Walking Softer Young Leaders Award

Uplifting the next generation of leaders.
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About The Award

Introducing the Walking Softer Young Leaders Award (YLA).

YLA is a year-long program that supports passionate, young leaders who are vital agents of change and innovators of solutions for our planet. We want to lift up young environmental champions reinventing society.

The YLA aims to:

FUND and SUPPORT youth leadership
Cultivate a COMMUNITY of changemakers
AMPLIFY young leaders’ voices to INSPIRE the public to stand up and take action

Young Leaders Receive:


Awardees will receive up to $50,000 to support the exploration and development of your early-stage sustainability ideas, projects, organizations, and businesses.

Cohort retreat

All expenses trip with other youth leaders to collaborate and learn from world-class experts in climate, environment, and social change-making.

Leadership development

Grow as a leader through mentorship, coaching, and learning opportunities through the Walking Softer leadership network.

Our partners

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.  

We are no longer accepting nominations and applications at this time. Our inaugural cohort will be announced in February of 2023.


The YLA is seeking a well-rounded cohort with a mix of representation across geographies, backgrounds, and solutions approaches to sustainability.

Do you know a passionate young leader? Interested organizations should contact us to learn more about the nomination process for YLA.

Please email awards@walkingsofter.org and we will get back to you shortly.