Queens Young Leaders
At the end of 2015, the announcement was made that our Executive-Director Jessica Dewhurst 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.
While in the UK, Jessica spoke 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 II at Buckingham Palace. At the ceremony, she met with 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.
In 2019, The Justice Desk was chosen to be one of the first organisations to join "The Queens Commonwealth Trust", which The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are the patrons of. In September, Meghan and Harry traveled to South Africa, and visited Jessica and The Justice Desk, as their first official stop on their "African Royal Tour". They spent time meeting various community heroes in our projects, and made wonderful speeches showing their support of our work across South Central Africa.