2016 Application Guidelines

Action For Nature (AFN), a non-profit organization, has created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16. AFN encourages young people around the world to carry out individual environmental action projects. We believe that young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way we live on our planet.

Winners are selected by a team of independent judges with experience in environmental issues.

Judging Criteria

Preference is given to projects of 2+ years and/or ongoing projects.

The applications will be judged according to several criteria, including but not limited to:

  • originality
  • difficulty
  • organization
  • length of time devoted to the project
  • influencing/educating others
  • use of outside resources (e.g. library, experts, media, community leaders)
  • degree of success in reaching goals
  • the impact on the environment.

Application Requirements

  • The project concerns environmental health, advocacy, research or protection of the natural world.
  • The project is action-based and self-initiated, and not one assigned by a teacher or other adult.
  • The project is close to completion or was completed within the last year.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 16 on Feb. 28, 2016.
  • Science Fair and Scouting Badge projects will only be considered if they include environmental action, educational outreach to others or extended studies beyond the Science Fair and Scouting Badges.
  • We do not accept (a) projects related to domestic or confined animals, (b) compositions or reports. 
     
    Previous winners, immediate relatives of AFN board members, active reading panel members, or judges, may not apply 
     

DEADLINE

If you meet these requirements, complete the application available on our website  by Feb. 28, 2016. The application MUST be completed through the website.

Note that applications must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2016 

Award winners will be notified in May 2016.

Prizes

Winners will receive public recognition, cash prizes and certificates for their outstanding efforts to help protect and preserve the environment. Just as importantly, winners will serve as role models for other young people by demonstrating that each individual can make a difference.

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