King Hamad Youth Empowerment Award

The Kingdom of Bahrain, led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, believes that now is the best time to invest in youth for what the world obtains of characteristics and scientific components and technology that push young people to spread their creations and introduce themselves as active models in their countries who could be relied upon to raise goodness and development in the world. Notably that the youth of the world are of nearly 2 billion persons, which is equivalent to one-third of the world's population.

The youth of the world today strive to empower themselves in all respects and look forward to take a real position in the development process taking place in various countries of the world. Youths are also well aware that their actual participation in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the best way to build a new world.

The Kingdom of Bahrain offers a set of pioneering initiatives in the field of youth empowerment and skills development stemming from the Kingdom’s great faith in youths as they are the engine and the main motive of the developmental process, and that they are the mean and purpose of development. Thus, we must continue to invest in young people through training and providing them with skills and experience, so that the world youth remains on a high level of creativity and excellence.

The Youth Empowerment award comes as an initiative from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as the first award of its kind that will be open to all Member States. This initiative aims to empower young people and give them the attention, encouragement and motivation needed. It will encourage all eligible participants to improve the enabling environment and infrastructure for youth to allow them to be effective and productive citizens contributing to their communities.

This initiative enhances the role of the Kingdom of Bahrain in youth development and its commitment to sustainability, through the involvement of all segments of society in it, particularly young people, as they own the abilities and energies that will achieve this. The initiative also aims to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that aim to provide the best for young people's future and through this award; all nominees will have achieved SDG targets.

This prestigious award including all that it will stand for and its goals, will get all sectors of the community involved and bring us a step forward in not only raising awareness for the importance of the youth but take us a step forward to achieving many goals that will help us create a better future.

This award will be awarded in four different categories; governments, private sector, non-profit organizations and individuals. All of the applicants except for the government sector must be accredited and recognized by the concerned member state, which they are applying from; the Kingdom of Bahrain will take full responsibility of all financial commitments towards this award. The award should be launched during the ECOSOC Youth Forum in order to identify the nominations and assess and review their proposal by the judging committee.

Objectives

  • Stimulate Different Sectors to Empowering Young People
  • Encourage Various Sectors to Work on a Better Future for the Youth
  • Focus on Youth Supporters
  • Draw the Attention of the World to the Unique Youth Experiments and Make Them Accessible for the World to Use 
Award Categories & Criteria

Goverment Sector

The awardee will receive a certificate of recognition and a trophy for demonstrating strong performance against the following criteria:
  • Inclusion of youth in leadership and decision-making
  • Proven contributions to youth empowerment and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Quality of programs and services provided to youth
  • Diversity of programs and services provided to youth
  • Use of innovation and creativity to reach youth
  • Strength of evidence for program impact
  • Number of youth reached annually
  • Reputation and recognition in the field of youth empowerment
  • Number of national and international awards received
  • Organizational health and sustainability
  • Must be a formal ministry or authority that reports to the government

Non-profit and International Organizations

The awardee will receive a $25,000 grant, a certificate of recognition and a trophy for demonstrating strong performance against the following criteria:
  • Inclusion of youth in leadership and decision-making
  • Proven contributions to youth empowerment and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Quality of programs and services provided to youth
  • Diversity of programs and services provided to youth
  • Use of innovation and creativity to reach youth
  • Strength of evidence for program impact
  • Number of youth reached annually
  • Reputation and recognition in the field of youth empowerment
  • Number of national and international awards received
  • Organizational health and sustainability
  • Must be a certified non-profit organization

Private Sector

The awardee will receive a certificate of recognition and a trophy for demonstrating strong performance against the following criteria:
  • Financial commitment to social impact and youth empowerment
  • Inclusion of youth in leadership and decision-making
  • Support and empowerment of youth employees
  • Proven contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Quality of programs and services provided to youth
  • Diversity of programs and services provided to youth
  • Use of innovation and creativity to reach youth
  • Strength of evidence for program impact
  • Number of youth reached annually
  • Reputation and recognition in the field of youth empowerment
  • Number of national and international awards received
  • Must be a certified for-profit company

Individual

The awardee will receive a $25,000 grant, a certificate of recognition and a trophy for demonstrating strong performance against the following criteria:
  • Proven contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals through academic, professional, and/or voluntary accomplishments
  • Examples of innovation, creativity and thought leadership
  • Strong reputation among peers, colleagues and mentors
  • Number of national and international awards received
  • Number of youth societies and associations the individual is a part of
  • Voluntary work completed to benefit his or her community
  • Must be age 15 to 30
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