Young people from 38 countries across the Commonwealth celebrated 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 also joined the award winners at the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Tuesday.
According to a statement, Her Majesty The Queen presented Marva Langevine from Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
The award was in honour of the work Langevine is doing to transform lives in her community.
The Queen was joined at the Award ceremony by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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 is finding solutions to global issues such as climate change, food scarcity, gender-based violence, mental health, and access to education.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, who was recently named a Commonwealth 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 Commonwealth.
“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.”
Marva Langevine received a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is doing to transform the lives of bereaved, sick and underprivileged children and families in Guyana.
As a Queen’s Young Leader, she has gained access to bespoke mentoring and training through the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.
This is 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.
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Continuing Education, established The Queen’s Young Leaders programme in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee.
It is said to be guided by the values of the Commonwealth Charter with the goal of the four-year programme to enable young people to step up as leaders and improve the lives of people across the Commonwealth.
Each year from 2015 to 2018, exceptional young people have been selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’.
This year’s award winners are aged between 18 and 29 from across the Commonwealth. They are undertaking work to improve lives of people across a diverse range of issues, from supporting people living with mental health problems, helping children to receive a quality education, to promoting gender equality.
As part of the Award, winners receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, provided by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.
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