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Brower Youth Award

Awards to USA, Canada, and International Teens
and Young Adults for Environmental Advocacy

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Earth Island Institute - New Leaders Initiative (NLI)

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 8:59 PM PST


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Awards of $3,000 to USA and territories, Canada, Mexico, and Caribbean Islands youth (ages 13 to 22) to recognize exceptional environmental leadership and advocacy. Applicants are judged based on the significance of their projects, as well as their leadership role in its creation and implementation.

In addition to the cash prize, each of the six award recipients will receive a professionally produced short film about their work, and flight and lodging accommodations for a week-long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. During their stay in California, the recipients will participate in a coaching, visioning, leadership activities, speaking and media engagements. The Fund invests in their continued success by providing ongoing access to resources, mentors, and opportunities to develop leadership skills. The week of activities culminates in the awards ceremony in front of more than 800 guests in San Francisco on October 15, 2019.

Review Criteria:
- Outstanding Youth Leadership: Applicant played the major leadership role in creating, organizing, and implementing the project or campaign(s).
- Issue and Approach: Project applies fresh solutions and approach to relevant environmental challenges.
- Project Impact, Scalability, and Replicability: The project’s impact is significant, and can be used as a model for other communities or campuses.
Charisma, Personal Commitment and Trajectory: Applicants explain what draws them to their work, and what winning the award would mean to them.

The Brower Youth Awards are looking to recognize the leader of a group or an effort. While the Institute will consider applicants who are implementing individual efforts, it is the Institute’s tendency to focus on leaders of groups and efforts.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155875

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Youth environmental change leaders ages 13 to 22 (as of July 1, 2019) living in North America (including Mexico, Canada, some Caribbean Islands) and US “Territories” are encouraged to apply.

The Institute will not consider applicants who are implementing research and science fair projects, unless it is part of ongoing environmental efforts involving a larger group.

Earth Day and one-time conferences: The Institute understands the impact and necessity of Earth Day, conferences and one-time gatherings. However, the Institute typically will not consider one-time gatherings for the award, unless the event produced long-term measurable impacts in which you have continued to play a significant leadership role.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 8:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

You must complete your own application. Parents, friends, mentors, teachers, etc. must not complete it for you.

In addition to meeting award eligibility requirements and following all instructions to complete the online application, each applicant must submit:

- Photograph of yourself
- Letter of support from someone who is familiar with you and your environmental work (cannot be from a parent or guardian)

Please contact staff well in advance of the deadline for support with the submission of your application or clarifying questions.

Staff will review all applications and an external panel of judges vets all semi–finalists. If you are selected as a semi–finalist, a Skype Video Call will be scheduled with you. Finalists will be notified by June and a letter of recommendation will be required from someone who is familiar with the finalists’ work. All Brower Youth Award applicants are notified of their status by August.

Contact Information:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.