Global Youth Action Fund applications are now open to all students


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The IB is launching the Global Youth Action Fund, an award open to all students enrolled in a secondary school aged 12 to 19 who have created and built projects and initiatives that have a social impact on their community.

The Global Youth Action Fund is now open to students, or student groups, aged 12 to 19 and the deadline to apply for the grant is from 23 January 2024 to 27 February 2024. Students do not need to be enrolled at an IB World School but must be enrolled in a secondary school. The grant funding will shine a light on the impressive work young people are doing around the globe, both at IB World Schools and beyond.

“We want to create and offer opportunities which foster independent learning to all young people around the world. We know young people are concerned about the local and global challenges affecting their future, and we want to enable them to transfer that concern to agency and action to make the world a better place”, said Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of the IB.

The Global Youth Action fund is part of the IB’s commitment to elevate, empower and support youth voices and is a pathway to action for the Festival of Hope. Learn more about the IB’s other pathways to action on the Festival of Hope website.

Each project must be aimed to support one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Finalists will receive mentorship and online training on social entrepreneurship along with up to 3,000 USD grant funding depending on project needs, to transform or develop further their powerful idea.

The Global Youth Action Fund will expand the impact of the Dr Siva Kumari MYP Student Innovators Grant, which was launched in 2019 and helped kick start 88 MYP student projects around the world.