Introducing Queen's Young Leaders -
Class of 2018

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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 Programme is now in its fourth and final year and has formed a unique community of 240 influential change-makers, who represent 53 Commonwealth countries.


The Queen’s Young Leader 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 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.


As well as awarding inspirational young people, 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. All our funding has now been allocated and applications for grants are closed.

For more information about the Grants programme, please see our FAQs.


  • Happy #WorldPoetryDay! We spoke to Abrahim Simmonds, co-founder of @jayecan_ , about the importance of the arts. 
JAYECAN creates programmes which use the arts to drive positive change. These include #ArtReach, where volunteers visit children’s homes and rehabilitation centres to provide music, art and drama sessions; and #Herstory, which encourages young women from disadvantaged communities to use the #spokenword and writing to help them to explore their past.

  • Happy #CommonwealthDay! 
We asked some of our #QueensYoungLeaders what being part of The Commonwealth means to them.
  • M.D Hasin Habib works to end child marriage and violence against women. M.D and his team use an educative approach, and through discussion hope to achieve concrete solutions within their community in Bangladesh. Link in our bio.

#ActionAid #Bangladesh #Youthprojects #QueensYoungLeaders #FirestarterInitiative #EndChildMarriage
  • Jasmin and Asma work for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response project which helps refugees in numerous ways, including offering psycho-social & primary health support, and teaching women and adolescent life skills. Link in our bio.

#ActionAid #Bangladesh #Youthprojects #QueensYoungLeaders #FirestarterInitiative #RohingyaRefugeeCrisisResponse
  • ‘We're putting young people at the forefront of change.‘ - Priyangbada is the project manager of ActionAid’s Firestarter Initiative in Bangladesh.

The project provides small grants to innovative youth-led groups and organisations which are running advocacy projects outside Dhaka – in particular those working on gender issues.

#queensyoungleaders #actionaid #youthprojects
  • We are in Bangladesh catching up with our #QueensYoungLeaders grants.
We met a group of young people who are benefiting from the ‘Turning Job Seekers Into Job Creators’ grant with B’Yeah. Through B’Yeah these young people have been provided with business plan consultancy, and access to finance and innovative mentoring models enabling them to start and grow sustainable businesses.
#BYEAH #Entrepreneurs
  • #ICYMI Listen to @emmagannonuk give her top podcasting tips #podcast #ctrlaltdelete #queensyoungleaders
  • On our last day in Jamaica we caught up with Jamaica Youth Business Trust (JYBT). Check today’s story for more. 
JYBT provides loans and mentoring, and also trains participants so they can successfully manage their enterprises.

#QueensYoungLeaders #JYBT
  • We caught up with LGBT group @equalityja to hear more about their amazing work. Check our story for more! 
J-FLAG receives funding from The Queen’s Young Leaders Grants Programme #QueensYoungLeaders #jamaica #lgbt
  • We spent the day at Village Academy in Jamaica which receives funding through the #QueensYoungLeaders grant programme. See more in our story.
  • Check out our story for more! #queensyoungleaders #jayecan
  • #OnThisDay in 2015 the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders were announced! #QueensYoungLeaders
  • Welcome to the family! #QueensYoungLeaders 2018
  • #ICYMI Watch Prince Harry’s special message to this year’s winners. #QueensYoungLeaders #PrinceHarry
  • Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up for 2018! #QueensYoungLeaders
  • The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is delighted to reveal the final ever award winners. Meet its class of 2018 (link in bio)
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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 in 2014 at Buckingham Palace.  The four-year programme, supported by The University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, aims to discover, support and celebrate young people from across the Commonwealth.

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