The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners of 2017 announced
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is delighted to reveal that 60 young people from across the Commonwealth have been selected to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award in 2017.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives. Now in its third and penultimate year, the 60 young people announced as winners become part of the growing Queen’s Young Leaders community, a unique network of influential young change-makers who are coming together and supported by the Trust and its partners to become an even greater force for good.
This year, Award winners are leading projects tackling global issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality. They will receive their Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony in London next year.
To mark announcement on behalf of The Queen, His Royal Highness Prince Harry offered his congratulations to all 60 winners at a spectacular gala concert to celebrate Barbados’ 50 years of Independence. His Royal Highness also met with Jamilla Sealy, the Queen’s Young Leader winner from Barbados who is being awarded for the work she is undertaking to protect the environment.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by the Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Each year for four years, 60 Queen’s Young Leaders receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a week-long residential programme in London, to empower them to build on the work they are leading in their communities which is changing the lives of others for the better.
Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:
We are delighted that these incredible young people have been selected as Queen’s Young Leaders, and wish our warmest congratulations to each and every one of them. The Queen’s Young Leaders Award is designed to inspire and nurture the talent of exceptional young people from all over the Commonwealth, so that they can create and lead others towards securing positive changes in communities. The work being undertaken by the latest cohort of Queen’s Young Leaders is addressing some of the most crucial issues facing the Commonwealth today. We cannot wait to see how their impressive endeavours grow and develop over the course of the year to come and beyond.
To see a full list of Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, and read more about their stories please visit www.queensyoungleaders.com.