The Queen to honour Gozitan & Maltese winners with special Award
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A Queen’s Young Leaders Award will be presented to two exceptional young people from Gozo and Malta at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London at the end of the month
Her Majesty The Queen will present the Award to 22-year old Gozitan Eman Borg, in recognition of his work supporting the LGBTI+ community, and 25-year-old Vladyslava Kravchenko from Qawra, who has been acknowledged for her commitment to raising awareness of disability sports.
Eman and Vladyslava will be representing Malta 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.
The Award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.
Winners are selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader.
Eman Borg said: “I’m excited to win the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and I hope that it will enable me to continue to give young people more voice and visibility.”
The organisers said that 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.
The winners will visit 10 Downing Street, as well as take part in masterclasses at the BBC World Service and the UK headquarters of global social media company Facebook, before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, which takes place on Thursday, the 29th of June.
They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary-General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, meet senior executives from some of the UK’s leading organisations and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.
The launch of the final ever search for the Queen’s Young Leaders will conclude the programme.
The application process to become a Queen’s Young Leader of 2018 opens at 9:00pm BST on Thursday, the 29th of June 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 Malta to join this important community of change-makers from across the Commonwealth.
“The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017 are doing truly remarkable work within their communities. Their actions are having a positive impact not only on those around them but also by setting in motion positive change that will last for generations to come,” Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said.
Dr Bonfield explained that “the residential programme is an opportunity for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders to come together for the first time, to foster partnerships and share ideas about how they can work together as a group to improve people’s lives all over the Commonwealth.”
“We are delighted that these young people are being recognised for their life-changing work by Her Majesty The Queen and we hope that their time in the UK will inspire and enable them to pursue their work for others on an ever greater scale,” she added.
Details about how to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader, together with information about the 2017 Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, is available at www.queensyoungleaders.com.