Scholarships

Apply to Join the 2024 YGC Community Cohort

With the “Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards” the Global Solutions Initiative aims to identify and recognize young changemakers from all over the world who contribute actively towards a better alignment – a “recoupling” – of economic prosperity with environmental sustainability and the needs and demands of societies, communities and individuals. The award seeks to recognize concrete practices and impactful youth-led projects that drive change on the ground, while also serving as examples and inspiration beyond their immediate impact.

To be successful, projects must be guided by a people-centric approach, that puts the needs and voices of their stakeholders, customers, workers or communities at the center. Projects must be beyond the idea phase and can include social businesses as well as nonprofit activities. The finalists present their projects at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin.

Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards Applications are open!

Apply for the opportunity to have your work recognized on the international stage at the Global Solutions Summit.

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2024 Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards Categories

Reimagine Business Award

Business and commercial activities can drive economic growth, provide employment opportunities, and spark innovation. At the same time, many current business practices lead to excessive waste production, contribute to the depletion of natural resources, exacerbate climate degradation, and perpetuate poor working conditions.

We are looking for businesses and social enterprises that have implemented a business model that fosters social prosperity and environmental goals.

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Reimagine Social and Climate Action

Many individuals, and disadvantaged groups around the world face significant challenges in accessing basic services like healthcare, food, housing, or education. At the same time environmental crises like climate change, environmental pollution and biodiversity loss are accelerating – threatening our natural environment and exacerbating social imbalances.

We are looking for projects that directly support societies impacted by systemic inequities or climate degradation.

Reimagine Civic Engagement Award

Around the world, citizens’ trust in government, administration, and public institutions is declining – populism and nationalism are on the rise. At the same time, we are witnessing a lack of transparency and accountability for decision makers and a lack of opportunities for citizens and civil society to engage and participate actively in important decisions that affect their lives.

We are looking for projects directly supporting the powershifting towards citizens to engage in the civic space.

Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards Eligibility Criteria for all Applicants

The following criteria need to be fulfilled by all applicants to be eligible, independent from the category in which they apply.

    • Individuals Only: Only individual people can apply. You cannot apply as an organization, only as its representative.
    • Leading Role: Participants should have a leading position in the project or initiative they are applying with. (This can be the founder, co-founder, project-lead, initiator or a similar role.)
    • Strong English: Participants must have a command of the English language  strong enough to present their work in front of a jury and an audience, and to participate in group conversations.
    • Age: The Young Global Changers program aims to empower youth. Applicants should preferably be between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Motivation: The applicants should show motivation to become active members of a global network which aims at bringing about lasting global change.
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Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards Eligibility Criteria for all Projects 

The following criteria need to be fulfilled by all projects to be eligible, independent from the category in which they apply.

  • Recoupling: The project, business, or initiative with which you apply needs to aim at recoupling, i.e., a better alignment of economic or political activities with social well-being and environmental sustainability. This means putting the needs of people and environmental sustainability at the center of economic and/or political activities.
  • Organizational Stage: The project or initiative must be beyond the idea stage. It should be currently active and running.

Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards Eligibility Criteria per Category 

All applicants must fulfill the criteria mentioned above. Additional criteria apply for each of the three categories. A detailed list of these criteria for each category can be below.

Category Eligibility:

Reimagine Business

  1. Social Enterprise

Your organization needs to be a viable entity actively involved in commercial, industrial, or professional endeavors, with a demonstrable capacity for generating a positive impact on social or ecological dimensions.

2. Financial Self-Sufficiency

Your organization may presently receive financial backing from external sources, such as grants, but must aim for financial self-sufficiency over a medium to long-term horizon.

3. Purpose Driven – Alignment Focus

Your business or social enterprise is effectively executing a business strategy that purposefully incorporates and tangibly actualizes economic prosperity with the enhancement of social well-being and/or the promotion of environmental sustainability.

Reimagine Social and Climate Action 

  1. Values–Driven

Your project aligns with a mission or values-centered approach, focusing on not-for-profit objectives. This means that your services are provided with the primary goal of addressing social or environmental concerns rather than seeking monetary compensation.

2. Alignment

Your project has implemented an operational strategy that deliberately incorporates social well-being and environmental sustainability.

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3. Social or Environmental Focus

Your organization must be involved in one or more of the following activities:

    • Directly assisting individuals impacted by ongoing social or environmental crises or persistent issues.
    • Empowering individuals or communities to tackle social, economic, educational, or environmental challenges themselves,
  • Helping to directly address environmental crises like biodiversity loss, pollution, or climate emergencies.

Reimagine Civic Engagement

    1. Values – Driven

Your project aligns with a mission or values-centered approach, focusing on not-for-profit-focused objectives. This means that your services are provided with the primary goal of addressing social or environmental concerns rather than seeking monetary compensation.

2. Civic Focus

Your project aims to increase and improve civic and/or public-sphere engagement. This may include empowering people to actively engage in their civic space, become active citizens and/or help to increase accountability and transparency in decision-making.

3. Alignment

Your project has implemented an operational strategy that deliberately incorporates social well-being and environmental sustainability by doing the following:

    • Directly assisting, educating, or empowering individuals or communities to engage in their civic space.
    • Shifting power to individuals and communities by engaging in the civic space.
    • Creating avenues for people to become more active designers of their circumstances, globally, nationally or locally through civic participation.
    • Encouraging communities to hold decision makers who have an impact on their lives accountable.

Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards Components of the Scholarship

We are offering a full scholarship* for the finalists of the Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards 2024 to come to Berlin and attend the 2024 Global Solutions Summit.

The scholarship includes the following:

    • Travel expenses to and from Berlin**
    • Accommodation for the time of the Global Solutions Summit (five nights, May 3-8, 2024)***
    • Free admission to the Global Solutions Summit 2024
    • Networking opportunities with great minds from academia, business, politics & civil society
  • Access to an exclusive global network of like-minded Young Global Changers
  • Possibilities for further engagement

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