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Young people from 38 countries across the Commonwealth celebrate their Queen’s Young Leaders Award | Coastweek

Coastweek -- Young people from 38 countries across the Commonwealth celebrate their Queen’s Young Leaders Award with guests including Sir John Major, David Beckham OBE, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Nicola Adams OBE, Neelam Gill, Caspar Lee, Tina Daheley and Ore Oduba. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Award winners at final ever Queen’s Young Leaders Awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

Her Majesty, The Queen, presents award to dynamic young person
Douglas Mwangi from Kenya - Dedicated to changing the world!

Coastweek -- Her 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.

Guests including 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 Common-wealth.

“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.

"It’s really inspiring to meet these hardworking young people, who continue to dedicate their time and energy to helping other people live a better life.

“Hearing their 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 issues.

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:

“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 Commonwealth.

“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 created.

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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