What is the Queen’s Young Leaders programme?

19th June 2017

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme discovers, celebrates and supports exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth.

It was established in 2014 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. It began with a search to find 60 exceptional young people to receive Queen’s Young Leaders Awards. Hundreds of applications flooded in from incredible young people all dedicated to making lasting change in their community and beyond.

The programme is now in its third year and the 2017 Award winners, will be honoured by Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 29th June. All of the amazing winners are working in their communities to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues from tackling bullying in schools, to preserving the environment, to promoting gender equality.

This year’s winners include two exceptional young people from the United Kingdom - Usman Ali and Alex Holmes. Usman Ali, is 25 years old from Glasgow, and has been chosen in recognition of his work to improve employment opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and 29-year-old Alex Holmes from Hertfordshire, has been acknowledged for his commitment to ending bullying in schools. They will join the other winners from across the Commonwealth in the UK for a programme of inspiring meetings, networking opportunities and bespoke training and mentoring, all designed to help them to develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact to transform people’s lives.

To find out more about the Queen’s Young Leaders programme and details of all this year’s Award winners visit queensyoungleaders.com.

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