A year-long program that supports passionate, young leaders who are vital agents of change and innovators of solutions for our planet.
Fund and support youth leadership while allowing awardees to pursue their environmental passions.
Cultivate a community of changemakers while amplifying their voices.
Inspire the public to take action in the conservation and regeneration of our planet.
Awardees will receive up to $75,000 USD to support the exploration and development of their early-stage sustainability ideas, projects, organizations, and businesses
All expenses paid trip with other Young Leaders Award recipients to collaborate and learn from world-class experts in climate, environment, and social changemaking.
The ability to grow as a leader through mentorship, coaching, and learning opportunities through the Walking Softer Changemakers Network.
Walking Softer partners with climate, environmental, and grassroots organizations to find exceptional young leaders. We work with partners so that we can identify and elevate strong leaders who have an impact across a diverse array of organizations, companies, and communities
The Young Leaders Award is seeking a well-rounded cohort with a mix of representation across geographies, backgrounds, and approaches to sustainability and regeneration. We encourage interested organizations to contact us to learn more about the Young Leaders Award nomination process. Currently, only leaders based in the US and Canada are eligible.
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