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The Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award (US$250,000 prize)


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, demonstrate the impact that young people are having on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and accelerate global problem-solving.

Global Citizen is an action platform dedicated to achieving the end of extreme poverty. By taking action with us, Global Citizens earn rewards, such as tickets to events and digital experiences with artists and influencers. Policy-makers make commitments to achieve the end of extreme poverty on our platform and we hold them accountable. So far, we’ve inspired 27 million actions, leading to $48.8 billion in commitments that have impacted 880 million lives so far. Together we can defeat poverty, defend the planet, and demand equality.

The Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award honours an individual aged 18-30 who has contributed meaningfully towards the goal of ending extreme poverty.

The award includes a US$250,000 prize paid to the organization to which the individual contributes.


IMPACT Demonstrated track-record of measurable impact at scale over the last 3-5 years advancing one or more of the Global Goals. 

VISION Compelling vision and concrete plans for how to extend this work in the next 3-5 years, including how the prize will advance efforts. 

CATALYST Inspires other young people to have an impact on achieving one or more of the Global Goals.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP Demonstrates the values and embodies the spirit of a Global Citizen and a Global Problem Solver.

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION Innovates with technology or Internet-based communications to improve efficiency, reach, and magnify impact. 

What is the judging process?

  • Candidates will be judged against criteria by a group of Global Citizen, Cisco, and independent experts.

  • Up to 10 semi-finalists will be selected and notified on or around October 15, 2020 to submit 3 letters of recommendation. (Once you apply for the Prize, you should have your letters of recommendation ready for submission.) Supplemental information might also be requested of semi-finalists.

  • If selected as one of the 10 semi-finalists, you will be judged by a panel of representatives from Global Citizen, Cisco, and esteemed activists and leaders in the international development field.

  • From the 5-10 semi-finalists, 3 finalists will be selected and notified on or around October 30, 2020. The 3 finalists will move forward to a public vote and final round of judging.

  • The Prize Winner will remain confidential and announced either at the time of filming, live on stage at the 2020 Global Citizen Prize Ceremony or via broadcast in December 2020.



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