Young Tongan leader receives award from Queen

Tonga’s ‘Aiona Prescott (21) received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in late June at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, in recognition of exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.

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Recognised for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community through her work with young people tackling issues such as teenage pregnancy, early school leavers and gender-based violence, Aiona was looking forward to meeting all the Queen’s Young Leaders from around the world.

“To learn from them and to give back in whatever way I can,” she said.

The awardees will visit 10 Downing Street and the UK headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, to give them insights and aid them with their own work.

They will then meet with the Commonwealth Secretary General, senior executives at the BBC World Service, and UK business leaders.

Also on the schedule are workshops at the University of Cambridge and visiting life changing projects for vulnerable people in the United Kingdom.

‘Aiona was selected from thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth who applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader.

This year’s Award winners aged 18-29 years are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues including education, climate change, gender, mental health and improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Watch ‘Aiona talk about her work in the video below: