Sunday, April 22, 2012

Awards Honoring Young People Doing Outstanding Work to Protect the Planet

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this award opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information].

Deadline: May 14, 2012

Earth Island Institute Seeks to Honor Next Generation of Environmental Activists With Brower Youth Awards

The Earth Island Institute is accepting applications from young environmental activists for the thirteenth Annual Brower Youth Awards.

The awards are designed to recognize the outstanding leadership efforts of young people who are working for the protection of the planet. The program seeks to highlight the accomplishments of these new leaders and to invest in their continued success by providing ongoing access to resources, mentors, and opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Young activist leaders between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of July 1, 2012) living in North America are eligible to apply.

The program seeks individuals with vision, motivation, and leadership skills. Applicants should have played the major leadership role in creating, organizing, and implementing their project or campaign(s). Applicants should be able to demonstrate the positive impact of their project on the environment and community in terms of measurable results (e.g., acres of wildlife habitat protected or restored, number of people engaged in environmental issues because of the project, numbers of children no longer exposed to toxins, etc.).

Projects should fall into one or more of the following broad categories: conservation — work to eliminate or decrease the use of finite natural resources and the negative impacts on ecosystems and communities; preservation — work to protect ecosystems, species, indigenous cultures, and other irreplaceable elements of the world's natural heritage; and restoration — work to re-establish the healthy functions of an ecosystem, parts of ecosystems, and human communities that manage ecosystems.

Each of the six awardees will receive a $3,000 cash prize, 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 camping trip, leadership activities, speaking engagements, trainings, and environmental conferences. The week of activities culminates in the awards ceremony on October 16, 2012.

Visit the program Web site for complete guidelines and the application form.

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