Queens Young Leaders
Queen's Young Leaders
At the end of 2015, the announcement was made that our Executive-Director Jessica Dewhurst, along with one other South African, would receive The Queen's Young Leaders Award for 2016 for her work at The Justice Desk.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives. Winners of this prestigious Award received a unique package of training, mentoring and networking. In June of 2016, Jessica traveled to the UK, where she had the opportunity to visit and be trained at the Twitter UK Head-office, the BBC, AMV, and Cambridge University, among many others. She also had the opportunity to speak at the residence of the Security-General of the Commonwealth, and at the UK Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street. On top of this, Jessica received her medal from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace, as well as had the opportunity to meet Prince Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugene, David Beckham, Jimmy Choo as well as UK Vlogger Alfie Deyes.
The Justice Desk is now a lifelong Queen's Young Leaders organisation, and receives mentorship and support in increasing and expanding our work across South Central Africa. We are proud to be an official QYL organisation and thank Her Majesty for her continued support of our work.