20 Under 20

In 2016, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth created “20 Under 20” as part of the Global Young Leaders Program. This initiative honors 20 exceptional high school students under the age of 20 who are active in their local Junior World Affairs Council club (JWAC). 20 Under 20 brings a spotlight to young people in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex who consistently give back to their communities and exemplify what it means to be a global citizen. 

Based on JWAC educator sponsor nominations and student applications for 20 Under 20, a Council advisory panel will choose the top 20 students to represent the class of 2019. An event will be held in the late spring to recognize the 20 Under 20 class of that year and will feature a prominent keynote speaker. Students will also be recognized for their accomplishments by WACDFW to the great North Texas community.

There are no strict requirements for eligibility for 20 under 20, but JWAC sponsors should consider nominating students who meet some of the standards listed below:

  1. Active JWAC member for at least two years.
  2. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale.
  3. Attended one International Career Day or PWC Academic WorldQuest during high school.
  4. Attended one WACDFW public program during high school.
  5. Completed at least 20 hours of community service during the year of application and can provide proof of service. 

20 Under 20 Class of 2019

  • Salma A - IL Texas Keller-Saginaw High School
  • Duncan A - Parish Episcopal School
  • Krishna C - Uplift North Hills Preparatory
  • Sahas C - Uplift North Hills Preparatory
  • Kendrian C - Barack Obama Male
             Leadership Academy
  • Tanvi D - L.D. Bell High School
  • Isaac E - Trinity Valley School
  • Daniela G - Trinity High School
  • Tu L - International Leadership of Texas
             Garland High School
  • Alexis M - Barack Obama Male
             Leadership Academy
  • Gurnoor N - Liberty High School
  • Dominic P - Clark High School
  • Guadalupe R - Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School
  • Meghna S - Independence High School
  • Nusha S - Parish Episcopal School
  • Alicia T - Ursuline Academy of Dallas
  • Asher T - Trinity High School
  • Alina Y - Trinity High School
  • Kaitlyn Y - Plano East Senior High School
  • Isra Z - Brighter Horizons Academy


Global Leadership Certificate

JWAC students that meet minimum participation requirements will now be able to earn a Global Leadership Certificate from the Council in May. Senior JWAC students may also be eligible to receive a graduation cord if they meet these requirements. 

To earn a Global Leadership Certificate, JWAC students must be in good standing with their school, plus participate in five of the six following JWAC programs:

  • A Speaker Event
  • A Service Project
  • JWAC Leadership Training #1
  • JWAC Leadership Training #2

  • Pinnacle WorldQuest
  • International Career Day

Sponsors are responsible for tracking and submitting names by the end of April to be sent the personalized certificates. 


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