Queen’s Young Leaders help others to develop on World Youth Skills Day

Jul 15, 2016
Maha Elley

The number of unemployed young people around the world reached 74.5 million in 2013, according to the United Nations. The vast majority live in developing countries and are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults.

World Youth Skills Day aims to promote skills development as a means of enabling young people to make a smooth transition to work.

This is an issue that is important to a number of the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders, who are working to ensure other young people have the opportunity to develop their skills. Read more about their projects:

Ashleigh Porter-Exley, UK

Ashleigh took up an apprenticeship in accountancy at age 16 and now promotes the benefits of apprenticeships in schools and colleges. She is an ambassador of the National Enterprise Challenge as well as IKIC, a local scheme which promotes enterprising skills to young people.

Kartik Sawhney, India

Although he was born blind, Kartik excelled in science and technology at school, but faced challenges in accessing education. After taking up a scholarship at Stanford University in the USA Kartik founded Project STEMAccess, which offers hands-on science workshops in India.

Regis Burton, Antigua

Regis is the founder of Nolan Hue Inc., which focuses on the professional development of young people. The organisation offers assistance in interview techniques and public speaking and provides college scholarships to promising students.

Maletsabisa Molapo, Lesotho

Maletsabisa led the team that founded Her Chance to Be Foundation, an organisation committed to improving the lives of women and girls in Lesotho. The foundation supports girls from rural areas to go to Lesotho’s top schools with scholarships and mentoring.

Seini Fisi’lhoi, Papua New Guinea

Seini volunteers for Leadership PNG, which provides learning programmes for young leaders, and the Advancing PNG Women Leaders Network, which supports women in management. She has represented women on a number of panels, speaking on the topics of mentoring and leadership.

If you, or someone you know is doing exceptional work in your community, applications are open for the Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017. Visit www.queensyoungleaders.com/apply-now

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