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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 Programme is now in its fourth and final year and has formed a unique community of 240 influential change-makers, who represent 53 Commonwealth countries.


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.


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.


  • It’s the moment they’ll never forget… #throwback to our 2017 #QueensYoungLeaders receiving their Awards from Her Majesty The Queen.
  • #Throwback to the 2016 #QueensYoungLeaders at the #BBC for a media masterclass as part of their #ResidentialProgramme 🎥🎥🎥 #flashbackfriday
  • Throwback to 2015 when our first cohort of #QueensYoungLeaders Award winners joined us in London for their Residential Programme.

  • ‘Young people have boundless energy and skills,’ says Morris, founder and director of Sierra Leone’s @sensitechhubsl.

The bedrock project at the Innovation Hub is the Firestarter Initiative which looks at new ways of solving issues faced by young people. It identifies organisations which have the potential to upskill and empower young people to seek employment, finding innovative ways to help them to develop market-based solutions to the challenges they face in their communities, as well as driving them to contribute to a sustainable economy, and craft a future for themselves.

#QueensYoungLeaders #Sensitechhub #Innovation
  • 1 month to go until the 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders arrive in London to start their Residential Programme! 🎉🎉🎉
  • PJ Cole and Devika Malik are speaking at the Formal Opening of #CHOGM18 this morning, sharing their #Commonwealth stories to Her Majesty The Queen, Members of the #RoyalFamily and Heads or Government. #QueensYoungLeaders
  • Prince Harry and Ms. Markle met with #QueensYoungLeaders at the final day of #CHOGM18 #YouthForum #PrinceHarry
  • It’s the final day of #CHOGM18 #YouthForum! #QueensYoungLeaders
  • Day 2 done! Check back tomorrow for more updates from The #QueensYoungLeaders at #CHOGM2018
  • Let’s go day 2! #chogm2018 #QueensYoungLeaders
  • Day 1 done! Check out our story to see what The #QueensYoungLeaders got up to today, and check back tomorrow for day 2.
@commonwealth2018 #CHOGM2018
  • #QueensYoungLeaders ready to pitch! Check our story for more.  #PitchAtPalace
  • Happy #WorldPoetryDay! We spoke to Abrahim Simmonds, co-founder of @jayecan_ , about the importance of the arts. 
JAYECAN creates programmes which use the arts to drive positive change. These include #ArtReach, where volunteers visit children’s homes and rehabilitation centres to provide music, art and drama sessions; and #Herstory, which encourages young women from disadvantaged communities to use the #spokenword and writing to help them to explore their past.

  • Happy #CommonwealthDay! 
We asked some of our #QueensYoungLeaders what being part of The Commonwealth means to them.
  • M.D Hasin Habib works to end child marriage and violence against women. M.D and his team use an educative approach, and through discussion hope to achieve concrete solutions within their community in Bangladesh. Link in our bio.

#ActionAid #Bangladesh #Youthprojects #QueensYoungLeaders #FirestarterInitiative #EndChildMarriage
  • Jasmin and Asma work for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response project which helps refugees in numerous ways, including offering psycho-social & primary health support, and teaching women and adolescent life skills. Link in our bio.

#ActionAid #Bangladesh #Youthprojects #QueensYoungLeaders #FirestarterInitiative #RohingyaRefugeeCrisisResponse
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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.