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Jan 13, 2015

Denielle Neal Bestowed Prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Denielle Neal

A Belizean student of the national university is receiving royal honours tonight as one of the Queen of England’s Young Leaders.  Denielle Neal is one of sixty young persons from across the Commonwealth, between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine, that are being recognized as exceptional leaders in their community. The Queen’s Young Leaders programme acknowledges young persons who take the lead to transform lives in their communities. While the awardees champion various issues such as education, climate change, gender equality mental health and disability equality, eighteen year old Neal focused on teenager girls and works with Youth Enhancement Services and is the Public Relations Officer of the Youth Arm of the U.D.P.  News Five spoke with Neal who says she is elated to be the first Belizean to ever receive the prestigious award.

 

Denielle Neal, Awardee, Queen’s Young Leaders

“I am really excited to be a Belizean getting this award at such a young age because you know the trouble that our country is in and with teenagers going haphazard everywhere. You know I feel like I show that we do ahve good teens out there and so all the teens that are listening to this, I hope they can see that we can do positive things in Belize as well.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about being an exceptional leader, waht you do in your community and the message that you have for others out there that might want to emulate the things that you are doing.”

 

Denielle Neal

“Well the work that I do in my community is that I work with YES and I work with young ladies, disadvantaged young ladies at risked teens and we do all the leadership skills, the leadership workshops. As well, I am the PR for the United Democratic Party’s Youth Arm and that’s hectic. You know everything with politics is very hectic. What I would like to say to other teenagers; guys if you are interested in doing outreach work and interested in bettering your community, your country, go out there and do it. It is a rewarding job. The reward does not come right away; it comes with a lot of work, a lot of time that you won’t be able to be partying or whatever. But obviously it pays off because look at me right now.  It’s an entire package. I get the stay at the Buckingham Palace in London, I also get a year worth of mentoring and I get an online course from Cambridge. As well I have an entire team behind me; it’s not just me. I have my entire team in London that is behind me. Before every interview I call and this is what I am going to say and it is amazing. So I am excited to be representing Belize; I love my country very dearly and I am excited to show that we really do have positive young women in this country.”

 

The award will be presented in London by the queen herself at the Buckingham Palace in June.

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