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The Queen’s Young Leader Award aims to recognise exceptional people aged 18-29, 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.

Applications are now closed for 2014 and will re-open in June each year until 2018


As well as awarding inspirational young leaders, 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.

Find out if you’re eligible for a grant by completing the eligibility checker here.


The winners will be announced on our website on 13 January 2015.



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The Queen’s Young Leaders Advisory Panel

Hayley Gillies – Advisory Panellist from UK

Harun Asif – Advisory Panellist from UK

Buumba Malambo – Advisory Panellist from Zambia

Dipti Kumar – Advisory Panellist from Malaysia

Hajira Khan – Advisory Panellist from Pakistan

Darwin Bernardo – Advisory Panellist from UK

Dalisu Waiyaki Jwara – Advisory Panellist from South Africa

Wangu Mureithi – Advisory Panellist from UK

Paulini Turagabeci – Advisory Panellist from Fiji

Aaron Hape – Advisory Panellist from New Zealand

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Case Studies

Across the Commonwealth, there are remarkable young people overcoming great challenges in their lives to create a better future for themselves and for others. Here are some of their stories.

  • Sarita

    Sarita, aged 21


    Sarita, 21


    Sarita was 16 when her father died, leaving her to look after her mother and seven siblings in the Mumbai slums, where girls often leave education and marry young. Luckily, she discovered Magic Bus, a project which uses football to teach children living in the slums vital life-skills.

    Now she is one of their mentors, giving important advice and has organised a rally highlighting the concern of child marriage, as well as finishing her own education. Many parents sent daughters to Magic Bus, and some married girls joined schools. She says, “Investing in young people like me will give my generation a step forward. Then those that come after us can take even more steps and make a bigger difference.”

  • May

    May, aged 18

    United Kingdom

    May, 18

    United Kingdom

    Whilst some celebrate their 15th birthday with a party and cake, May spent hers in a psychiatric unit.

    From just 8 years old, May had unhappy thoughts, grew suicidal and eventually she was diagnosed with depression.

    With her mum’s support she returned to school and began recovery but she was shocked to find no online resources to help her help herself.

    So May started her own website called ‘It’s Ok Campaign’, a space to ask questions, share information and challenge stigma around mental health. Today, it has over 20,000 visitors and is accessed worldwide by young people.

    She says, “I feel like it’s my responsibility to make a safe place on the internet that tells other young people that they are not alone.”

  • Samuel

    Samuel, aged 22


    Samuel, 22


    SamueI grew up in the slums of Mathare in Nairobi. School was crowded and living without electricity at home, it was hard to study at night.

    Aged 11, Samuel joined a youth sports association which uses football to help build young people’s personal and practical skills, as well as running a library to encourage education. It gave him a safe place to study.

    Samuel’s hard work earned him a scholarship to pay for school fees, uniform and books, a relief for his struggling parents. After achieving a university place to study economics, he now helps other children in his community get an education through mentoring and volunteering in the library. He is an inspiration to the young people where he lives.

  • Magreth

    Magreth, aged 20


    Magreth, 20


    When Magreth was a young girl, she dreamt of being a lawyer. But that future was taken away when her father arranged her marriage to a much older man and she moved away.

    Magreth’s husband beat her, keeping her locked in their house, even during pregnancy. She was terrified of him. She managed to escape and with her mother’s help found the Children’s Dignity Forum. The project helps girls resist forced marriage and early motherhood and instead complete education and get a job.

    Today she is one of their peer educators and has helped over 500 girls to understand their rights. With the Forum’s support, she has even returned to school, making her dream of becoming a lawyer much more like a reality.

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 on 9th July at Buckingham Palace.