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QCT at One Young World 2019: A week of connecting, inspiring…and back flips!

In October 2019, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust were proud to partner with One Young World (OYW) to offer QCT Scholarships to 53 young leaders – one from every Commonwealth country – to attend the OYW Summit in London. One Young World is the preeminent global forum for young leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to effecting positive change, and the annual Summit brings young people together from over 190 countries, empowering them to make lasting connections and develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

You can find out more about the 53 selected attendees here and watch a short highlights reel of their experience with QCT in London:

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As well as enjoying four transformative days of speeches, panels, networking and workshops at the One Young World Summit, QCT delegates were also invited to a unique QCT welcome reception, held at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the heart of Westminster. Here, scholars were able to connect with one another, as well as the wider QCT network, staff and supporters, and enjoy a heartfelt welcome from Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for the Commonwealth. Kick-starting the reception with a bang, the cohort were treated to an incredible street dance performance from young talent IMD Legion - who performed the first-ever backflip in the FCO building - and the art of spoken word from poet Terrell Lewis, who devised an original piece especially for the event. You can listen to a short excerpt of Terrell’s spoken word artistry in the clip below!

During the evening, four young leaders from the QCTxOYW cohort took to the stage to give insightful speeches on their areas of work; Kirkland McIntosh of Young Life in the Bahamas, founder of Guyana Animation Network Inc Jubilante Cutting, Revofa founder Adeline Ng Kai Wen, and founder of Inspired Horizons Association Kaene Disepo.

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The cohort also participated in two interactive workshops, which were designed and delivered by Supa Network, who specialise in working with networks of young creative talent to provide a range of services. Participants could opt for either ‘Innovation Modelling’ led by Impact Strategist Erica Neve, or ‘Connections’ run by social media influencer Nissy Tee. These 90-minute sessions covered various techniques, from generating and pitching ideas to exploring practical ways to implement design thinking, and participants left feeling energised and inspired!

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On the final day of the Summit, selected members of the QCTxOYW cohort who are leading projects that support gender equality and female empowerment were invited to Windsor Castle to take part in an exclusive roundtable with The Duchess of Sussex, who attended in her role as Vice-President of QCT – and was joined on the day by surprise guest and QCT President, The Duke of Sussex. Participants on the panel included founder of Moringa Women Project Noriah Katungwe, Firefly Inc. founder Amanda Scott, Pes Na Ples founder Megan Iha, and Deshi Ballers founder Gulnahar Mahbub from the QCT cohort.

Since sharing their achievements and best practices with the Duke and Duchess, the participants of the roundtable have come together to form Action10. Action10 is a taskforce of young leaders committed to collaborating and supporting one another in driving meaningful change. The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and One Young World are working together to identify ways to support Action10, principally by giving them a powerful platform to share their leadership, experience and impact, and inspire others to get going.

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QCT President and Vice-President with ‘Action 10’ at Windsor Castle. Credit: PA SussexRoyal

QCT would like to extend a special thank you to One Young World for this unique partnership, The FCO and Coutts for their hospitality, our speakers, performers and friends who contributed to the week’s events – and of course, to the QCTxOYW cohort for making this a truly memorable and inspiring week!

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