20 Under 20

In 2016 the Council created “20 Under 20” as part of the Global Young Leaders Program. This initiative will honor 20 exceptional high school students under the age of 20 who are active in their local Junior World Affairs Council clubs and have been nominated and chosen to receive the Council’s award for their proven leadership skills as well as their interest in international and domestic policy. 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 sponsor nominations for 20 Under 20, a Council advisory panel will choose the top 20 students to represent the class of 2018. 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 in this program. However, JWAC sponsors should consider nominating exceptional JWAC students who meet similar guidelines to the Global Leadership Certificate, such as:

  1. Active JWAC member for at least 2 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.

To apply, email Amy Miller, Director of Education, (amiller@dfwworld.org) a copy of this completed form and the required supporting documents listed on page 4.

Based on applications for that year's 20 Under 20 Class, a Council advisory panel will choose one winner of the Global Gateway Grant, a $1000 grant. The winner of the grant will represent what it means to be a Global Young Leader through their proven servant leadership skills, commitment to global issues, academic achievements, and participation in JWAC. The award will be presented at the 20 Under 20 Awards Dinner in the spring.

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