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. Applications are now closed and will reopen in June 2016.
Congratulations to 28-year-old Mark Jin Quan Cheng, who has been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in his community.
Here’s Mark’s story.
While people were out chasing the greenback, Mark chose to bring the world’s green back. Dismayed at the lack of green education in Singapore and around the region, Mark co-founded Avelife in 2009 – a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) working to improve environmental education in Singapore. Avelife had humble roots, starting with a group of just seven youths.
One key project by Avelife is Green Xchange, where heartland residents trade recyclables for necessities such as rice, oil and sugar. While the project’s initial aim was to help cultivate a habit of recycling, it also bore added fruit – the project reduced trash hoarding along public corridors and that minimized fire risk and improve public safety. In fact, Green Xchange has become so popular that it has branched out to Brunei, where they have helped reduce pollution
Today, each session of Green Xchange collects more than 10,000kg of recyclables in Singapore and Brunei. Avelife is also Singapore’s first NGO to be recognised as an Environment and Youth NGO under the United Nations Framework of Conventions for Climate Change. Today, Green Xchange has been extended to Brunei and Philippines, with more than 500,000 youths across ASEAN, sharing the Avelife cause
Source: National Youth Council Singapore
Congratulations to Mark once again.