The Youth Silencing the Guns Award was created by the AU Office of the Youth Envoy to celebrate, recognize and support young Africans behind impactful peacebuilding initiatives that are building a culture of peace.
As part of the Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign “ Advancing Youth Roles and Capacities to Silence the Guns” launched by the African Union (AU) on 24th July 2020, the Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) in collaboration with partners will provide grants to youth projects through Youth STG Awards to celebrate, elevate and recognize youth impact in the communities with concrete support to grassroots efforts, as well as amplify young peacebuilders initiatives and stories through wide platforms.
- The award seeks to:
- Identify six young peacebuilders at the forefront of impactful Silencing the Guns initiatives.
- Raise awareness of and celebrate their initiatives
- Directly support their initiatives with grants of $2000 up to $5,000
- Award Winners will receive:
- Recognition for their work
- $2000 up to $5,000 grant funding to support their existing peacebuilding projects
- Featured at the African Union and partners platforms.
A total of Six Awards will be issued six categories:
- Building Conflict-Free Africa: The award will go to any young man or woman who has contributed immensely to conflict prevention or resolution in their community/ country/ continent through mediation, negotiation, peacebuilding efforts, education, and promoting peace, reconciliation, and unity amongst others
- Silencing Poverty & Hunger: The award will go to any young man or woman who has contributed immensely to reducing poverty and hunger within their community/ country/ continent
- Silencing Gender-Based Violence: The award will go to any young man or woman whose work helps to reduce the incidence of Gender-Based Violence in their community/ country/ continent, or who work to support victims of GBV
- Silencing Youth Unemployment: The award will go to any young man or woman, leading advocacy around unemployment in their community/ country/ continent; or contributing to solving the unemployment challenges in their country and creating jobs
- Silencing Corruption: The award will go to any young man or woman who has campaigned to end corruption in their community/ country/ continent
- Silencing Climate Crisis: The award will go to any young man or woman who has done tremendous work in calling attention to the climate crisis in their country/continent or doing extensive work to mitigate the impact of climate change in their community/ country/ continent.
- The nominee must be aged 15 – 35 by 30th November 2020 (as per African Youth Charter definition of youth)
- The nominee must be national and living in one of the African Union member states
- The nominee must fit in one of the 6 award categories and directly address one of the thematic areas
- Nominee’s project must have demonstrated impact in peacebuilding and directly impact to at least 300 people
- Nominee’s complete contact information provided
- The nominee must be committed to reporting on Monitoring and Evaluation of how the grant/Award supported the work of their projects
- Nominee’s project must be apolitical in nature and must not be operated for profit.
For more information, visit https://auyouthenvoy.org/ystgawards/#about