Litiana Kalsrap of Vanuatu wins the Queen’s Young Leaders Award of the Class of 2018, succeeding Winy Marango (Runners.
Ms Kalsarap is a youth leader, and is Vice-Secretary of the Pango village Youth Council in Vanuatu, which oversees local youth associations.
Today the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is delighted to reveal the final ever Award Winners – its class of 2018.
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She works as a Youth Sector Counsellor for the Pango Area Council, where she represents the views of young people and she is committed to mobilising young people as a force for positive social and environmental change.
As part of her work, Litiana organises activities such as beach clean-ups and tree planting initiatives, and also raises awareness about climate change and its effect on the Pacific Islands.
Litiana is a member of 350 Pacific, a youth-led grassroots network working with communities to tackle climate change in the region and her job includes organising community consultations to encourage and help people adapt to environmental changes.
The Queen’s Young Leader 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 will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen.
With this support, Award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.
The Award winners are shortlisted by a panel made up of young people from across the Commonwealth final decisions were made by The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme Board, which contains members from The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society.