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,  LegacyInternational has facilitated the Emerging Young Leaders Award and Exchange Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Young people from around the world are nominated by their embassies and ten are chosen by the State Department to receive this prestigious award. As part of winning the award, the Leaders travel to the U.S. for three weeks and take part in job shadows, professional development workshops, cultural activities and exchange opportunities as well as one-on-one mentorship with professionals in their industry or working with their cause/issue of interest. 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.

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small DOS logoThe U.S. Department of State’s Emerging Young Leaders Award and Exchange Program recognizes youth around the world for their efforts to create positive social change in challenging environments.  The Emerging Young Leaders Award is granted to ten outstanding young leaders (ages 18-24) from across the globe.

The 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