Four Jamaican projects to receive first grants from Queen’s Young Leaders Programme

As the controversy over last week’s visit by UK Prime Minister David Cameron continues to rumble, here is some very positive news for four Jamaican private sector/non-governmental organizations – and for Jamaican youth – from the British High Commission. This is their press release. The areas of support are especially interesting. 


For immediate release

Monday 5th October 2015

Four Jamaican social action projects are amongst the first 17 organizations to receive a grant from The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, enabling them to deliver life changing work for young people across the country.

The funding will enable the four organizations to provide innovative youth led opportunities for young people to learn new skills, secure employment and go on to make lasting change to their own lives and the lives of others in their communities.

J-FLAG provides a platform for the voices of LGBT youth to be heard. By using innovative and creative strategies to help them advocate for their rights at the national and local level, young people will have the skills they need to influence policy makers and the public attitudes towards LGBT youth.

Sandals Foundation helps young people in rural areas secure employment in agricultural services. The project is part of a national initiative to improve links between the agriculture and tourism sectors in Jamaica.

Jamaica Youth Business Trust will help young farmers, as well as those considering farming as career, to develop enterprise and job opportunities within the agricultural sector.

Digicel Foundation will provide youth-led groups with training to run social enterprises that engage young people with their communities. By addressing both economic and social issues, it aims to reverse the trend of young people entering gangs and violence.

Organizations in Jamaica, Bangladesh, Zambia, UK, and Solomon Islands were invited by the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme to apply for a Queen’s Young Leaders grant following a rigorous assessment process. An advisory panel made up of inspiring and influential young people from across the Commonwealth helped in the selection of grants to those projects that could clearly demonstrate the positive impact they have in local communities

Dr Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “A positive legacy is all about demonstrating change and forward thinking. These incredible organizations receiving The Queen’s Young Leaders grants clearly demonstrate the work of young people contributing to improving society both nationally and globally.”

Over the next three years, at a time when the Commonwealth is home to the largest generation of young people ever in its history, The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will support thousands of young people to make their visions of a better society a reality. Comprising two parts, it will create a lasting legacy for the Queen through:

** Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives

** An Awards scheme to recognise the achievements of 240 inspirational young people and provide support enabling them to take up leadership roles and inspire future leaders

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and is run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s contribution to the Commonwealth.

For more information contact:

Jennie Farrell at Comic Relief on 020 7820 2500 or


You can find Queen’s Young Leaders on Twitter @queensleaders Instagram: @queensyoungleaders and Facebook: and use the Hashtag: #QueensYoungLeaders #TheSearchIsOn

 Here’s some background on The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme:

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, has established The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in honor 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 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people will be selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. This year’s Award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

As part of the Award, winners will receive bespoke mentoring and online learning provided by the University of Cambridge. Award winners will attend a week-long 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. 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. With a five-year timeframe in which to deliver successful programmes, the Trust’s aim is to leave a lasting legacy, owned by the whole Commonwealth, to honour Her Majesty The Queen. For more information go to:


Comic Relief

Established in 1985, Comic Relief is a major UK fundraising and grant making charity which uses the power of entertainment to create long-lasting change. Its vision is a just world, free from poverty. It strives to make this vision a reality by supporting poor, disadvantages and vulnerable people in the UK and across some of the world’s poorest communities to change their own lives for the better. Discover more at:


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 go to:




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