Introducing Queen's Young Leaders -
Class of 2018

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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 all 52 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.


  • On our last day in Jamaica we caught up with Jamaica Youth Business Trust (JYBT). Check today’s story for more. 
JYBT provides loans and mentoring, and also trains participants so they can successfully manage their enterprises.

#QueensYoungLeaders #JYBT
  • We caught up with LGBT group @equalityja to hear more about their amazing work. Check our story for more! 
J-FLAG receives funding from The Queen’s Young Leaders Grants Programme #QueensYoungLeaders #jamaica #lgbt
  • We spent the day at Village Academy in Jamaica which receives funding through the #QueensYoungLeaders grant programme. See more in our story.
  • Check out our story for more! #queensyoungleaders #jayecan
  • #OnThisDay in 2015 the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders were announced! #QueensYoungLeaders
  • Welcome to the family! #QueensYoungLeaders 2018
  • #ICYMI Watch Prince Harry’s special message to this year’s winners. #QueensYoungLeaders #PrinceHarry
  • Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up for 2018! #QueensYoungLeaders
  • The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is delighted to reveal the final ever award winners. Meet its class of 2018 (link in bio)
  • The final ever Queen’s Young Leaders Award Winners will be revealed tomorrow. #QueensYoungLeaders
  • A huge thank you to our dedicated Advisory Panel who have made their selections for the 2018 Queen's Young Leaders. You can find out what they were looking for over on the website (link in bio). Applications now move on to next stage of the selection process #QueensYoungLeaders #youth #leadership
  • The search is over! Applications for the 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders are now closed. A huge thank you to everyone who applied.

So what happens now? Head over to the website to find out (link in bio) #leadership #youth
  • Today is the FINAL day for applications for the last ever #QueensYoungLeaders Awards. So make sure you get yours in! 
Applications are open to those aged 18-29, from a Commonwealth country, who are changing their community. Apply online (link in bio) #TheSearchIsOn #leadership #youth
  • HRH Prince Harry speaks to two of the 2017 Queen's Young Leaders about their projects
  • Time is running out! There's just TWO days left to apply to be one of the 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders

Applications are open to those aged 18-29, from a Commonwealth country, who are changing their community. If you think you have what it takes, apply today (link in bio) #TheSearchIsOn #leadership #youth
  • There are only THREE days to go to apply to be part of #QueensYoungLeaders 2018, so if you’re aged 18 – 29, from a Commonwealth country and changing your community, make sure you head to today. 
Remember - Award winners and highly-commended runners-up receive a year of online learning, mentoring and networking. This support will help you to increase your impact and develop your leadership and communications skills. 
If you think you have what it takes, apply now (link in bio) 
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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.