UN Young Champions of the Earth Program

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The Young Champions of the Earth program is searching for seven young people working on brilliant solutions to climate change. These Young Champions will receive a prize that includes seed funding, training, mentorship, international media coverage, and access to the UN network and a community of change-makers. 

If selected in the preliminary round participants will have to submit a pitch of their project for review by both a regional and global review committee.

Each one of the seven change-makers will receive:

  • $15,000 in seed funding

  • $9,000 to communicate and capture your idea and document and broadcast the stories of hope and change that you’re catalyzing on the ground

  • Attendance at a high-level UN meeting

  • An introduction to dignitaries at the Champions of the Earth award ceremony

  • Publicity and recognition through interviews and online and global media

  • Access to a community of experts offering insights and mentoring

  • Participation in an entrepreneurial training program



Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 30.

They must have at least six months prior experience working on their environmental project.

Click this link to learn more about eligibility requirements.



10 February - 10 April: Application Period

10 April - 31 May: Regional Review Period 

20 May - 1 June: Submission of Regional Pitches

June-July: Global Review Period

September-October: 7 young Champions will be selected and recognized at the Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony.

Apply Here

Applications are due by 10 April 2020!