Win up to US$250,000 prize for Young Problem Solvers in the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award 2020 (Age 18-30)

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Apply for this leadership Award dedicated to recognizing the world’s most inspiring Youth Leaders actively contributing to and positively impacting the world. 

Winners of the award will win up to US$250,000 to support their works.

Application Deadline: September 20, 2020

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Benefits

Winners of the award will be awarded a US$250,000 prize paid to the organization to which each individual contributes.

In addition to the Prize, the organizers may pay the following for the Prize Finalists (if travel is required):

  • Return economy flight fare to the 2020 Global Citizen Prize Ceremony and to locations for purposes of filming the broadcast of the 2020 Global Citizen Prize Ceremony, with the flight originating from the Prize Finalist’s nearest capital city in December 2020
  • Hotel accommodation for the attendance of the 2020 Global Citizen Prize Ceremony or for purposes of filming the broadcast of the 2020 Global Citizen Prize Ceremony(if required) 
  • A per diem of USD$100 every day for up to two days in December 2020(if required) 
  • Ground transportation to and from the events
  • Reimbursement of the Prize Finalists’ visa processing fees not exceeding $500 in total, after receipt of the stated expense invoice is presented.

Eligibility

The Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award honors is available solely for Individuals aged 18-30 who over the last 3-5 years have – 

  • Contributed impactfully towards ending extreme poverty 
  • Made progress towards one or more of the Global Goals.
  • A registered legal entity such as a non-profit, for-profit, B-corp, social enterprise, and the like. 

Requirements/Specifications 

  • Submissions without a video pitch will not be considered.
  • The Prize will be awarded to an individual, but the cash will be paid to the individual’s organization.
  • Applications from all over the world are accepted, except for regions and entities 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 money.
  • Applicants must apply for the Prize themselves as nominations are not allowed. 
  •  For semi-finalists, a letter/video of endorsement should be provided from each one of the following:
    • A Colleague
    • A Funder or Operational Partner
    • A person you’ve impacted
  • Semi-finalists who are contacted and cannot provide letters of recommendation and supplemental information may be removed from further consideration by the deadline.
  • Winners will be required to provide quarterly written updates on their organization’s progress for 3 years.

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Application Instructions

Applications should be made in English. For non-English submissions, a translation should be drafted.

  • To apply, submit an application package consisting of these five materials and information:
    • About You: Personal and Organization Information- should entail basic information about you and your organization and a scanned copy of your passport.
    • Pitch: Make a  2-3 minute video pitch explaining why you deserve this award.

After recording, provide a link in the application, either from an online drive such as Google or Dropbox or from an online video platform such as YouTube.

    • About Your Work: Answer 5 short answer questions about your work requested in the application.
    • Description of how your work satisfies the Judging Criteria: Describe in 250 words or less, how you have achieved each of the Prize’s criteria.
    • Supplemental Organizational Details: Submit proof of your organization’s registration details including the certificate of registration, incorporation or tax exemption, and other supplemental information.
  • Letters of recommendation for submission with official letterhead and original signature. 
  • Click here to apply 

About the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award

The Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award was established by Cisco and Global Citizen to honor young people bringing positive change to the world, show the impact that young people have on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and accelerate global problem-solving.

Global Citizen is an action organization dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty. 

Global Problem Solvers innovate as technologists, think as entrepreneurs, and act as social change agents to solve global problems like poverty, inequality, hunger, and more.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Applications will close for submission at 11:59 pm (EDT) on Sunday, Sept 20, 2020.

Up to 10 shortlisted semi-finalists will be notified by October 15, 2020.

The 3 finalists will be notified by October 30, 2020.

10 semi-finalists will be shortlisted and move on to the next phase to 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 move forward to a public vote and final round of judging.

Entrants in the award will be judged by a group of Global Citizen, Cisco, and independent experts based on the following criteria:

  • 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 extending this work in the next 3-5 years, including how the prize will advance efforts. 
  • Catalyst: Inspires other young people to impact 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. 

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 broadcast in December 2020. 

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

Cisco and Global Citizen jointly launched the Cisco Youth Leadership Award because they believe that young people worldwide are actively working to provide and implement innovative solutions to achieve the Global Goals, and to accelerate global problem-solving. 

Past Winners

Wawira Njiru: 2018 Winner-

  • Wawira Njiru 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 subsidized nutritious school lunches. 

Click here for more on the 2018 Cisco Youth Leadership Award Winner. 

Priya Prakash: 2019 Winner-

  • 28-year-old Priya Prakash is the Founder and CEO of HealthSetGo, an organization integrating technology and health care to empower parents, doctors, schools, and governments to make data-driven decisions to improve the health and lives of children across India. 

Click here for more on the 2019 Cisco Youth Leadership Award Winner. 

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