Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is set to present the Queen’s Young Leaders Award to three outstanding young Ugandans at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on June 29.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Award focuses on inspiring young people from different Commonwealth countries who have dedicated their lives to driving change in their communities.
The three Ugandan’s that scooped this award were Joel Baraka, 19, Favourite Driciru, 27, and Ruth Nabembezi, 21. They are being recognised for their exceptional work in supporting refugees, youth employment, and promoting sexual health.
Baraka, Driciru and Nabembezi will be representing Uganda as they join winners from across the Commonwealth in the UK for a programme of inspiring meetings, networking opportunities and bespoke training and mentoring, all designed to help them to develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact to transform people’s lives.
They were selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader.
The 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues from tackling bullying in schools, to preserving the environment, to promoting gender equality.
What if you want to apply for the award?
The application process to become a Queen’s Young Leader of 2018 opens at 9pm BST (11pm Ugandan time) on Thursday June 29, 2017, and this year is the last chance for young people to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader.
The programme is looking for people aged between 18 and 29 who are dedicated to creating positive changes to the lives of people in Uganda to join this important community of change-makers from across the Commonwealth.
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