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Apply now for the International Baccalaureate’s Global Youth Action Fund For Innovative Student ($3000)


The International Baccalaureate is excited to call for applications for the Global Youth Action Fund. The application is awarding a grant of up $3000 USD to 150 student students between the ages of 12 and 19 who have the necessary qualities to become socially aware leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs, who are in high demand in our world today

About the Global Youth Action Fund
The Global Youth Action Fund is a program the International Baccalaureate (IB) started because they believe young people can make the world a better place. Every day, they see young students who are passionate about making a difference, and they want to help support their ideas. In 2019, the IB launched a grant called the Dr. Siva Kumari MYP Student Innovators Grant, which helped start 88 projects led by middle school students from around the world.

Now, the IB wants to do even more to help young people. They are starting the Global Youth Action Fund, which is open to any student or group of students between the ages of 12 and 19. If you have a project or idea that you think can make a positive impact in your community, you can apply for this award. By offering this funding, the IB hopes to shine a spotlight on the amazing work that young people are doing, both at IB schools and in other places around the world.

Funding Information

  • If you are chosen, you will receive $3,000 USD as a grant for your project.
  • The money must be used only for the project that receives the award.
  • You will also get an 8-week online training on Social Entrepreneurship. This training will be organized by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
  • Additionally, you will have the opportunity to be mentored by and connect with leaders in social entrepreneurship, as well as other students who have received the award.
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  • The Global Youth Action Fund is open to secondary school students from all around the world. To apply, you need to have the recommendation and support of one of your teachers at school. You also need permission from your legal guardians.
  • If you have already received this grant in the past, you cannot apply again.
  • To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 12 and 19 at the time of the application deadline, and you should be currently enrolled in a secondary school. The International Baccalaureate (IB) reserves the right to check if you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • By participating in this program, you must:
    (a) Agree to follow the rules and conditions stated here
    (b) Confirm that you meet all the eligibility requirements,
    (c) Agree to follow all applicable rules and regulations at the local, regional, and national levels, to do this, the student and guardian should sign on the page provided on the Rules and Regulations
    (d) Agree to release the IB and its employees from any claims, injuries, or damages related to your participation in the program or the use of the grant, and
    (e) The IB is not responsible for any legal issues or conflicts arising from defamation, privacy, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property matters.

Application Requirements
To have your application reviewed, make sure it includes the following items:

  • Application form: Fill out the application form completely. Attach the required documents mentioned below.
  • Pitch Deck: Create a pitch deck with a maximum of 8 slides. It should introduce yourself or your team, describe the problem you are addressing, present your proposed solution, and explain your business model (how you plan to use the funding and why it’s the best approach).
  • Recorded Video Pitch: Record a pitch video that is no longer than 3 minutes. In the video, explain your project and why you believe you should be chosen. You do not have to use your pitch deck in the video.
  • Teacher Recommendation: Request one teacher to provide a recommendation for your project.
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Please ensure that you include all of these items in your application for it to be considered for review.

How to apply
To apply for the Global Youth Action Fund, please follow these steps:

  • Go to the online submission platform.
  • Look for the Global Youth Action Fund bar and click on the “submit” option.
  • You will be prompted to sign in.
  • You can sign in using your email or social media account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one.
  • Once signed in, proceed to submit your application through the platform.

Selection Criteria

All projects aiming to receive the Global Youth Action Fund will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria:

  • Impact: Does the project have a clear positive impact on one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Projects that demonstrate the most impactful outcomes will be prioritized.
  • Stage of Project: What is the current stage of development for the project? Is it in the idea stage, in development, scaling up, or already established? Preference will be given to projects that are further along in the development process and have the potential for scalability.
  • Collaboration: Does the project involve or have the potential to involve other students? Projects that actively engage more young people in their initiatives will be preferred whenever possible.
  • School Support: Each application must include a teacher recommendation form. Preference will be given to students who have a teacher recommendation that demonstrates support for the project and confidence in the students involved.

Here is the timeline for the Global Youth Action Fund:

  • 9 May Application opens
  • 20 June Application closes
  • 18 July Awardees announced
  • 15 August Student programming begins
  • 15 November Student programming ends
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Types of opportunity: Grant
Deadline: 20 June 2023
Worth: $3000 USD
Open to: Secondary students 12 years old to 19 years old
Duration: 8weeks
Location: Virtual
Organizer: International Baccalaureate
Country: Global

For questions contact Global Youth Action Fund 
For more information, visit International Baccalaureate Global Youth Action Fund.

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