By Alexis R. Milan
Eighteen-year-old Denielle Neal will be just one of 60 persons being recognized for her community activism and the only Belizean receiving the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders Award in London, England this June.
Neal, a Business Science major enrolled at the University of Belize, said she was overwhelmed when she learned she would be receiving the distinction. Neal said it is good for the Belizean youth to know that there is recognition for being active in positive endeavors. She added that the honor has inspired her to want to do even more.
Denielle disclosed she’s been working closely with the Youth Enhancement Services since she was 14-year-old and at one point lead their leadership group. She also serves as the Public Relations person for the United Democratic Party’s Youth Arm.
Over the past few years her outreach work has included mostly motivational speaking at schools, leadership classes and leading workshops. She added that moving forward she hopes to include at-risk young men in her outreach work as most of her current outreach is aimed at young women.
According to the British High Commission, the award celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
The recipients of the award range from 18 to 29 and were selected from all over the Commonwealth. Award winners were selected based on their work including supporting others and raising awareness on issues such as education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.