Young West Australian social entrepreneur has a yarn with royalty and G20 leaders

General / Jul 11, 2014

Lockie, from Cottesloe, was chosen as one of five Commonwealth representatives to take part in Google Hangout, an online question and answer session with His Royal Highnesses for the launch of the Queen's Young Leaders Program, an award which recognises the achievements of young leaders in all 53 Commonwealth countries.

The Princes appeared live via webcam from Buckingham Palace and chatted to the five young leaders in Commonwealth countries around the world.

Backed by Google and Twitter, it is the first social media hub to be installed at the Palace.

Lockie is best known for his work in founding the ICEA (Indigenous Communities Education Awareness) Foundation in 2006 when he was just 17 years old. ICEA is a youth-driven not- for-profit organisation with a purpose of reconciliation inspired by young people.

In response to Prince William's question of how can you be the best leader in Australia, Lockie said: "I am a leader as a result of learning from Aboriginal Australians. Their connection to their community and culture makes it natural to be a leader, as I am more aware and connected to what is really happening."

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will use social media to help spread the message that #TheSearchIsOn, calling on young people from across the Commonwealth to apply, or be nominated for the opportunity to become a Queen's Young Leader.

In recognition of their achievements the winners will receive an award from The Queen and a year of mentoring and training so that they are able to further develop their skills and ideas and go on to inspire other young people to help shape the future of their societies.

Lockie's web chat with royalty yesterday was an exciting lead in to the 2014 Y20 summit, which gets under way in Sydney on Sunday. As Australia's head delegate, Lockie will be discussing youth policy with 120 young leaders from G20 member states, with direct connection to the G20 Summit held in Brisbane later in the year.

Queen's Young Leaders Program

Over the next five years, at a time when the Commonwealth is home to the largest generation of young people ever in its history, more than 1.3 billion of a total 2.2 billion citizens“ The Queen's Young Leaders Program will support thousands of young people to make their visions of a better society a reality.

Comprising two parts, it will create a lasting legacy for the Queen through:
– An awards scheme to recognise the achievements of 240 inspirational young people and provide support enabling them to take up leadership roles and inspire future leaders.
– Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives.

Lockie's video clip with royalty: Y20 Summit

This year's Y20 Summit will focus on youth unemployment as well as sustainable economic development and global mobility. The Australian delegation and their colleagues from the other G20 nations are tasked with the challenge of getting youth unemployment on the 2014 G20 agenda and asking world leaders to commit to an action plan to address youth unemployment. Summit runs from July 13 to 16, in Sydney. For more information on the 2014 Y20 Summit, visit:

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