Deadline: February 28, 2023
Applications are open for the International Eco-Hero Awards 2023 for Young Environmentalists. Action For Nature (AFN), a non-profit organization, created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16.
AFN encourages young people around the world to carry out individual environmental action projects. They believe that young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way we live on our planet.
Winners will receive:
- Public recognition and media press release
- Cash prize up to $500
- Certificate of Achievement for outstanding efforts to help protect and preserve the environment
- Exclusive access to the Eco-Hero Alumni Facebook group
Just as importantly, winners will serve as role models for other young people by demonstrating that each individual can make a difference.
- Open to applicants who have initiated an environmental project of their own.
- Applicants must be aged 8 to 16 and no more than 16 years of age on February 28, 2023.
- The project concerns environmental health, advocacy, research or protection of the natural world.
- The project is action-based and self-initiated, and not one assigned by a teacher or other adult.
- The project should be at least 6 months long and close to completion or completed within the last year.
- If the project is an invention, some trials should be completed before applying.
- Science Fair and Scouting Badge projects will only be considered if they include environmental action, educational outreach to others or extended studies beyond the Science Fair and Scouting Badges.
- They do not accept projects related to domestic or confined animals and compositions or reports.
- Previous winners, immediate relatives of AFN board members, active reading panel members, or judges, may not apply.
- Only applications in English are accepted.
Preference is given to projects of 2+ years and/or ongoing projects.
The applications will be judged according to several criteria, including but not limited to:
- length of time devoted to the project
- influencing/educating others
- use of outside resources (e.g. library, experts, media, community leaders)
- degree of success in reaching goals
- the impact on the environment
Read the Application Guidelines to see if you are eligible to apply to become a Young Eco-Hero. If you or someone you know is eligible, encourage them to apply.
For more information, visit International Eco-Hero Awards.