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AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens 2020 ($10,000 Cash Prizes)

Deadline for Applications: 28 July, 2020.

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.

Who can win this prize?

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.

Selection Criteria.

Projects will be evaluated using a rubric based on the following considerations:

  • ELIGIBILITY – The Contestant and the Project must meet all eligibility requirements as described in these Official Rules.

  • RELEVANCE –  Entries must clearly describe a challenge that the Project is tackling, which United Nations SDG the issue is related to and how the (proposed) approach will improve the situation

  • IMPACT – Project plan must include the necessary approach and adequate plans for measuring its positive impact to address the challenge identified. The Project must have already demonstrated success in achieving their stated goals.

  • SCALABILITY – Project must suggest scalable solutions so that its benefits might be extended to others.

  • INTERCULTURAL DIVERSITY – Project must bring together individuals and/or groups from different communities, backgrounds, cultural identities and uses intercultural diversity as an asset in achieving its stated goals. 

  • VIABILITY – Entry must demonstrate how the Prize is expected to help the Project move forward and have its desired impact.

  • INNOVATION – Project must propose an innovative and unique approach in tackling the identified global issues. 


  • A single Prize shall be awarded to the Winner and shall consist of a cash award of ten thousand dollars (US$10,000.00) and participation in the 2020 AFS Global Conference Virtually (ARV of $300) as well as the AFS Global Award winners’ network (ARV of $2,500). The total ARV of the Prize is $12,800.

  • Participation in the 2020 AFS Global Conference shall consist of travel (train or flight plus transfers), hotel, select meals and conference fees, all chosen and purchased directly by the Sponsor in Sponsor’s sole and exclusive discretion. To be eligible to receive this travel package, any Minor who is declared as the Winner may also be required to be accompanied by an adult.

Nominate Someone Else

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.

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