Queen’s Young Leaders Programme awards grants in five Commonwealth countries
A rickshaw garage which is being supported by B’Yeah

Queen’s Young Leaders Programme awards grants in five Commonwealth countries

Today The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme announced grants to 17 organisations across 5 Commonwealth countries, to enable them to deliver life-changing work for young people.

Each one of the supported projects in Bangladesh, Jamaica, Solomon Islands, the UK and Zambia is improving the lives of young people in their country, by providing opportunities to learn new skills, enter employment and giving them a voice in their communities.

The following organisations, which will be introduced in greater detail in the coming weeks, have received a Queen’s Young Leaders Grant:


Bangladesh Youth Enterprise Advice & Helpcenter (B’Yeah) – This  programme will work to support underprivileged young entrepreneurs to start and grow sustainable businesses

ActionAid Bangladesh – This organisation will provide small grants to innovative youth-led clubs which are running projects outside Dhaka.


Sandals Foundation – A new centre will help young people from rural areas of Jamaica to gain a basic high school certificate and hands-on training in agriculture and related services, with a focus on new technology.

Jamaica Youth Business Trust – This programme will help young farmers turn good ideas into good business.

Digicel Foundation – Youth-led groups will be provided with training and funds to run social enterprises.

J-FLAG – This project will help support young people in Jamaica who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

Solomon Islands

Youth@Work (Run by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community) – A national initiative for unemployed youth and early school leavers which provides training and employment opportunities.

Oxfam Australia – The Statim Faia Programme will use small grants to work with youth groups to give them the opportunity to receive training, mentoring and funding to turn their ideas into projects for change.

United Kingdom

UpRising - Will offer an employment programme and peer-led mentoring to help young people into employment.

Cwmbran Centre for Young People - The Progression Project will support marginalised and disadvantaged young people to progress into education, training, volunteering and employment.

Who Cares? Scotland - A bespoke training and employability programme to support young people who have been in care.

Media Trust - Transforming Hidden Talent will support young people in London, Birmingham and Manchester to develop sustainable careers.

Scottish National Council of YMCAs - This project will support young people to develop the skills to move into long-term employment from short-term Government employment or training programmes.

NYAS (in partnership with Voices From Care) - The Peering Ahead programme will deliver peer-led mentoring and support to young people in care and care leavers, helping them to enter employment whilst receiving advice, advocacy, counselling and other support.


BongoHive Innovations Limited - Bongohive, a youth-led organisation, will provide a hub with office space, internet and practical business support for those starting businesses.

Restless Development Zambia and BBC Media Action - This project trains youth to help communities see what young people can do. They use radio shows, live debates and festivals to encourage people to talk about issues important to youth.

ActionAid Zambia – Identifies youth organisations that are changing lives and brings them together to share experiences and learning and improve their work as a result.

The funding will enable the organisations to provide innovative youth led opportunities for young people to learn new skills, secure employment and go on to make lasting change to their own lives and the lives of others in their communities.

Organisations in Jamaica, Bangladesh, Zambia, UK, and Solomon Islands were invited by the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme to apply for a Queen’s Young Leaders grant following a rigorous assessment process. An advisory panel made up of inspiring and influential young people from  across the Commonwealth helped in the selection of grants to those projects that could clearly demonstrate the positive impact they have in local communities.

A positive legacy is all about demonstrating change and forward thinking. These incredible organisations receiving The Queen’s Young Leaders grants clearly demonstrate the work of young people contributing to improving society both nationally and globally.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Over the next three years, at a time when the Commonwealth is home to the largest generation of young people ever in its history, The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will support thousands of young people to make their visions of a better society a reality. Comprising two parts, it will create a lasting legacy for the Queen through:

  • Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives
  • An Awards scheme to recognise the achievements of 240 inspirational young people and provide support enabling them to take up leadership roles and inspire future leaders

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and is run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s contribution to the Commonwealth.

For more information contact:

Marcie Shaoul at Marcie.Shaoul@qejubileetrust.org or on 020 3358 3384

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