Youth Award

$25,000 Minimum Grant

The Youth Award recognizes an individual 21 years old or younger who has made significant contributions in helping other youth. Our Award honors this young leader at an annual Awards Ceremony and grants them funds to elevate their work.

Honorees awarded in this category will also become a member of the Jefferson Awards Foundation GlobeChangers program, an incubator for young social entrepreneurs, multiplying their impact through mentorship, training, and a strong support network.

Our 2019 call for nominations is now closed.

Youth Award Requirements

Please ensure your nominee meets the following requirements before submitting a nomination.

  • Nominee must have an existing nonprofit/not-for-profit/NGO/charity organization in good standing that can receive grant funds if Awarded.
  • Nominee must be the founder, co-founder or visionary leader responsible for the organization’s success and growth.
  • Nominee organization must entirely focus on the needs of children.
  • Nominee must do this work over and above their normal employment or work for little or no pay.
  • Nominee’s organization must have been registered as a nonprofit/not-for-profit/NGO/charity for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Nominees must have been doing this work with the organization for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Nominee must be available to attend the annual Awards Ceremony in New York City during the month of November

Read detailed Award Requirements »

Important Dates

  • January 7, 2019 – Nominations open online
  • March 31, 2019 (at 11:59 pm EDT) –2019 Nominations closed
  • April – August 2019 – Review and investigative process
  • September 2019 – Honorees Announced
  • November 7, 2019 – Annual Awards Ceremony in New York City
Previous Honorees

2019, 2013 Hero Award, Youth Award The Chaeli Campaign

Michaela “Chaeli” Mycroft

2018, 2013 Hero Award, Youth Award The Sparkle Effect

Sarah Cronk

2018 Youth Award Bright Young Dyslexics

Caragan Olles

2017, 2007 Hero Award, Youth Award Global Youth H.E.L.P., Inc.

Meghan Pasricha

2017 Youth Award Shred Kids' Cancer

Teagan Stedman

2016, 2003 Hero Award, Youth Award Ryan's Well

Ryan Hreljac

2016 Youth Award Claire's Place Foundation

Claire Wineland

2015, 2009 Hero Award, Youth Award Abari B’Inyamata

Jessica Markowitz
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