Barbadian Jamilla Sealy is one of 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who have been selected to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
The awards recognize and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29, in the Commonwealth, who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives.
Sealy, 28, is receiving recognition for the work she is undertaking to protect the environment. She and the other winners who were all announced yesterday will receive their awards from the Queen at a ceremony in London next year.
“I am delighted to have won this award, and believe the support will help my project become a great success and involve more young people,” she said.
The 60 winners – in the third and penultimate year of the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme – will become part of the growing Queen’s Young Leaders community, a unique network of influential young change-makers who are coming together and being supported to become an even greater force for good.
This year, award winners are leading projects tackling global issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.
Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Dr Astrid Bonfield said the winners were “incredible young people”.
“The Queen’s Young Leaders Award is designed to inspire and nurture the talent of exceptional young people from all over the Commonwealth, so that they can create and lead others towards securing positive changes in communities. The work being undertaken by the latest cohort of Queen’s Young Leaders is addressing some of the most crucial issues facing the Commonwealth today. We cannot wait to see how their impressive endeavours grow and develop over the course of the year to come and beyond,” Dr Bonfield said.
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.
Each year for four years, 60 Queen’s Young Leaders receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a week-long residential programme in London, to empower them to build on the work they are leading in their communities which is changing the lives of others for the better.