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Queen's Young Leaders in South Africa meet Vlogger Caspar Lee

Published 22 December 2016

Past and present Queen's Young Leaders in South Africa have had the chance to meet Vlogger Caspar Lee to tell him about the amazing work they have been doing in their home nation.

Caspar visited South Africa to find out more about the projects the 2016 and 2017 Queen's Young Leaders (QYL) have been working on.

The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

Winners of this prestigious Award, which has been running for the past two years, will receive training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen.

Caspar's first stop on his trip to South Africa was to meet a young person who is living with HIV and has been helped by 2016 QYL winner Jessica Dewhurst.

Then Caspar visited 2017 winner Chantelle De Abreu who showed him around her project "Educating Athletes", which provides academic placements for young sportsmen and women.

Chantelle is dedicated to helping marginalised young people pursue careers in sport whilst continuing their more traditional education.

She founded Educating Athletes, which provides academic placements, tuition, uniforms, mentoring, “community give-backs” and counselling for young sportsmen and women.

Through her work, Chantelle hopes to show that sport and education can be carried out together. Specifically, she wants to inspire young athletes to return to their community to tell other young people about the importance of education.

Finally Caspar had the opportunity to meet winners from the past three years of the programme and find out more about their experiences of being Queen's Young Leaders, at special Christmas children's party.