Kokoro Scholarship 2024

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About the Scholarship 

One Young World is committed to empowering young people from diverse backgrounds and cultures to become agents of positive change in their communities, and empowering First Nations and Indigenous youth is a strategic priority. 

Kokoro champions mental health as the foundation for a safer, kinder and more productive world. Across their work, Kokoro champion and support ingenuity and collaboration in mental health, elevating the voices of those having real impact on the ground and who are integrating mental health services across the Sustainable Development Goals. 

In line with One Young World’s Indigenous Strategy and Kokoro’s mission to champion impactful mental health actors, we’re teaming up to launch the One Young World | Kokoro Scholarship. The scholarship will identify and connect a multi-disciplinary team of young Indigenous leaders in the USA and Canada who are leading effective and innovative mental health solutions in their communities and countries. 

About Kokoro

Kokoro is a not-for-profit, founded by Natasha Müller, that mobilises action and capital needed to create a mentally healthy world. By 2035, we want to see global momentum behind a shared vision and understanding of what a mentally healthy world looks like. Leaders will have the evidence for how positive mental health contributes to our individual, collective and planetary health, and will be taking action against agreed targets and milestones.

Scholars will receive

  • Full delegate access to the One Young World Summit 2024 in Montréal/Tiohtià:ke, Canada from 18-21 September.
  • Delegate access to the One Young World Indigenous Day on 17 September.
  • Hotel accommodation in Montréal between 16 and 21 (inclusive) September. 
  • Catering for the duration of the event.
  • Return air travel.
  • Permanent membership to the One Young World Ambassador Community. 
  • Selected scholars will also be invited to join Kokoro’s network of ‘Fellow Activators’. Fellow Activators are a group of diverse voices working at the cutting-edge of mental health, that act as Kokoro ambassadors. Kokoro works to champion and sponsor their Fellow Activators, where possible, at different events throughout the year. 

Access to the One Young World Indigenous Day

The One Young World Indigenous Day will occur on Tuesday, 17 September, in Montréal (Tiohtiá:ke) prior to the core Summit dates. This event will bring together young Indigenous and First Nations leaders worldwide to share their experiences, learn from each other, and engage with other One Young World Delegates. The Indigenous Day will reflect the cultural diversity and traditions of the host nation and provide a platform for Indigenous and First Nations youth to showcase their cultures and traditions.

One Young World's Indigenous Day will be open to scholars, delegates and Ambassadors from indigenous communities around the world. 

Selection Criteria

Eligible candidates will: 

  • Be aged 18-30 by the date of the One Young World Summit 2024.
  • Be residents of the USA or Canada. 
  • Identify as members of an Indigenous community. 
  • Be actively engaged in a leadership role of an initiative/organisation that is designed to benefit the mental health of Indigenous people. 

Applications close 20 May 2024