The Solomon Islands projects that are changing local communities

Mar 14, 2016


During The Queen’s Young Leaders Grants Week we are profiling the projects that have received a grant from the programme to support their work with young people.

Today we are focusing on the Solomon Islands, where two projects were chosen to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Programme Grant: Oxfam Australia’s Firestarter Initiative and The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Youth@Work initiative. Both of the projects are working to transform the lives of young people.

Oxfam’s Firestarter initiative will use small grants to work with youth groups who may never have had the opportunity to receive training, mentoring and funding to turn their ideas into projects that change their communities.

The Youth@Work initiative is the only national initiative for unemployed youth and early school leavers.


Interns learning in ICT workshop

Interns learning in ICT workshop

It provides training and employment opportunities for young people in Honiara and selected provinces. The organisation will also be looking at developing their models in Niue and Vanuatu to spread the work across the Pacific Islands.

“These organisations exemplify exactly what The Queen’s Young Leader’s Programme stands for,” Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive at The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said. “They are pioneering opportunities for young people to learn new skills, enter employment and start their own businesses and giving them a genuine voice in their community. They are an excellent example of how young people can be at the heart of initiatives which enrich the lives of people within the Commonwealth.”

Find out more about The Queen’s Young Leaders Grants programme here.

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