Calling all mentors
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is looking for experts in their field to mentor the next generation of young leaders from across the Commonwealth.
Leading Change, an exclusive course for the Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners, which is led by the University of Cambridge, is recruiting new mentors to help young leaders develop their social, environmental and cultural projects.
The voluntary role will connect mentors to a unique global network of experts in areas including enterprise, investment, education and development. Mentors also receive a free coaching course provided by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.
Mentoring takes place between June and December each year. To apply visit here before 28th February.
Current mentors have described mentoring Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners from 2015 as “fulfilling”, “an absolute privilege” and “an experience filled with hope, aspiration, and love for humanity.”
Here Dr Rosmond Adams, a leading doctor and professor in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Queen’s Young Leaders Award winner Nicole Nation, a medical student and disability activist from Jamaica who has glaucoma, talk about their experiences of the mentorship scheme.
Dr Rosmond Adams
“When I first contacted Nicole, I could hear passion in her voice. She was excited to share with me her stories and was also honoured to be part of the Queen’s Young Leader Programme. Nicole worked me through her struggles, her achievements and her plans.
“Nicole decided to study medicine not only to save lives, as most people would say, but also to make a difference in the lives of others that are affected by disabilities.
“Day after day she would communicate with me to tell me of her ideas and her projects. She considers disabilities as a barrier but certainly not a stop sign. Even with disabilities and its struggles one can achieve what they set out to do.
“Being a mentor to Nicole was not just telling her what to do but it was a learning experience. It was an experience filled with hope, aspiration, and love for humanity especially for those who suffer from disabilities.”
“I thought it was great that Dr Adams was in the medical profession, as his advice would not be confined to the projects I wanted to complete, but also cover how best to navigate my way through medicine.
“There were several mechanisms in place to ensure we did what we said we were going to do. A lot of the goals that I had in mind have since been achieved. Dr Adams not only matched, but fuelled my passion. So that was essential in ensuring that I kept the momentum going.
“I think Dr Adams was able to break down my dreams into bite-size pieces. I recall mentioning I would love to have a disability clinic here in Jamaica. I was so excited. Dr Adams reminded me that this seemed more of a long-term goal – something that I could achieve when I was more advanced in my career.
“However, for the interim, he pointed out simple possible actions – such as building a wheelchair ramp on a current clinic, with the aim of slowly transforming it into what I had envisioned.”