THE Queen’s Young Leaders is a unique initiative which recognises that young people have the ability to make a huge impact in their communities.
The programme was launched in Honiara last July and Solomon Islands was lucky to be selected among six Commonwealth countries for the award.
According to QYL initiative, through its programme, they are looking to support organisations that work with young people to transform their lives.
“Projects that are led by or focused on young people and provide opportunities for them to learn new skills, secure employment, create enterprises or have a say in decisions affecting their future, will be implemented.
“Each project will place young people at the heart of their communities, working with them to help solve issues that affect their lives.”
The programme aims to ensure young people are better qualified, get decent jobs and training, and create thriving businesses and enable young people to articulate their needs in order to influence key decision makers.
According to the director of youth of the Ministry of women Edward Anisitolo during the launching of the programme last year, the QYLP will strengthen skills and confidence of award winners so that they are ready to change the lives of those around them and inspire the next generation of young leaders.
The programme has been established by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth society in honour of the Queen’s 60-year contribution to the commonwealth.
A discovery workshop for young people in Solomon Islands will be held in Honiara next week which will be led by two members of Comic Relief.
The programme was established by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal commonwealth society in honour of the Queen’s 60-years contribution to the commonwealth.
By TRIXIE CARTER