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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 network of Queen’s Young Leaders is now complete forming a unique community of 240 influential change-makers, who represent 53 Commonwealth countries.


The Queen’s Young Leaders 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 received a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a Residential Programme in the UK during which they collected their Award from Her Majesty The Queen. With this support, Award winners are now continuing and developing the amazing work they are undertaking in their communities.


As well as awarding inspiring young people, Queen’s Young Leaders Grants have been 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.


  • A very happy birthday to Her Majesty The Queen from the #QueensYoungLeaders of the Commonwealth 🎈 ⁣
#QueensBirthday #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty
  • Like 2016 winner Seini, from Papua New Guinea, many of the #QueensYoungLeaders say that winning their Award has enabled them to have a voice in their community and to raise awareness of the issues they champion ⁣🙌
#QYLLegacy #YoungPeople
  • Suhani is 2017 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner and founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation, a network of young women entrepreneurs living in slum communities who produce low-cost, high-quality hygiene products to tackle the menstruation challenges in India.⁣⁣⁣
The foundation reaches over 10,000 women a month and employs women from urban slums in Mumbai to manufacture and sell affordable sanitary pads back into their communities working to improve menstrual hygiene, provide stable employment and build a trusted network.⁣⁣⁣
#WorldHealthDay #HealthForAll #QYLLegacy
  • 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Aditya is developing mobile health solutions to help reduce maternal and child mortality in areas with limited health resources. He is the co-creator of CareMother, a mobile and online platform that connects health workers to gynaecologists and empowers them to carry out regular doorstep antenatal check-ups to pregnant women in any setting.⁣
The app enables women to monitor their pregnancy, health workers to early identify any potential or emerging high-risk complications and gynaecologists to schedule timely interventions or follow ups. Aditya and his team have worked with over 15 organisations and provided affordable care to more than 30,000 pregnant women in over 800 villages in India, Bangladesh and Kenya.⁣
#WorldHealthDay #HealthForAll #QYLLegacy
  • The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall met with #QueensYoungLeaders Javon Liburd and Dion Browne as part of their visit to St. Kitts and Nevis last week.⁣
The Prince of Wales said: “We have heard about so many wonderful people doing marvellous things in their communities”⁣
Watch our Instagram story to find out more 👆
#RoyalVisitStKitts #QYLLegacy
  • This #WorldOptometryDay we’re celebrating the incredible work of #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Erna.⁣
Erna is passionate about addressing the lack of eye-care professionals in Pacific countries. She teaches essential eye care to nurses so that they can return to their home countries and make a difference in reducing visual impairment and blindness.⁣
Erna also works to encourage early detection of eye problems and promotes the need for affordable eye care. In Samoa, free eye examinations are now available for under-16s and over-65s, with free glasses for underprivileged children and more affordable glasses for adults.⁣
Erna said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders Award has provided me with the recognition I needed to make a bigger impact on my community by connecting me with organisations and people who can help my work. It helped validate that work and brought attention to the importance of eye care in general.”
  • This #WorldPoetryDay we’re celebrating #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner and Poet Jean-Claude from Trinidad and Tobago.⁣
Jean-Claude founded @2CentsMovement, a youth-led organisation working in schools and universities in the Caribbean to encourage young people to discuss social issues through spoken-word poetry.⁣
This year, @2CentsMovement will focus on environmental responsibility among young people and will lead poetry workshops and performances at over 80 primary and secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago.⁣
Jean-Claude says: “The most consistent feedback we’ve received from teachers is how engaged students were in our spoken word shows compared to traditional presentations. Through performance, students were more interested in listening thus able to absorb more about the issue as well as be inspired to act through the passion of the poets."⁣
#Poetry #Poems #PoetryDay #TrinidadAndTobago #YoungPeople
  • On #InternationalWomensDay we want to celebrate the female #QueensYoungLeaders who are changing their communities. Through their work in health, education, tech, the environment, sport & farming, they're championing gender equality and we're proud of them 🙌⁣
#IWD #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay2019 #BalanceforBetter
  • Tomorrow is International Women's Day and we are proud of the work one of 2018's #QueensYoungLeaders Ishita is doing with her organisation Mom’s The Word (MTW) in Canada. 
The group provides free prenatal workshops for pregnant women who have a low income or who are homeless, to fight ill-health, illiteracy, maternal poverty and infant morbidity. Since it began in 2016, MTW has raised $100,000 and hosted more than 60 workshops for 750 women.

#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter
  • Ahead of International Women's Day we want to draw attention to one of the 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders Zaiba, who works to promote equality in society and reduce violence against women in Bangladesh. Her projects include creating self-defence classes for women. 
#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter
  • In the lead up to International Women's Day on Friday, we'll be throwing the spotlight on some of our amazing female #QueensYoungLeaders who are leading the way in gender equality in their communities. 
First up is Antonia, a 2018 Award winner from Cyprus, who volunteers for One Woman At A Time which helps abused women in Cyprus by advising them on their legal rights.

#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter
  • On #InternationalStandUptoBullyingDay we are proud of the work #QueensYoungLeaders @abcholmes is doing. Thanks to the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme he created for @antibullyingpro more than 20,000 young people have been trained to support each other in their schools
  • On #InternationalStandUptoBullyingDay we would like to recognise the work of Ashleigh, one of the 2017 #QueensYoungLeaders alumni. 
Ashleigh, is the co-founder and chairperson of @sticksnstonesnz (SnS), which focuses on preventing cyber-bullying and aggressive online behaviour. SnS has more than 300 young volunteers and plans to expand to cover every school in New Zealand. 
Here's what Ashleigh has to say about being a Queen's Young Leader...
  • The #QueensYoungLeaders grants support projects which are improving the lives of young people in their country, by providing opportunities to learn new skills and enter employment, as well as giving them a voice in their communities. 
After attending @ats_hq 
Likumbi explains what a difference having one of the grants has made to @BongoHive, Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub.
  • The #QueensYoungLeaders grantees are continuing to do amazing work in their communities. Since receiving its grant, @bongohive, Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub, has been able to support more than 470 start-ups.

As well as sharing their expertise locally, staff from the organisation recently attended @ats_hq to deliver a workshop to budding entrepreneurs, offering practical advice about how to build and grow a start-up in Africa.

Some of the African Queen's Young Leaders alumni were also lucky to attend the event in Rwanda.
  • We’re excited to be partnering with @ats_hq at their event in Rwanda this week which is exploring the latest trends, connecting digital leaders, tech corporates, banks, investors, start-ups and leading tech ventures from across Africa.

Queen’s Young Leader grantee @bongohive will condense their “Discover” and “Launch” startup support programmes into a four-hour workshop, which will provide entrepreneurs at the summit with practical advice on how they can build and grow their own startups.

#Technology #Entrepreneurship #QueensYoungLeaders #AfricaTechSummit
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Who We Are

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and The University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, launched The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in 2014 at Buckingham Palace.  The four-year programme aims to discover, support and celebrate young people from across the Commonwealth.

It has helped transform the lives of young people through awards to individuals who are leaders in their communities and grants to youth-led and focused organisations.