Youth empowerment advocate receives Diana Award

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 30 2020

Youth empowerment advocate Chiranthi Senanayake has received the Diana Award on 1 July.

She is the sole recipient from Sri Lanka of this Award, which is an accolade presented to a young change-maker between the age of nine and 25 years. 

The award is given in memory of the late Princess of Wales, Princess Diana. To be eligible to receive the Award, the candidate must be nominated by a representative of an organisation which is aware of the work they have done to improve the community.

Senanayake’s volunteer journey began in 2009 when she travelled to a rehabilitation centre in Mullaitivu, as a part of a student group which worked with the Army to conduct self-development workshops for former LTTE female soldiers. Since then she has been working as a youth empowerment advocate with a focus on Youth Empowerment Incubation (YEI) which is an approach to streamline existing youth development system by providing equal attention to both top level and grassroots level youth development. 

In recognition of her community service, she was also appointed as the United Nations Youth Delegate of 2016 to represent Sri Lanka at the Third General Assembly Session held at the UN Headquarters in New York, United States, where she delivered the youth statement on behalf of the youth of Sri Lanka. 

Applications are now open to nominate the next potential winner of the Diana Award at www.diana-award.org.uk. 

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 30 2020

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