Introducing Yi Jun, Bhagya and Ronelle
Each week we are introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities. Take a look at last weeks post featuring Mahnoor Syed from Pakistan, and Tian Sern Oon from Singapore.
This week we are getting to know Yi Jun Mock from Singapore, Bhagya Wijayawardane from Sri Lanka, and Ronelle King from Barbados.
Yi Jun from Singapore
Yi Jun is giving young people the help and encouragement they need to pursue their ambitions in vocational areas of work. He co-founded Advisory, an online initiative aimed at providing young Singaporeans with the opportunity to learn about different career options.
The service provides users with access to resources, and interviews with professionals from a range of sectors to help them plan their future careers. Yi Jun also served on the National Youth Council’s Young ChangeMakers (YCM) Grant Panel, to assess and mentor youth teams applying for funding for community improvement projects. While working with YCM, he acted as leader of Project Keep-In-Touch, which focused on building awareness of urban poverty in Singapore. Together with his team, they raised $52,000 in 16 weeks, which went towards projects to help people living in disadvantaged areas.
Yi Jun also serves as Project Leader (Networks) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth, where he works to engage youth globally with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Bhagya from Sri Lanka
The company sells products from space-saving vertical gardens to hydroponics, which make it possible to grow plants without soil. Most of the products are made using upcycled materials by people living in rural communities. Bhagya and her team run a community centre to teach organic vegetable gardening and provide seed starting and composting. She also delivers programmes in schools and youth clubs to teach young people about the importance of fresh produce and provides low-income families with the resources needed to grow food at home for a reasonable price.
Ronelle from Barbados
She was the initiator of the social media movement #lifeinleggings, an online hashtag that aims to dispel the myth that only certain types of women who dress in a particular way are harassed. It soon went viral. Through it, women around the world were encouraged to speak out online about their experiences of harassment. Following this success, Ronelle formed the grassroots organisation Life In Leggings: Caribbean Alliance Against Gender-based Violence Through Education, Empowerment and Community Outreach. She also organised the Reclaim Our Streets: Women’s Solidarity March which took place in Barbados and six other Caribbean countries, in order to raise awareness about sexual abuse and how to prevent it.