AFN International

Young Eco-Hero Awards

 Every year since 2003, Action For Nature (AFN), a U.S.-based non-profit, has sought to recognize and reward young people who are taking action to solve the world’s tough environmental problems.

We are proud to honor the work of young people between the ages of 8 and 16 all over the globe who have done creative environmental projects with a cash prize, certificate of achievement, and public recognition.
 
REWARDING ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE
Action For Nature (AFN), a non-profit organization, has created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16. AFN encourages young people around the world to carry out individual environmental action projects. We believe that young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way we live on our planet.

Winners are selected by a team of independent judges with experience in environmental issues. 

PRIZES
Winners will receive:

PUBLIC RECOGNITION
CASH PRIZE UP TO $500
CERTIFICATES FOR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS TO HELP PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT
 

Just as importantly, winners will serve as role models for other young people by demonstrating that each individual can make a difference.

To apply, applicants who have initiated an environmental project of their own will document it by completing our online application form (click on Link to More Info, below).

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS
The project concerns environmental health, advocacy, research or protection of the natural world.

The project is action-based and self-initiated, and not one assigned by a teacher or other adult.

The project is close to completion or was completed within the last year.

Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 16 on February 28th in the year of application.

Science Fair and Scouting Badge projects will only be considered if they include environmental action, educational outreach to others or extended studies beyond the Science Fair and Scouting Badges.

We do not accept (a) projects related to domestic or confined animals, (b) compositions or reports.

Previous winners, immediate relatives of AFN board members, active reading panel members, or judges, may not apply.

Only applications in English are accepted.

JUDGING CRITERIA
Preference is given to projects of 2+ years and/or ongoing projects.

The applications will be judged according to several criteria, including but not limited to:

  • =         Originality
  • =         Difficulty
  • =         Organization
  • =         Length of time devoted to the project
  • =         Influencing/educating others
  • =         Use of outside resources (e.g. Library, experts, media, community leaders)
  • =         Degree of success in reaching goals
  • =         The impact on the environment

Application deadlines are typically the last day of February. Applications are available on the website (click on Link to More Info, below) close to that deadline.  

» Link to More Info

For Grantwriting/Program Development Assistance:

Grants Office  
Phone: (585) 352-2773
Email: profdev@monroe2boces.org

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