Majesty The Queen has today presented Douglas Mwangi from Kenya
with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at
Buckingham Palace, London, in honour of the work he is doing to
transform lives in his community.
The Queen was joined
at the Award ceremony by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and
Duchess of Sussex in recognising their success.
The Queen’s Young
Leaders Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year,
celebrates the achievements of some of the most exciting young
change-makers from across the Commonwealth.
This year’s cohort
from 38 Commonwealth countries are finding solutions to global
issues such as climate change, food scarcity, gender-based
violence, mental health, and access to education.
David Beckham OBE, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Nicola Adams OBE, Neelam Gill, Caspar Lee, Tina Daheley, Ore Oduba and Chairman of
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major,
joined Award winners at Buckingham Palace to congratulate them
on their remarkable achievements.
Speaking at the
Awards ceremony, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, who was
recently named a Common-wealth Youth Ambassador said:
“In this rapidly
changing world, it is heartening to meet so many inspiring young
people gathered here today, who have already stepped up as
leaders and improved the lives of so many people across the
“You are the hope
and optimism the world needs and we will all do whatever we can
to support you in it.”
David Beckham OBE
said: “I’m so proud to be
here with the Queen’s Young Leaders tonight.
inspiring to meet these hardworking young people, who continue
to dedicate their time and energy to helping other people live a
stories and the sacrifices they’ve made is a real honour and I
feel very privileged to celebrate with them today.”
Douglas received his
Award for the work he is doing to reduce illiteracy and poverty
in his community after founding Oasis Mathare, which offers
entrepreneurial and IT skills to unemployed young people,
including teenage mothers.
Douglas Mwangi, 27,
said: “It’s such a huge
honour to receive an Award from Her Majesty The Queen for the
work I’m doing at home in Kenya. “It’s been such an
amazing experience being here in the UK and meeting all of the
other Award winners.
“I’ve learnt so much
and I can’t wait to put it all into practice. “Being part of the
Queen’s Young Leaders family is really exciting and I’m looking
forward to seeing what the future now holds.”
As a Queen’s Young
Leader, Douglas has gained access to bespoke mentoring and
training through the University of Cambridge’s Institute of
Continuing Education, designed to develop their leadership
skills further and ensure they are best placed to lead the way
in the future to tackle some of the world’s most pressing
The Rt Hon Sir John
Major KG CH, Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee
“I extend my warmest
congratulations to all the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders. “Together with our
Award Winners from the last three years, they complete a unique,
240-strong cohort of Young Leaders from all across the
“This is such an
invaluable resource for the Commonwealth that The Queen
Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust will be launching a legacy fund,
to ensure that our support and encouragement to our Young
Leaders will continue beyond the lifetime of the Trust.
"Each and every one
of our 240 Young Leaders is a remarkable and exceptional young
person, who I have no doubt will play an important role in
shaping our future world. |It has been an absolute privilege and
delight to get to know them.”
The now complete
Queen’s Young Leaders network forms a unique, dedicated and
powerful group of young people from 53 Commonwealth countries
who will connect, collaborate and change lives together for
years to come.
To further support
them in their future endeavours, a £200,000 Legacy Fund has been
It will be open to all 240 Queen’s Young Leaders and
282 highly commended runners-up to apply for grants that will
help elevate their work and enable them to work together to
tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth.
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