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.


Applications for the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens are now closed.

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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.

See the detailed Prize Rules & Regulations



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 PovertyGet 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.

Read Luisa's interview

Apply or nominate someone for the Prize

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. Applications are now closed

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. Nominations are now closed

Why an AFS prize?

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. AFS knows that social, economic and other important issues today transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one group alone.

Alongside our other AFS Global Awards, this prize reaffirms AFS’s commitment to developing active global citizens from all backgrounds. To solve pressing 21st century challenges, AFS develops Active Global Citizens who take action to make a positive difference wherever they live, learn, work and volunteer.

This prize is made possible thanks to a generous AFS alumni donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Who chooses the winner?

Using a selection rubric, AFS volunteers will shortlist the qualified applications to a pool of 10 finalists to share with a distinguished international Selection Jury. The Jury will provide inputs, making its top 3 recommendations so that the prize goes to the first choice and is announced during the virtual 2020 AFS Global Conference.

Distinguished international Selection Jury members are:


Andreas Schleicher

Director of Education and Skills at Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Carla Bolivar – 370×210

Carla Boli­var Quintero

Medical Doctor working with COVID-19 patients, AFS Alumna


Daniel Obst

President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at AFS Intercultural Programs


Helmut Schuster

Adviser, BP

Luisa Fernanda Romero Muñoz – Young Global Citizen Prize Winner AFS

Luisa Fernanda Romero Munoz

Co-founder of Get Up And Go Colombia, and Winner 2019 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizen


Regina Honu

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Soronko Solutions


Wendy Kopp

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Teach For All

Previous AFS award winners

Focusing on Active Global Citizenship–and How to Educate for It, the second AFS Global Conference in Montréal (9-11 October 2019)  presented four awards to individuals, organizations and institutions whose worthy initiatives exhibit an outstanding commitment in taking global competence discussions to the next level.

Find out more.

The 2019 AFS Global Award for Innovation in Global Education for a School was presented to Collège Saint-Jean Vianney, in Montréal. The school was honored for helping students from kindergarten through secondary school to become active global citizens. This includes celebrating differences, cultivating self-awareness, cultural immersion trips, encouraging volunteerism and fostering global skills. Éric Deguire is the General Director of Collège Saint-Jean Vianney.

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About AFS

AFS study abroad, learning journeys, volunteer and social impact programs empower young people with essential skills to become active global citizens.

AFS Intercultural Programs is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

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