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J'can Aubrey Stewart among Queen's Young Leaders 2018

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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The Queen's Young Leaders programme today revealed that Aubrey Stewart from Montego Bay, Jamaica has been chosen as one of the final ever Queen's Young Leaders Award winners.
The prestigious awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth and the work they are undertaking to improve lives 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.
Progamme partner The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said Stewart, the founder of Youth Organisation for Upliftment , was chosen in recognition of the work he is doing to support and motivate young people to create positive changes to their lives and those of others in their community and beyond.

He and the other winners from across the Commonwealth will receive their award from Her Majesty The Queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK, next year.
They join a network of 240 award winners described as a unique community of influential change-makers.

“I am proud to have been selected as a Queens Young Leader for Jamaica in the final year of the programme,” Stewart, aged 24, said. “It is truly an honour to have worked with many young people across Jamaica. I look forward to the great things ahead and the many more lives to be reached and impacted. I am also excited to meet the many other youth leaders around the world who continue to do great things in their communities.”

Dr Astrid Bonfield, chief executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said: “In this, the final year of The Queen's Young Leaders programme, once again we have outstanding award winners leading the way in transforming people's lives for the better in every part of the Commonwealth. We congratulate them all for their remarkable achievements.
“Over the coming year the programme will nurture and develop their talents, and equip them to go further in making a lasting change in their communities. I hope they find the experience to be truly life-changing and I'm delighted to welcome today's winners to the now complete network of Queen's Young Leaders.”

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.

The awardees receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a residential programme in the UK, to help them build on the work they are leading in their communities. In tribute to Her Majesty The Queen's lifetime of service, they will continue to connect and collaborate and change lives for years to come.

Stewart is a fomer junior mayor of Montego Bay and it was he who introduced President Barack Obama on his visit to Jamaica in 2015.

He is also a project development and strategic management consultant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Leadership, Strategy and Management from the University of the West Indies, Mona - Western Jamaica Campus

To see a full list of Award winners and highly commended runners up, and to read more about their inspirational stories, please visit www.queensyoungleaders.com.

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