On Thursday 8 May, The King presented the Young Leadership Foundation's Compass Rose Scholarship for the eighth year in a row, to three young leaders who have displayed excellent leadership skills and are good examples to others.
The King began the afternoon with a speech, in which he said:
"Each and every one of these scholarship recipients has done something extraordinary. They have demonstrated courage, consideration and energy. Their leadership is based on sustainable values. In addition to this, the Young Leadership Foundation and the Scouts have together trained 500 young people to date. I hope and wish that, with their great commitment and enthusiasm, these young people can inspire confidence and tolerance across borders."
22-year-old Cecilia Andrén Nyström founded the coach training programme Futebol dá força, which operates in Mozambique, Zambia and now also Sweden. She was awarded the Compass Rose Scholarship 2014 within the voluntary sector for making bold decisions and taking long-term responsibility for sustainable operations that have changed the world for thousands of girls, who have gained knowledge, self-confidence and sound values through the medium of football.
27-year-old Michel Issa has initiated a number of international charity projects, such as World Aid Active. He is also a consultant and speaker on diversity, integration and entrepreneurship. He was awarded the Compass Rose Scholarship 2014 within industry for combining consideration with creativity and passionate energy. He thereby creates new activities and hope in connection with difficult issues such as isolation, giving society value-based growth.
31-year-old John Franco is a local police officer for the district of Kungsholmen in Stockholm. He was awarded the Compass Rose Scholarship 2014 within the public sector for making a life choice to become a role model and to live in line with his strong values. He thereby provides guidance for both young people and his colleagues through his brave actions and his honest empathy.
The scholarship recipients receive SEK 250,000 each, which they can use to continue developing their leadership through training, mentoring or other activities with a clear educational link.
The scholarship presentation took place in connection with the Young Leadership seminar, which this year brought together 200 managers and leaders to discuss the leadership challenges of the future. This year's theme was "Cross-border values for tomorrow's leadership".
The invited speakers were David Batstone and Stina Honkamaa Bergfors. Stina is CEO and one of the founders of the media company United Screens. She has previously been Swedish manager for Google and YouTube. David is a co-creator and president of the global anti-slavery organisation Not For Sale, and co-creator and managing partner of Just Business, which supports new social businesses.
The Young Leadership Foundation works to promote the importance of – and contribute towards the development of – value-based leadership in Sweden. The Compass Rose Scholarship has been established as part of this work. The scholarship is awarded to young leaders who, regardless of their formal title, have shown through their actions that they have taken responsibility and demonstrated involvement above and beyond the ordinary, and who can show that the scholarship can help them to keep developing good leadership.
The annual Young Leadership seminar has a theme each year connected to young value-based leadership. The seminar is arranged jointly by the Scouts and The King's Young Leadership Foundation, and is hosted by The King. The Compass Rose Scholarship is presented during the seminar.