These recipients represent the power of young people to launch grassroots initiatives to improve their communities. These individuals are the future, and they are creating change now.

The State Department is investing in emerging young leaders because

“We recognize the vast potential of today’s change makers. By connecting youth with networks, organizations, and resources that can bolster their efforts to enact positive change, we are supporting a brighter future.”  Legacy International is offering the recipients top notch training and experiences while in the United States so they have the tools to measure impact.  U.S. Dept of State website

On April 20,2016 the U.S. Department of State honored 10 outstanding young people from around the world for their efforts in building sustainable peace and constructive social change in their communities. They  received the first ever U.S. Department of State Emerging Young Leaders Award in Washington, DC, followed by an exchange program that will set the honorees on paths for increased collaboration on global issues affecting youth, particularly those involved in combating extremism, empowering voices, and peace building. Watch the Awards Ceremony.  

Profiles of these Young Emerging Leaders


small DOS logoThe Emerging Young Leaders Award is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and organized by Legacy International.