Applications for the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens are open now!
Pandemic. Climate crisis. The need for young global citizens has never been greater. They are driving the changes urgently required to address and solve our shared challenges.
This annual AFS Prize will recognize one extraordinary young person for their commitment to improving the global community with a US$10,000 cash prize, participation at the AFS Global Conference, international recognition and membership in the AFS community of young and active global citizens.
Alongside their other AFS Global Awards, this prize reaffirms AFS’s commitment to developing active global citizens from all backgrounds. To solve pressing 21st-century challenges, AFS develops Active Global Citizens who take action to make a positive difference wherever they live, learn, work, and volunteer.
Luisa Fernanda Romero Munoz, co-founder of Get Up And Go Colombia, won the first-ever AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens in 2019 for advancing peacebuilding in her home country by converting former Colombian armed conflict zones into cultural tourism destinations. This work directly addresses UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG #1: No Poverty. Get Up And Go Colombia has impacted more than 20,000 people by helping residents develop transferable employment skills by learning English and working as tour guides, and supporting local businesses. Get Up and Go Columbia partners with government agencies reintegrating former combatants and providing support services for victims of the armed conflict.
Candidates for the AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens can also be nominated by someone else. The nominator should provide basic information within the designated form, after which AFS will notify the candidate about the nomination, complete with criteria and application. One person can nominate as many candidates as they wish. The number of nominations received will not influence the selection of the Prize winner.
In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. AFS knows that social, economic and other important issues today transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one group alone.
Alongside our other AFS Global Awards, this prize reaffirms AFS’s commitment to developing active global citizens from all backgrounds. To solve pressing 21st-century challenges, AFS develops Active Global Citizens who take action to make a positive difference wherever they live, learn, work and volunteer.
This prize is made possible thanks to a generous AFS alumni donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
- This annual AFS Prize will recognize one extraordinary young person for their commitment to improving the global community with a US$10,000 cash prize
- Participation at the AFS Global Conference,
- International recognition and membership in the AFS community of young and active global citizens.
- Is no older than 30 years old by October 22, 2020.
- Is in charge of a project that is currently running or has been completed between January 2018 and January 2020. Both must have already demonstrated success in achieving their stated goals.
- Demonstrates how their project is successfully addressing a pressing global issue, tackling one or more of the challenges outlined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and what this translates into real-life impacts.
- Shows how their project successfully engages others outside their own community/culture and how this aspect is crucial to advancing their work. Projects must rely on intercultural understanding and global competence.
- Articulates how their initiative has significant potential to be scaled up and extended.
See the detailed Prize Rules & Regulations
Apply through the given link.
Application Deadline: July 28, 2020Application ClosedOfficial link