The Queen’s Young Leaders Program is a new initiative by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. One January 13th, they announced the names of the first 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who are being recognized as exceptional leaders in their community. These 60 young people are the first ever to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
Over the next four years, the program will support thousands of young people. In addition to the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, the program will provide grants to support organizations in selected countries across the Commonwealth, which work with young people to transform their lives.
The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen in June, and is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Program, celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “The leadership of talented young people in all spheres of life can transform communities and societies for the better. What the 60 young people announced today have achieved is remarkable and their plans for the future are truly inspiring. The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is poised to unlock the potential of this diverse and talented group of young people and we are delighted to be supporting them to go further and achieve more.”
Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people will be selected to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that the Queen served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee.
As part of the award, winners will receive mentoring and online learning from the University of Cambridge. They will also attend a week-long residential program in the UK in June 2015 when they will receive their awards at Buckingham Palace from Queen Elizabeth II.