Selected via an application process, the Youth Leadership prize 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.
Applications are closed.
Ankit Agarwal is the Founder and CEO of Helpusgreen®, a social enterprise that has pioneered the flowercycling® technology to preserve the river Ganges from becoming a religious sewer. Awarded as Fast company world changing ideas 2018 and recognised by Forbes, Fortune, and Stanford Social Review, Helpusgreen® is the world’s first lean and profitable solution to the monumental temple problem that brings hope to revive the lifeline of more than 420 million – The Ganges. Ankit has been recognized in the Forbes India 30 Under 30 list and received the United Nations Young Leader for Sustainable Development Goals Award 2018.
Dysmus Kisilu is the founder of Solar Freeze, a company that provides renewable energy solutions as a service to smallholder farmers in Kenya to increase agricultural productivity. Widely recognized for his work in renewable energy and climate smart agriculture, Dysmus has worked with 3,000 small scale women farmers in Kenya to increase agricultural yields by more than 150% since 2016. Dysmus also created ‘Each One, Teach One - Train and Earn’, a Solar Freeze initiative that aims to impact the next generation of renewable energy and climate smart agriculture leaders.
Safe Hands for Girls
Jaha works to end FGM, CEFM, and other forms of gender-based violence as the Chief Executive Officer of Safe Hands for Girls (SHfG). Through community enrichment activities, seasonal campaigns, and partnerships, SHfG strives to create a world where every woman and girl is free from FGM and all forms of gender-based violence, and has the support, knowledge, tools and self-esteem to reach their full potential. SHfG works at grassroots and policy levels, mobilising communities in The Gambia, Sierra Leone, the U.S. and beyond, to end violent practices against women and girls.
HACEY Health Initiative
Dolapo serves as the Chief Operating Officer of HACEY Health Initiative, an endeavor that provides accessible sexual and reproductive health and maternal services to survivors of sexual violence. Under her leadership, HACEY Health Initiative has implemented the “Hands up for HER (Health, Empowerment and Right)” initiative, a reproductive health education program that has engaged more than 10,000 girls in Nigeria. An advocate for gender equality, Dolapo strives to ensure that women and girls fully exercise their human rights without fear.
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. In 2016, the organisation opened its first central school-based kitchen that currently provides highly subsidised meals to over 2,000 students every day. Wawira is a 2018 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a recipient of the Builders of Africa Award 2018 and was selected as one of 2018’s Top 40 under 40 women in Kenya.
Judging will be 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 December 2, 2018, and be able to travel to South Africa in early December to accept prize.
For 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 2018 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 Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the Prize Ceremony at the Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival.
Networking and development opportunities to support your work.
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.
We are joining forces to create the Global Citizen Prize for Youth Leadership presented by Cisco 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 our common goals.
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I have a lot of great ideas, but am just starting out. Am I eligible for the Prize?
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