Three young Kenyans are among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who have been recognised as exceptional leaders in their community. These 60 young people are the first ever to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen in June, is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme. It celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
This year’s Award winners, aged between 18 and 29 and who come from all over the Commonwealth, 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.
26 year old Abdikadir Aden Hassan from Garissa has been selected in recognition of his work to champion climate change. 27 year old Samuel Karuita from Nairobi has been acknowledged for her efforts to provide educational opportunities for marginalised young people, and 21 year old Caren Nelima Odanga from Mumias was selected in recognition of her initiative to support and educate women in rural Kenya.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is an initiative established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.
In addition to the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, the Programme will provide grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives.