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J'can Aubrey Stewart to receive Queen's Young Leader's Award

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Jamaican is among several young people from across the Commonwealth that will receive the Queen of Britain's Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday, June 26.

The award recognises the work that young people from across the Commonwealth are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond.

Aubrey Stewart, 24, who hails from Montego Bay, St James will receive a Queen's award for work he is doing to bring about positive change to young people's lives.

The Queen's Young Leaders Group, in a release today, said Stewart was selected following a competitive process involving thousands of applicants across the Commonwealth.

“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 group informed.

It noted that 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.

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.

The group said, during the young leaders' time in the UK, Stewart is expected to 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 The Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

They will also attend workshops at the University of Cambridge and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

“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,” said Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE.

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.


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