Her Majesty The Queen will present
Douglas Mwangi from Kenya with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special
ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday 26th June.
The Awards recognise the work that
young people from across the Commonwealth are doing to transform lives
in their community and beyond.
Douglas from Nairobi will receive a
Queen’s Young Leaders 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 was selected following a
competitive process involving thousands of applicants across the
Together they join a network of 240
powerful young leaders, from 53 Commonwealth countries, who are driving
change to make the world a better place.
The 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders are
finding solutions to global issues such as climate change, food
scarcity, gender-based violence, mental health, and access to education.
Douglas Mwangi, 27, said: “I am super
excited to set off to London for the Queen’s Young Leaders Residential
Programme this weekend to receive my Award from Her Majesty The Queen.
Mwangi is the founder of Oasis Mathare, a community centre.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity
for me – a boy from Mathare slums – to meet Her Majesty The Queen and get to
interact with all my fellow amazing Queen’s Young Leaders.
“I’m really looking forward to hearing
all about their work and sharing this incredible experience with them.”
The Queen’s Young Leaders Award
winners take part in a year-long leadership course run by the University of
Cambridge and receive bespoke mentoring.
They will visit the UK for a programme
of high-profile networking opportunities, meetings and training designed to help
them develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact.
Later this month, during their time in
the UK, Douglas will visit 10 Downing Street, take part in master classes at the
BBC World Service and the UK Headquarters of Facebook.
Award winners will then meet with the
Commonwealth Secretary-General and High Commissioners from across the
Commonwealth, before receiving their Award from Her Majesty The Queen at
They will also attend workshops at the
University of Cambridge and visit projects that are changing the lives of
vulnerable people in the UK.
Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief
Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:
“Through selfless determination, the
Queen’s Young Leaders of 2018 are dedicating their lives to bring positive
change to those around them.
“Their visit to the UK this June
provides them with a unique opportunity to connect with each other and gain
valuable lessons from experts and leaders from all walks of life which we hope
will help transform the reach of their endeavours for many years to come.
“I am delighted that the work they are
undertaking is being recognised by Her Majesty The Queen and I look forward to
meeting this year’s winners and celebrating the remarkable difference that they
have already made all over the Commonwealth.
“Now that we are in the fourth and
final year of this special programme, we look proudly on the network that is the
Queen’s Young Leaders and feel confident that the future will be driven by their
courage and commitment towards making the world a better place.”
The Queen’s Young Leaders programme
was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in
partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University
of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s
lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.