This AFS annual Prize will recognize one extraordinary young person for their commitment to improving the global community with a US$10,000 cash prize, trip to attend 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 will open in March 2020.

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2019 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens Winner

Luisa Fernanda Romero Munoz, co-founder of Get Up And Go Colombia, is the first-ever 2019 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens 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.


Who can win this prize?

Young people who are leading a project that brings together individuals and communities (representing different cultural, ethnic, religious or other differences) to tackle one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be nominated. The AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates a compelling approach to foster intercultural understanding.

Young people are eligible for the prize if they are no older than 30 years old and are running a project that:

  • addresses a pressing global issue outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • makes impact on the local, national or international level
  • engages with diversity as a key to success
  • can be scaled up and extended
  • leads to a more just and peaceful world

See the detailed Prize Rules & Regulations

Who chooses the winner?

AFS will shortlist the qualified applications to a pool of finalists and contact them for further information. The finalists will be shared with a distinguished international Selection Jury who will choose the Prize winner that will be announced on 10 October 2019 at the AFS Global Awards Ceremony during the AFS Global Conference in Montreal, Canada.

Distinguished members of the Selection Jury include:

How to nominate yourself or someone else?

Candidates who fit the criteria can apply for the AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens by filling in the application form and submitting it before 31 May 2019. Only one application (focused on one project) per person will be considered.

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.

Only fully completed applications submitted before 31 May 2019 will be taken into consideration. Following a review of completed applications, we will contact finalists for more information in order to select the Prize winner.

Applications 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.

Previous AFS award winners

What does it really take to “learn to live together” in a just and peaceful world? At the inaugural AFS Global Conference on global competence in Budapest (26-28 September) five awards were presented to individuals, organizations and institutions whose worthy initiatives exhibit an outstanding commitment to championing global competence.

2018 AFS Global Awards winners

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The 2018 AFS Global Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Regina Honu, Founder of Soronko Solutions. Faced with resistance and misperceptions about the full potential of girls, this young software designer founded the first coding and human-centered design school for children and young adults in West Africa.

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