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Her Majesty The Queen set to honour inspiring young person from Sierra Leone dedicated to changing lives PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 04 December 2017 19:08

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme is today delighted to reveal that Brima Manso Bangura from Sierra Leone has been chosen as one of the final ever Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners in recognition of the lead he is taking in his community to change lives.

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.

Brima will now join the Queen’s Young Leaders network of 240 Award winners, a unique community of influential change-makers, who represent all 52 Commonwealth countries. The winners announced today will receive their Award from Her Majesty The Queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK, next year.

Brima from Freetown, Sierra Leone has been chosen in recognition of the work he is doing to solve problems through his creative entrepreneurship in his community and beyond.

Brima Manso Bangura, aged 20, said: “I am honoured to have been chosen to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award – it’s such a pleasure to be part of this group of young passionate individuals who are making a lasting impact in their communities. I am really excited to see what the year ahead will bring, and looking forward to meeting the other Award winners to learn more about their amazing work."

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, 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 Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners 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. They join a now complete network of Award winners and, in tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime of Service, will continue to connect and collaborate and change lives for years to come.

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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Notes to editors

 

Queen’s Young Leaders on social media

 

Twitter: @queensleaders
Instagram: @queensyoungleaders

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Hashtag: #QueensYoungLeaders

 

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme

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. Guided by the values of the Commonwealth Charter, the goal of the programme is to enable young people to step up as leaders and improve the lives of people across the Commonwealth.

 

Award details

Each year from 2015 to 2018, exceptional young people will be 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 will receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, provided by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education. Award winners will attend a residential programme in the UK in June, when they will receive their Award at Buckingham Palace from Her Majesty The Queen.

 

Criteria to win an award:

  • Nominees will have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and will show evidence of their achievements
  • Nominees will be aged between 18 and 29 for the year of the Award and be citizens of a Commonwealth country
  • Nominees will demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals
  • All nominees will need to be supported by a suitable referee

 

The Partners

 

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation, established in 2012, to mark and celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. The Trust has received donations from governments, corporate partners, trusts, foundations, community groups and individuals from across the Commonwealth, and its programmes work in alliance towards eliminating avoidable blindness and to empower a new generation of young leaders. The Trust’s aim is to leave a lasting legacy, owned by the whole Commonwealth, to honour Her Majesty The Queen.

For more information, please visit: www.jubileetribute.org

 

Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a UK charity which aims to create a just world, free from poverty - where everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people both at home in the UK and across the world. For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com
Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

Royal Commonwealth Society

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), founded in 1868, is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world. Working through a range of educational, civil society, business and governmental networks, the RCS addresses issues that matter to the Commonwealth citizens.

For more information, please visit: www.thercs.org

 

The University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education

ICE was founded in 1873 and offers a wide range of part-time and short courses for adults, covering topics from the arts and humanities to the sciences and professional qualifications. Based at Madingley Hall in Cambridge, ICE welcomes thousands of students each year to its popular short courses, part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and growing number of online courses.

For more information, please visit www.ice.cam.ac.uk

 

 

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