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A lasting legacy

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme discovered, celebrated and supported exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth for taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform people’s lives.

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Our incredible stories

Be inspired by the stories of the Queen’s Young Leaders who are tackling the challenges facing Commonwealth communities, including issues such as mental health, education, climate change, employment opportunities and gender equality.

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Our reach

240 Young people from across the Commonwealth received their Queen’s Young Leaders Awards from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace

282 Highly Commended Runners-Up have been recognised for the work they are undertaking in their communities

53 Commonwealth countries are connected by Queen’s Young Leaders collaborating to change lives

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As part of the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, a bespoke leadership course called Leading Change was created to provide practical resources and guidance designed to support young people in their leadership journey.

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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 aimed 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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