Queen’s Young Leaders – The journey so far
It has been quite a journey since the search for the very first Queen’s Young Leaders Awards was launched back in July 2014. Hundreds of applications were received from across the Commonwealth and the judging panel was blown away by the amazing work that is being carried out by young people in their communities every single day.
The 60 Award winners were carefully selected by an Advisory Panel of young people, who had each been chosen for their own contribution to their local communities.
In January the Queen’s Young Leaders were contacted to be told that they had won and some of their reactions were priceless.
Since then they have taken part in a series of online learning courses, led by Cambridge University, which has included sessions about leadership and communication. The winners will also be paired up with a mentor who will be able to offer them support and advice about their project.
Next week, after months of anticipation, the group will arrive in London where they will take part in a one-week residential programme. It will begin on Monday when they will meet the Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, visit Twitter UK headquarters and go to the BBC World Service. The exciting day will culminate with a visit to Buckingham Palace where they will collect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen.
The group will then spend two days in Cambridge, taking part in workshops and sessions to improve their leadership, fundraising and networking skills and encourage them to think about the future of their projects.
On Thursday the Queen’s Young Leaders will return to London, where they will visit some of the city’s top businesses to learn more about the way they work. They will then meet some of the young people at Comic Relief-funded projects on Friday.
If you think you have what it takes to become a Queen’s Young Leader of 2016, applications open on 22nd June.