International Youth Day 2019

Published 12 August 2019
Celebrating The Queen's Young Leaders on International Youth Day

This International Youth Day, we are turning our attention to the 240 Queen's Young Leaders from across the Commonwealth, who are making changes in their communities and using their skills to transform lives. 

International Youth Day

The Queen is Head of the Commonwealth, an international organisation of 53 countries spanning every geographical region, religion and culture, and 60% of the Commonwealth's population of 2 billion people are under the age of 30.

Queen's Young Leaders International Youth Day 2019

Many of the Queen's Young Leaders have focused their efforts on transforming education within their communitie​s - making education more inclusive and accessible for all!

2016 Queen's Young Leader Diedra founded a scholarship programme for high school students in Belize.

2016 Queen's Young Leader

Her Majesty ​presented Diedra with her Queen's Young Leader Award at Buckingham Palace in 2016.  

Diedra 2016 Queen's Young Leader

Calvin, also a 2016 Queen's Young Leader, delivers education and career development workshops in Malaysia, supporting young people to plan for the future. 

2016 Queen's Young Leader Calvin

In 2017 Nonduduzo (Kingdom of eSwatini) received an Award for work to help girls living in rural communities to continue their education. 

nonduduzo International Youth Day

Theresa (Papau New Guinea) founded UniMums to support and mentor young mothers studying at University.

Teresa Queen's Young Leader International Youth Day

2018 winners Deane and Aditiya (India) work together to inform and empower young girls & women about menstrual hygiene and maternal health.

2018 Queen's Young Leader

Inspired by the work of the Queen's Young Leaders Programme, the Queen's Commonwealth Trust is working to help young change makers realise their hopes & dreams for the future.

The Queen's Young Leaders Programme was launched 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, at Buckingham Palace in 2014. 

International Youth Day 2015 Queen's Young Leaders

The Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation with a mission to leave a lasting legacy, owned by the whole Commonwealth, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen. 

2017 Queen's Young Leaders

Visit the Queen's Young Leaders website & the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to find out more.