About us

Leading Change is the course for Queen’s Young Leaders and the website for young leaders across the Commonwealth

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme discovers, celebrates and supports inspiring young people – aged between 18 and 29 – from across the Commonwealth, who show exceptional leadership qualities and have transformed their own lives and the lives of others.

It was established 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 honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

Between 2014 and 2018, 60 inspiring young people are being selected each year to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award in recognition of the 60 years that the Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth, at the time of her Diamond Jubilee.

Through online learning, a residential week and mentoring, the Queen’s Young Leaders Award is supporting winners to reach their full potential in creating real and lasting change in their own lives – and in the lives of others.

Leading Change

The Leading Change online course is designed specifically for those who have been recognised by the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.

The Leading Change website, Leadingchangeuc.com, regularly publishes stories and learning resources to inspire and support change makers around the world.

Leading Change and the Queen's Young Leader's Mentoring programme are directed by Frances Brown, who is based at the Institute for Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge.

A growing team of talented people from around the Commonwealth support the programme, by teaching, producing content, mentoring or by sharing their expertise and stories.  

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Leading Change Journalism Bursary

2016 is the first year of the Leading Change Journalism Bursary (#LCJB16). Winners regularly produce content for Leading Change. Additional content has been commissioned from highly commended journalists who came to our attention by applying to the bursary.

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The Leading Change map

Our contributors and supporters live all over the world. As we grow, we add them to our Leading Change map. Drag or zoom to move around.