Three projects from Bangladesh are among a unique set of organisations to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Programme Grant to support their work transforming the lives of young people.
Grants have been awarded to ActionAid’s Firestarter Initiative, JAAGO and Bangladesh Youth Enterprise Advice and Helpcentre, all of who are working to transform the lives of young people and fulfil the aim of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme; to support youth-led organisations that are harnessing the impact young people have in the communities around them.
ActionAid’s Firestarter Initiative will provide small grants to work with emerging innovative organisations that are run by young people doing projects outside Dhaka, it will specifically target young women, girls and minority communities. JAAGO equip young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to start, run and grow their own businesses. Bangladesh Youth Enterprise Advice and Health Centre will work to support underprivileged young entrepreneurs through training, business plan consultancy and innovative mentoring models.
Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive at The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “These organisations exemplify exactly what The Queen’s Young Leader’s Programme stands for. They are pioneering opportunities for young people to learn new skills, enter employment and start their own businesses and giving them a genuine voice in their community. They are an excellent example of how young people can be at the heart of initiatives which enrich the lives of people within the Commonwealth.”
Farah Kabir, Country Director for ActionAid Bangladesh says: “The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme embodies the youth engagement in our organisation where we work with disadvantaged young people, especially young women and girls, and minority communities through capacity development which enables them to be promoted into positions of leadership. We are very excited to be able to engage with wider youth organisations in the country over the next 4 years.”
At a time when the Commonwealth is home to the largest generation of young people in its history, The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is supporting thousands of young people to make their visions of a better society a reality. Comprising two parts, between 2014-2018, the Programme will create a lasting legacy for Her Majesty The Queen through:
Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives
An Awards scheme to recognise the achievements of inspirational young people and support them to develop their work and leadership further.
(The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and is run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s contribution to the Commonwealth.) – press release