Apply Now: IB Global Youth Action Fund 2024

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The International Baccalaureate (IB), a global leader in international education, is launching for the second year in a row the Global Youth Action Fund, an award open to all students enrolled in a secondary school, ages 12 to 19, who have a project or idea they believe will make an impact in their community.

At the IB, they believe young people can positively change the world. At the core of the IB philosophy is student agency. Through this award, the IB aims to support student development and growth by offering opportunities such as the Global Youth Action Fund grant to foster independent autonomous learning and nurture future leaders and changemakers.

Each project must be aimed to support one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Funding Information
  • Selected students will receive:
    • Up to 3,000 USD in grant funding, dependent on project needs. Fundings is dependent on what students request and what the IB Global Youth Action Fund reviewers recommend.
    • Mentorship and connection with leaders in social entrepreneurship and other student awardees from around the world.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Any secondary school student between the ages of 12 and 19 is eligible to apply. Students are eligible to apply as individuals or groups, but they highly recommend students collaborate whenever possible. Students do not need to be enrolled at an IBWS but must be enrolled in a secondary school at the time of the application deadline.
Selection Criteria
  • Each project must be aimed to support one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and will be reviewed on the following selection criteria:
    • Impact – Does the project demonstrate a clear positive impact on one of the SDG goals? Preferences will be given to projects with the most impact. 
    • Stage of project – What stage of development is the project in (idea, in-development, scaling, established)? Preference will be given to projects that are further along in the development process and have the possibility of scaling. 
    • Collaboration – Does the project involve or have the capacity to involve other students? Preference will be given to projects that get more young people involved whenever possible. 
    • School support – Applications will require one teacher recommendation form. Preferences will be given to students who have a teacher recommendation that demonstrates their support of the project in addition to their confidence in the students involved.

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