Youth Award

Youth Honoree Sarah Cronk

About the Youth Award

$25,000 Minimum Grant

The Youth Award recognizes a young person under the age of 21 who has made significant contributions in the lives of other children. Our Award honors this young leader at an annual Awards Ceremony and grants them funds to elevate their work.

Ultimately, our Award helps extraordinary young people expand their impact and ensure more children’s lives are touched, improved and changed forever.

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Our Vision

Youth Award Honorees are visionary young leaders who run sustainable, high-impact programs for children. He or she is dedicated to serving the needs of children, regardless of political, religious or geographic boundaries. Youth Award Honorees aspire to be lifelong child advocates: they intend to continue creating change for children throughout his or her life.

Youth Award Requirements

Please ensure your nominee meets the following requirements before submitting a nomination.

  • Nominee must be the founder or co-founder of an existing nonprofit in good standing that can receive grant funds if Awarded. This organization must primarily focus on the needs of children.
  • Nominee must be under the age of 21 by the submission deadline.
  • Nominee’s organization must have been established for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Nominees must have been doing this work with their organization for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Nominee must not support an organization designed to specifically advance any one religion or political position.
  • Nominee must be available to attend the Awards Ceremony in New York City on November 5, 2015.

Important Dates

  • January 2015 – Nominations open online
  • April 1, 2015 (at 11:59 pm PDT) – Nominations close
  • April – August 2015 – Review and investigative process
  • Mid-August 2015 – All finalists notified
  • November 5, 2015 – Annual Awards Ceremony in New York City

Previous Youth Award Recipients

Click on an image below to read about just a few previous recipients of the World of Children Youth Award. To see a list of all past Honorees, click here.

2015 Youth Honoree Winnifred Selby

Winnifred Selby


EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative

2015 Youth Honoree Nicholas Lowinger

Nicholas Lowinger


Gotta Have Sole Foundation

Mary Grace Henry World of Children Award Youth Honoree

Mary Grace Henry


Reverse the Course

2014 World of Children Award Youth Honoree Jaylen Arnold

Jaylen Arnold


Jaylens Challenge Foundation, Inc.

sarah cronk 2013 world of children honoree

Sarah Cronk


The Sparkle Effect

michaela mycroft 2013 world of children honoree

Michaela Mycroft


The Chaeli Campaign


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