Applicants will be notified of their status the week of October 20, 2019.
The Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award was established by Cisco and Global Citizen to recognize and lift up a young person positively impacting the world, as a way to demonstrate the impact that young people are having on achieving the Global Goals, and to accelerate global problem solving.
Selected via an application process, the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award honors an individual aged 18-30 who has contributed meaningfully towards the goal of ending global poverty. The award includes a $250,000 prize paid to the organization to which the individual contributes.
Judging is based on 5 equally-weighted criteria:
Demonstrated track-record of measurable impact at scale over last 3-5 years advancing one or more of the Global Goals.
Compelling vision and concrete plans for how to extend this work in the next 3-5 years, including how the prize will advance efforts.
Inspires other young people to have an impact on achieving one or more of the Global Goals.
Demonstrates the values and embodies the spirit of a Global Citizen and a Global Problem Solver.
Innovates with technology or Internet-based communications to improve efficiency, reach, and magnify impact.
You must be 18-30 years old as of award ceremony in December 2019, and be able to travel to award ceremony to accept prize.
For a period of three years, you must be willing to do media interviews and appearances, and grant rights to GC and Cisco to use name, likeness and related content in GC or Cisco marketing campaigns and on GC or Cisco owned-platforms, such as cisco.com, globalcitizen.org and social platforms.
You must accept the terms and conditions as listed here.
You must not be a citizen of a country or entity subject to financial or other sanctions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) or other government entity of the United States of America that may restrict the transfer of the Prize.
You must not be an employee of Global Citizen or Cisco.
You must not be any organizations who have previously received prize funding or direct grant funding from Cisco or the Cisco Foundation.
The winner will receive:
USD $250,000 awarded to a person or specific people on behalf of an organization that is judged to best fit selection criteria.
An all-inclusive round-trip to award ceremony in December for themselves and a guest.
Networking and development opportunities to support their work.
Food for Education
Wawira is the Founder and Executive Director of Food for Education, an organization working with vulnerable children in Kenyan public schools to improve their lives by providing subsidised, nutritious school lunches. Food for Education has provided over 400,000 school meals, contributing to improved nutrition status, school attendance and performance.
Her ambition, simplicity of mission, and proof of impact earned Njiru the first-ever Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award, awarded at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, presented and hosted by the Motsepe Foundation, in December 2018.
Cisco and Global Citizen are united in their belief that young people around the world are leading the way to create and implement solutions to achieve the Global Goals, and to accelerate global problem solving.
What is Global Citizen?
What is the judging process?
What does the judging criterion “Global Citizenship” mean? What does “Global Problem Solver” mean?
What does the Criterion “Technology Innovation” mean?
Do I have to be the founder/CEO of the organization to be eligible?
Do you accept people from any country?
Do you only accept non-profits?
Is this prize for individuals as well as organizations?
I have a lot of great ideas, but am just starting out. Am I eligible for the Prize?
What is needed for the application?
When does the application open? When does it close?
When will I find out if I have been selected?
What documents are required if I am a semi-finalist? Should I prepare them now?
If I’m selected as a semi-finalist, who should provide the letter/video of endorsement?
I know I can’t attend the award ceremony in December. Can I still apply?
Can I nominate someone for this Prize?
Can I apply in a language other than English?
What happens to my application materials after I submit?
If I am selected as the winner, do I have to spend the Prize money in a certain way?
How do I make and send my video? Can I still apply if I cannot create a video?
Can I change my application after I submit it?
I’m having trouble submitting my application, what can I do?
Where can I ask questions not covered here?