A Lasting Legacy

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THE QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME DISCOVERS, CELEBRATES AND SUPPORTS EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH, LEAVING A LASTING LEGACY FOR HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.

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.

Awards

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.

Grants

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.

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  • Today marks 1 year since the final cohort of #QueensYoungLeaders were presented with their awards by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace 🏆
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The now complete network of 240 influential change-makers are continuing the amazing work they are undertaking in their communities 🙌⁣
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Head to IGTV to watch the 2018 highlights 👆⁣
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#QYLLegacy #Throwback #BuckinghamPalace #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers
  • Today we’re celebrating ​International Women in Engineering Day by highlighting the incredible female #QueensYoungLeaders who are not only working in engineering, but also support other women to do the same 🎉 ➡️2017 award winner Aditi from South Africa is a civil engineer & managing director of @_WomEng, a social enterprise working to close the skills & gender gap in engineering. ➡️2018 award winner Sela is the founder & teacher on Zambia’s first robotics development team & explores how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can help solve some of the challenges faced by her country ➡️2018 award Alexia is founder and CEO of @girlbossnz which supports women in New Zealand to become leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering & maths (STEM). #InternationalWomenInEngineeringDay #INWED19 #Engineering #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers
  • Virginia received a #QueensYoungLeaders Award in 2017 for her work to end cultural & social practices that undervalue young women in Malawi. ⁣
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As the founder of Girls Arise for Change, Virginia works with community members across Malawi to form educational & support structures for girls who are at risk of early marriages, sexual exploitation & child labour.⁣
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To further support her work, Virginia received a #QueensYoungLeaders Legacy Fund grant which will help to elevate the work of Girls Arise for Change & empower more young girls & women. ⁣
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With the support of the grants, projects like Girls Arise for Change, initiated by #QueensYoungLeaders will continue working towards finding solutions to global issues. Discover more about the Legacy Fund grants by clicking the link in our bio ⁣
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Empowering #Community #Education
  • 2015 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Caren founded the Sisari Women initiative group to support & educate women on sexual & reproductive health in rural Kenya by creating a safe environment for girls to share their experiences.⁣
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Caren is one of the #QueensYoungLeaders who has received a Legacy Fund grant which will support a new project to discourage & stop female genital mutilation (FGM) practices, as well as educate more young women on their rights.⁣
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With the Queen’s Young Leaders network now complete, the grants will help to elevate their work so that they can continue to transform their communities. Find out more about the Legacy Fund grants by clicking the link in our bio ⁣
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Empowering #Community #Education
  • Today we’re celebrating #TroppingTheColour 🎉 created by @qejubileetrust as a 4-year initiative, the #QueensYoungLeaders Programme is now complete, forming a unique community of 240 influential change-makers, who represent 53 Commonwealth countries 🌎⁣
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As well as awards, the #QueensYoungLeaders programme has also given grants to youth-led & youth-focused organisations 🌿⁣
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To showcase the Trust’s achievements to date, @RoyalFamily created a timeline which shows the history of the Trust’s work including the achievements of the #QueensYoungLeaders. A link to the timeline can be found in our bio ⬆️⁣
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#TroppingTheColour #TheQueensBirthday #QueensBirthday #RoyalFamily #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers #Commonwealth
  • 2018 highly commended runner-up Michael from Kenya received a #QueensYoungLeaders Legacy Fund grant to support his project Focus Wise which aims to fight hunger & poverty through teaching improved farming methods 🌾
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The grant will enable Focus Wise to support 300 youth farmers in Eastern & Northern Kenya through training them in cassava farming & crop management, as well as introducing them to local buyers.
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Created to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the #QueensYoungLeaders, the Legacy Fund will help recipients like Michael build on the life-changing work they are delivering in their communities around the #Commonwealth⁣⁣ 🌎
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Empowering #Farming #Community
  • On #WorldEnvironmentDay we want to highlight the amazing work of the #QueensYoungLeaders who are working to #BeatAirPollution, raise awareness on #ClimateChange, & protect the environment 🌎
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Award winners Khairunnisa, Jamilla, Zainab, Sajid Angelique & Abdikadir are all working to educate others about the importance of protecting the environment & promoting more ecological ways of living 🌳
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#WorldEnvironmentDay2019 #Environment #YoungLeaders #YoungChangeMakers #Empowerment #Community #Commonwealth
  • This #PrideMonth we’re celebrating the #QueensYoungLeaders who are championing diversity & raising awareness of the issues facing LGBTQ+ communities.⁣
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2017 #QueensYoungLeader Award winner Michael from Grenada is working with @grenchap, a sexual reproductive & health rights organisation which promotes sexual health & human rights within LGBTQ communities.⁣
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Michael is also one of the #QueensYoungLeaders who received a Legacy Fund grant which will allow @grenchap to implement a project to target LGBTQ+ communities, sex workers & people living with HIV, with a focus on an outreach programme to increase HIV testing & sexual health awareness.⁣
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With the network now complete, the Legacy Fund will allow the #QueensYoungLeaders to continue their life-changing work. Click the link in our bio to find out more ⬆️⁣
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#PrideMonth #PrideMonth2019 #Pride #LGBTQ #YoungChangemakers #YoungLedaers #QYLLegacy
  • 2018 #QueensYoungLeadersAward winner Leanne founded the The Armitage Foundation to support students from under-represented backgrounds to pursue a career in medicine by providing them with the confidence, skills, and mentorship required to help increase their chances of becoming successful medical applicants.⁣
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Leanne is also one of the #QueensYoungLeaders who received a Legacy Fund grant which will enable The Armitage Foundation to reach more young people by developing new courses and mentoring for students & training additional volunteers.⁣
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With the #QueensYoungLeaders network now complete, the grants come at an exciting point in the Queen’s Young Leaders’ journey and will help them continue their life-changing work.⁣
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Head to IGTV to hear more about Leanne’s amazing work ⬆️🎥
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Medicine #Empowering
  • The Legacy Fund was created to celebrate the remarkable achievements of #QueensYoungLeaders & will help recipients build on the life-changing work they are delivering in their communities around the #Commonwealth.⁣⁣
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2018 award winner Alimatu (photographed right) from Ghana is one of the #QueensYoungLeaders who received a Legacy Fund grant to support her project CowTribe – an online platform that provides animal health services to rural livestock farmers.⁣⁣
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The service aims to reduce livestock mortality & increase farm productivity & income by linking partners with veterinary services quickly & easily through a simple booking app, as well as providing vaccination reminders, outbreak alerts & animal husbandry management advice.⁣⁣
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The grant will enable CowTribe to pilot their project amongst rural female with the aim of implementing the model in several communities across the country.⁣⁣
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Read more about the Legacy Fund in the link in our bio ➡️⁣
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#QueensYoungLeaders #QYLLegacy #Commonwealth #YoungLeaders #YoungChangemakers #Community #Africa
  • This #DementiaActionWeek we want to highlight the work of 2017 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Rianna who established Dominica Dementia to support families who have a relation living with the condition.⁣⁣
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Dominica Dementia holds support groups, provides financial assistance to families & works to educate the wider community about dementia⁣⁣
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Rianna also met Olympic athlete @gomofarah at Buckingham Palace on the day that she collected her award Her Majesty The Queen.⁣⁣
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Head to our IGTV channel to learn more about Rianna’s work 🎥⁣
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#DAW2019 #DementiaActionWeek
  • 2017 Award winner Matthew from Trinidad & Tobago is committed to improving mental health in his community. He works on the Safe Space programme, which offers peer support and group therapy sessions at the University of The West Indies.⁣
Matthew also co-founded Yellow Pebble, a youth and mental health organisation which provides guidance to clinical psychology students.⁣
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In 2017, Matthew was one of six #QueensYoungLeaders who spoke with HM The Queen about how the impact the award has had on his work and life.⁣
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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters
  • 2018 Award winner Hunter & co-founder of @mancave is one of the #QueensYoungLeaders who received a Legacy Fund grant to support his work to help boys & men with their mental health. @themancave_aus works with schools, teachers, parents & community groups to deliver workshops, camps & presentations that explore healthy masculinity, positive mental health, respectful relationships & gender equality.⁣
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With the support of the grant, @themancave_aus will train a new group of volunteer male facilitators to allow the programme to reach more men living in rural communities, support them with their mental health, and create more positive, male role models.⁣
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Created to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the now complete network #QueensYoungLeaders, the Legacy Fund will allow recipients to continue the amazing work they are undertaking in their communities. Click the link in our bio to find out more.⁣
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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters
  • 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Ezekiel from New Zealand set up TuKotahi, a peer-support programme which offers information to young people about mental health services in their local area.⁣
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The 2019 theme for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is #BodyImage, which is something Ezekiel focuses on in his work through encouraging conversations and helping young people to feel confident within themselves.⁣
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Ezekiel said: “the most rewarding part of my job is seeing the spark in the eyes of young people when they finally believe in themselves and their dreams.”⁣
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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters
  • The theme for this year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is #BodyImage. 2018 #QueensYoungLeaders Award winner Jodie created @themindmattersvg to teach people aged 10-50 in her local community about the importance of good mental health. As part of this, Jodie teaches self-care techniques to improve people’s body image and encourages conversations to prevent the onset of further mental health conditions. ⁣
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Since being awarded a #QueensYoungLeader Jodie has become the Saint Vincent & The Grenadines representative of the Global Mental Health Movement Peer Network and has given presentations to young people on how activities such as art therapy and sports sessions can help improve mental health.⁣
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#BeBodyKind #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #MHAW19 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters
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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.

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