22 year old Kerry Macleod from Inverness, who works with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), has been chosen from 900 applicants to take part in a Commonwealth youth leadership programme in Glasgow in July.
With only 100 days to go until the XX Commonwealth Games, one hundred young people from around the Commonwealth have been offered a place on “33Fifty: The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme”.
The programme is being delivered by the Royal Commonwealth Society and Common Purpose, the international leadership development organisation, bringing 18-25 year olds together from 41 of the Commonwealth countries to learn how to make a difference to their communities.
Kerry applied for the programme after she graduated from Aberdeen University last year and in the meantime she also secured a 15 month post with HIE through its graduate placement scheme – working on the 2014 events team.
“I can’t believe how much my life has been affected by 2014. Not only am I carrying out a job with HIE supporting businesses and communities to take advantage of this special year for Scotland, I have also been chosen for this amazing opportunity,” she said.
The four day programme will see young people develop their leadership skills, networks and cultural intelligence to help them in their studies, careers and civic life.
Senior leaders from across the Commonwealth will act as mentors, growing the participants’ confidence to lead change and make a difference in their countries.
Kerry, a geography and international relations graduate, added: “I am most looking forward to meeting the international Commonwealth leaders. In the long term my ambition is to work in international relations.”
33Fifty: The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme is named because 33 per cent of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth and 50 per cent of those are under 25.
One third of the 100 participants will be from Scotland, one third will be students from the Commonwealth currently studying or living in Scotland, and one third will be encouraged to apply from across the Commonwealth.
33Fifty will run every four years, coinciding with the Commonwealth Games, leaving a lasting legacy for participants and the Commonwealth.