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UNITED NATIONS Online Volunteering Awards 2010 and 2012


re:imagine learning by Ashoka LEGO Foundation

Pacemaker status for YL’s Change Generation Rising

Images & Voices of Hope IVOH Award 2012

for Eric

Official Project of the UNITED NATIONS Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014, UNESCO


Official Project of the UNITED NATIONS Decade of Biodiversity 2011-2020


Member of UNESCO's Round Table for the Implementation of the UNITED NATIONS Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

Eric, years 2011-14


share more than 400 awards among them
every imaginable one, incl. the world’s finest

  • World Children’s Peace Prize
  • World Children’s Climate Prize
  • Gloria Barron Prize
  • Brower Youth Award
  • UN Forest Hero Award
  • Right Livelihood Award
  • Young New Zealander of the Year
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • Peace Medaillon
  • Halo Award
  • CNN Hero

Neha Gupta, World’s Children’s Peace Prize, with Bishop Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

"Thank you for helping me realize my dream."

Babar Ali

Youngest Headmaster in the World
Rotary World Literacy Hero Award

"I hope for YL to be in all schools of Bhutan."

Tashi Dorji

Earth Guardians Bhutan Co-founder

"So awesome that you're bringing all of us together."

Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez

Earth Guardians


"The epitome of Youth Leadership."

Ken Jones

Legend in Wilderness Education

"Your kind of thinking is very rare."

Polly Higgins

Earth Lawyer
Top 10 Unreasonable People on the Planet

"We need YL in all of Canada's schools."

Emma Mogus

Books With No Bounds Co-founder
3x MC of World’s Children’s Prize

"Thank you for helping us protect girls from violence."

Usha Vishwakarma

Red Brigade Lucknow Founder
Top 100 India’s Women Entrepreneurs

"YL is a blessing for parents and children."

Robin Grille

Parenting for a Peaceful World

"A must for every kid on the planet."

Kjell Kuehne

Plant-For-The-Planet Global Academy Trainer
Leave-It-In-The-Ground Campaign

"A constant inspiration."

Andrea Mendez-Brandam

Noticias Positivas Radio Magazine Argentina

"Youth Leader opens up fantastic opportunities for young people."

Holger Reuter

Marriot Foundation, Germany

“Positive News. Brilliant.” Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO, Ashoka International

“You are so prolific that I can hardly keep up with you. I have just had a chance to look at the Water issue and found it astounding – so comprehensive and full of new learning for me.” Nancy Roof, Editor, Kosmos Journal

“This should be in 25,000 public libraries.” Veteran media producer

“Excellent work.” Hub manager

“This is precisely what we need for Tunis.” Judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, constitutional panel, Tunisia

“I like the territory that your Water Special Edition covers. I like how the ‘different worlds’ of efforts are put right next to each other as part of a whole. I really was inspired by the ‘can do’ feeling of it, and the focus on simplicity in the context of global, unifying issues. Powerful.” Sustainable Development Consultant

“Internet magicians. In a short time they put together a comprehensive package of reliable information. Their special edition on Water is no exception. With thoughtful words and illustrative pictures they do more than offer knowledge on the Water issue, they will change the water related attitude and behaviour of the reader.” Helmut Burkhardt, President Council on Global Issues

“Very good stuff! I take the liberty of suggesting you think of a future issue on youth (self-) employment. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you think I might be of help in putting together such an issue – and/or perhaps others, focussing on youth (self-) empowerment.” Arthur Gillette, former Director of UN Youth Division


The most inspirational videos I have ever seen.

It makes me feel I want to get up and do something, too.

After the presentation, we signed up 80 new members.

After Crash Course session#1 “Discover Youth Leadership” we harvest feedback.

In the bulls-eye: fully agree

Outside : agree less, not

What do you think do students respond to:

“Is this important for your generation?”


"The most dynamic session in my career as a teacher of English for Adults."

Grzegoz, Teacher, Poland

"Every agrees, the Poster Exhibit was the best thing at our school's project day."


“I have been seeking such young heroes throughout my teaching career. I need those for all my classes. For global learning, on ethical values, youth self image…”

“I would think that for school-age kids around the world, this would be an eye-opener!”

“I just used some stories in my English class. It has been the most energized lesson ever. Even the most quiet students had something to say. They are inspired and wish to know how they can get involved.”

“I used your poster set on the Peace Day. Ameena and Adam have been a smash hit with the students. Everybody was there, the teachers, the principal, the students were so excited. You should have been there! They want to know more about using YL media at school.”

“To be honest, I had been very tired in the morning, but the experience has been incredible. It has been such a rewarding experience. YL can do so much for these children.”

“Whenever we treat global issues, a dark cloud is forming above the class. But with these young role models and solutions, everything has changed. Students are so inspired and eager to learn more. I still cannot believe what has happened.”

“As a teacher, I would think that this would be most appealing to high school students. However, some teachers might decide to use it with older middle school kids, especially those that have been touched by gang violence. People like Ameena would be wonderful role models for them – the earlier we start, the better!”

“As a teacher it makes me feel incredibly happy to read such inspiring and incredible articles about young people being proactive and making a difference in the world.”

“After reading these stories I introduced the ideas to my afterschool class. They researched the topics and people discussed in small groups and fed back to the rest of the class. It was an excellent way for them to practice their English, expand their vocabulary and think about things in a different way. I have passed the website on to my Korean colleagues who have also found lots of inspirational stories for their classes.”

“At the school where I work, I am the editor of the school magazine. The students research and write the articles with my supervision. Whenever we start a new issue we sit together and brainstorm ideas. I encourage the students to “think big” and write about something they care about. I recently used some YL articles as examples of exciting and interesting topics they could focus on. Through the magazine the students are able to explore different ideas and ways of thinking – they were particularly motivated after seeing some stories on the YL website.”

“These posters are excellent! I like the idea of posting them in school so all students see them, and develop their own interest in treating the subject of youth participation in schools.”

“In our school, an active youth group is keeping sustainability education alive through their projects. The wall display and materials will help them become more visible and motivate their fellow students. I will see them through the first steps. Thank you for the great project. Good work!”


“I never knew young people can do this. This gives me so much hope.”

"Thank you for what you are doing for the kids."

Chrissie ‘Fire Mane’ Charley

Artist & Natural Phenomenon

Across age groups, cultures and regions of the world people agree: “This should be at all schools.”

“I have cried many times already. I am going to share this with my daughter when she comes home.”

“It makes me feel adrenalin run through my entire body. I want this for all the people in my country.”

“Your approach to making the world a better place for everyone is so positive and excellent. You deserve much appreciation and all kinds of support from all good people – especially financial support! :-)”

“The stuff that makes you say sign me up.

"Without any teaching experience, I have given 3 Presentations, at 3 schools, to 3 classes age 11-14. Each was different. Some knew more, some less on global issues. All students and teachers loved it, and enthusiastically asked me to come back for session #2 on how they can take action."

Matthias, Caring Dad, Germany