can do their homework & also provides entrepreneurial & IT skills to unemployed young people, including teenage mothers.⁣
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#InternationalYouthDay #YouthDay #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers
  • Happy #YouthDay! Sharing the #QueensYoungLeaders Programme’s belief in young people, @queenscomtrust is working to help young change makers, including #QueensYoungLeaders like Joannes, realise their hopes & dreams for the future.⁣⁣
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After witnessing the number of children who were missing out on schooling, 2015 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Joannes from Cameroon is #TransformingEducation for underprivileged children in his community.⁣⁣
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One of main challenges Joannes is tackling is basic sanitation in schools through the project he co-founded with his twin brother, Hope For Children Cameroon, which aims to reduce school absenteeism by promoting safe sanitation practices & constructing toilets & wash facilities.⁣⁣
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To further support his work, @queenscomtrust selected Hope For Children Cameroon as one of their first grant recipients back in 2017. This grant enabled Joannes to build new toilet block and sanitation facilities in a school and nursery in Tinifoinbi.⁣
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#InternationalYouthDay #YoungChangeMakers #YoungInnovators
  • Happy #FriendshipDay! Today we’re celebrating the amazing friendships that #QueensYoungLeaders have made following the programme 👫🌎
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#InternationalFriendshipDay #WorldFriendshipDay #Friendship #ConnectedCommonwealth #QYLLegacy
  • Ishita received a #QueensYoungLeaders award for her dedication to improving the lives of marginalised women in Canada through the non-profit organisation she founded, Mom’s The Word. ⁣
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The charity hosts free prenatal workshops for pregnant women who have a low income or who are homeless, to fight ill-health, illiteracy, maternal poverty & infant morbidity 🙌
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Although the network is now complete, Ishita tells us how the programme will allow the #QueensYoungLeaders will continue to change lives for many years to come.⁣⁣
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#YoungInnovators #YoungChangeMakers #YoungEntrepreneurs #YoungLeaders #Inspiration
  • Happy #WorldEmojiDay! Here's a #Throwback to our 2017 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winners on a visit to Facebook & Instagram as part of our Residential Programme 😎🎉🙌🥳⁣
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With the network of #QueensYoungLeaders now complete, we’re excited to see how this exceptional group of young people are continuing & developing the amazing work they are undertaking in their communities.⁣
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#YoungInnovators #YoungChangeMakers #YoungEntrepreneurs #YoungLeaders #Inspiration
  • The #QueensYoungLeaders programme set out to empower young people across the Commonwealth who are making a positive difference in their communities.⁣
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2018 Award winner Yi Jun from Singapore supports young people to make informed career choices through the organisation he co-founded, @advisory.sg. The online service provides users with access to resources, and interviews with professionals from a range of sectors to help them plan their future careers.⁣
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The network of #QueensYoungLeaders is now complete forming a unique community of 240 influential change-makers who continue to deliver and develop their life-changing work across the world.⁣
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#ThrowbackThursday #TBT #QYLLegacy #YoungChangeMakers #YoungPeople #Youth #Innovation #Empowering
  • 2017 Award winner Ruth is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of sexual & reproductive health in Uganda which led her to launch @askwithoutshame, a free & anonymous online service aimed at young people.⁣
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Tackling some of the myths that exist around sexual & reproductive health, @askwithoutshame has responded to 200,000 questions since launching in 2015 & now hopes to expand across Africa.⁣
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To help elevate her work, Ruth received a #QueensYoungLeaders Legacy Fund grant which will support their mission to tackle the common misconceptions around sexual health. With the network now complete, the grants come at an exciting time in the #QueensYoungLeaders journey, allowing them to continue the life-changing work they are delivering across the commonwealth.⁣
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Find out more by clicking the link in our bio 👆
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Empowering #Community #Health #SexualHealth #Africa
  • Today marks 1 year since the final cohort of #QueensYoungLeaders were presented with their awards by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace 🏆
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The now complete network of 240 influential change-makers are continuing the amazing work they are undertaking in their communities 🙌⁣
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Head to IGTV to watch the 2018 highlights 👆⁣
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#QYLLegacy #Throwback #BuckinghamPalace #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers
  • Today we’re celebrating ​International Women in Engineering Day by highlighting the incredible female #QueensYoungLeaders who are not only working in engineering, but also support other women to do the same 🎉 ➡️2017 award winner Aditi from South Africa is a civil engineer & managing director of @_WomEng, a social enterprise working to close the skills & gender gap in engineering. ➡️2018 award winner Sela is the founder & teacher on Zambia’s first robotics development team & explores how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can help solve some of the challenges faced by her country ➡️2018 award Alexia is founder and CEO of @girlbossnz which supports women in New Zealand to become leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering & maths (STEM). #InternationalWomenInEngineeringDay #INWED19 #Engineering #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers
  • Virginia received a #QueensYoungLeaders Award in 2017 for her work to end cultural & social practices that undervalue young women in Malawi. ⁣
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As the founder of Girls Arise for Change, Virginia works with community members across Malawi to form educational & support structures for girls who are at risk of early marriages, sexual exploitation & child labour.⁣
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To further support her work, Virginia received a #QueensYoungLeaders Legacy Fund grant which will help to elevate the work of Girls Arise for Change & empower more young girls & women. ⁣
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With the support of the grants, projects like Girls Arise for Change, initiated by #QueensYoungLeaders will continue working towards finding solutions to global issues. Discover more about the Legacy Fund grants by clicking the link in our bio ⁣
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Empowering #Community #Education
  • 2015 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Caren founded the Sisari Women initiative group to support & educate women on sexual & reproductive health in rural Kenya by creating a safe environment for girls to share their experiences.⁣
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Caren is one of the #QueensYoungLeaders who has received a Legacy Fund grant which will support a new project to discourage & stop female genital mutilation (FGM) practices, as well as educate more young women on their rights.⁣
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With the Queen’s Young Leaders network now complete, the grants will help to elevate their work so that they can continue to transform their communities. Find out more about the Legacy Fund grants by clicking the link in our bio ⁣
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Empowering #Community #Education
  • Today we’re celebrating #TroppingTheColour 🎉 created by @qejubileetrust as a 4-year initiative, the #QueensYoungLeaders Programme is now complete, forming a unique community of 240 influential change-makers, who represent 53 Commonwealth countries 🌎⁣
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As well as awards, the #QueensYoungLeaders programme has also given grants to youth-led & youth-focused organisations 🌿⁣
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To showcase the Trust’s achievements to date, @RoyalFamily created a timeline which shows the history of the Trust’s work including the achievements of the #QueensYoungLeaders. A link to the timeline can be found in our bio ⬆️⁣
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#TroppingTheColour #TheQueensBirthday #QueensBirthday #RoyalFamily #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers #Commonwealth
  • 2018 highly commended runner-up Michael from Kenya received a #QueensYoungLeaders Legacy Fund grant to support his project Focus Wise which aims to fight hunger & poverty through teaching improved farming methods 🌾
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The grant will enable Focus Wise to support 300 youth farmers in Eastern & Northern Kenya through training them in cassava farming & crop management, as well as introducing them to local buyers.
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Created to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the #QueensYoungLeaders, the Legacy Fund will help recipients like Michael build on the life-changing work they are delivering in their communities around the #Commonwealth⁣⁣ 🌎
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Empowering #Farming #Community
  • On #WorldEnvironmentDay we want to highlight the amazing work of the #QueensYoungLeaders who are working to #BeatAirPollution, raise awareness on #ClimateChange, & protect the environment 🌎
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Award winners Khairunnisa, Jamilla, Zainab, Sajid Angelique & Abdikadir are all working to educate others about the importance of protecting the environment & promoting more ecological ways of living 🌳
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#WorldEnvironmentDay2019 #Environment #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers #Empowerment #Community #Commonwealth
  • This #PrideMonth we’re celebrating the #QueensYoungLeaders who are championing diversity & raising awareness of the issues facing LGBTQ+ communities.⁣
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2017 #QueensYoungLeader Award winner Michael from Grenada is working with @grenchap, a sexual reproductive & health rights organisation which promotes sexual health & human rights within LGBTQ communities.⁣
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Michael is also one of the #QueensYoungLeaders who received a Legacy Fund grant which will allow @grenchap to implement a project to target LGBTQ+ communities, sex workers & people living with HIV, with a focus on an outreach programme to increase HIV testing & sexual health awareness.⁣
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With the network now complete, the Legacy Fund will allow the #QueensYoungLeaders to continue their life-changing work. Click the link in our bio to find out more ⬆️⁣
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#PrideMonth #PrideMonth2019 #Pride #LGBTQ #YoungChangemakers #YoungLedaers #QYLLegacy
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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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