Antigua and Barbuda youth activist recognized by the Queen
Rose-Mary Reynolds. Photo: Number Ten Downing Street
Rose-Mary Reynolds of Antigua and Barbuda is the latest citizen of the Commonwealth to be recognized by Queen Elizabeth II as a “Point of Light.”
Number Ten Downing Street, the UK Prime Minister’s Office, announced her as the 122 awardee, today.
Reynolds is the founder of ‘Youth Today’, an initiative that has engaged over 250 young people to take part in social action and volunteering.
Downing Street said her organisation runs a yearly summer programme where young people are matched with volunteering and internship opportunities so that they can gain experience and make a positive change in their communities.
Reynolds told Downing Street: “Receiving the Commonwealth Points of Light Award is an immense honour which I could not have imagined in just the second year of our programme. I am always grateful when ‘Youth Today’ receives any form of recognition, and this award, recognition from Her Majesty The Queen, only proves that we are definitely headed in the right direction.
‘Youth Today’s work is one that will forever be my life’s passion. Encouraging young persons to be more active citizens, exposing and educating our youth on the opportunities the world offers to our small Caribbean country and being at the forefront of creating innovative opportunities to aid in our youth’s development, will continue to motivate me to do what it is I love, positively impact the lives of young Antiguans and Barbudans.”
Reynolds will receive her award next year.