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Two years on: Elisha Bano

Two years on: Elisha Bano

Leading Change catches up with Queen's Young Leaders and asks them to reflect on their experiences

Elisha is passionate about using creative arts to advocate on social issues and founded Advocacy through Creative Techniques – or ACT for short – in 2014. ACT builds networks between youth and stakeholders in the community to develop young people into advocates and active citizens.

1. Looking back to the beginning of the Leading Change course, what are the significant developments in your work or education?

“The work of ACT as a group is more recognised now. We are doing collaborations with other groups and have been covered in the local media a few times.

“In these two years I have also completed my second Post Graduate Diploma. This one is in Pacific studies.”

2. Complete the sentence, "Two years on from becoming a Queen's Young Leader I realise that the programme..."

“... provides us with the unique opportunity of connecting and collaborating with youths from across the Commonwealth with so much ease.

“Additionally the programme allows us to participate in the Leading Change programme which is designed to develop our existing leadership skills and help us focus, plan and design our projects with consultation and guidance from some very wonderful people. Frances is on the top of that list of the resource people plus mentors following behind!”

3. What was the highlight of your first year as a Queen’s Young Leaders Alumna?

“Being on the Legacy Panel, starting the Youth working group and actually attending Residential Week in 2016.”

4. What are you planning for 2017?

“2017 has started with hosting a spoken word evening for One Billion Rising and planning another for International Women's Day – 8 March – volunteering at the NaKoro market and sharing information on sustainable development goals in these spaces – and dedicating a little more time to our social media updates and documentations."