The Emerging Young Leaders Award Program recognizes youth around the world for their efforts to create positive social change in challenging environments.  Annually since 2016,  ten leaders ages 18-24  are selected by US Embassies worldwide.   They represent the power of young people to launch grassroots initiatives to improve their communities.  By investing in and connecting emerging leaders with networks, organizations, and resources that can bolster their efforts to enact positive change, we’re 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.  

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.