The 2016 Emerging Young Leaders Awardees:

Basel Almadhoun – Palestinian Territories

Hillary Briffa – Malta

Jessel Recinos Fernandez – Honduras

Samuel Grzybowski – France

Asha Hassan – Kenya

Ahmad Shakib Mohsanyar – Afghanistan

Ahlem Nasraoui – Tunisia

Nino Nanitashvili – Georgia

Thinzar Shunlei Yi – Burma

Zulfirman Rahyantel – Indonesia

On April 20, 2016 the U.S. Department of State and Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan honored a group of extraordinary young leaders with the Emerging Young Leaders Award. These inspiring youth from around the world were recognized for their tireless efforts to promote positive social change in their communities. Among other achievements, this year’s inaugural group has been instrumental in creating safe and positive environments for at-risk youth, helped to spearhead inter-ethnic and inter-faith dialogue and reconciliation, and promote democratic transition in their home countries. Following  the awards they will participate in an exchange program around the US that provides skills and training 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. While in the United States they will visit Washington D.C., Roanoke, Austin and Chicago.

25827740954_f2508016de_zThe Emerging Young Leaders Exchange program will continue in their home communities with mentoring and support through a virtual exchange. Upon their return home, honorees will be eligible to apply for individual grants to support their work.

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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.