The AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens will recognize one young person for their commitment to improving the global community and whose actions contribute to a more just, peaceful, and tolerant world.
The Prize will be awarded to an individual who:
- 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 in 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.#
2019 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens Winner
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 who fit the criteria can apply for the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens by filling in the application form and submitting it before the deadline. Only one application (focused on one project) per person will be considered.