2022 Finalists



Restoring Hope

Dale Hendricks jumped into action after learning that many young people in his community in South Africa were going to school hungry. He and a few friends decided to step in and went on to create Restoring Hope, a community organization that was able to provide over 100,000 meals during the Covid-19 pandemic, and continues to provide clothing, services and mentorship to young leaders in the community to realize their true potential.

Location: South Africa

Elliott Lancaster

Elliott Lancaster is a young entrepreneur on a mission - to use education and technology to create healthier and more sustainable communities. Elliott created his own social enterprise and app, Utter Rubbish, to address the issue of illegal waste dumping that often leads to the contamination of natural ecosystems. The app connects residents, local authorities and community organizations to reduce waste in a more cost effective and efficient way.

Location: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Azuraye Wycoff

Azuraye Wycoff never envisioned turning her family's equestrian farm in Colorado into a regenerative agriculture farm, innovation lab and community events center, but she has done all this as the director of the Yellow Barn farm. Azuraye, along with her team and partners work every day to create a community built around regenerative and sustainable practices, education, collective action, shared resources and collaborative play.

Location: United States of America

Zainab Bie

At a young age, Zainab Bie noticed other youth in India sifting through garbage to collect metals to support their family instead of attending school. These images stuck with her as she dreamed of creating a more circular economy connecting sustainability and economic opportunity. She was instrumental in her school becoming a ‘Single-Use Plastic Free Zone’ and created the SDG era - a youth-led initiative and platform to give the youth of India a vision and way to work towards creating a more sustainable future together.

Location: India

Re-Earth Initiative

Xiye Bastida and Joseph Wilkanowski co-founded the Re-Earth Initiative, a youth-led organization on a mission to make the climate movement accessible to everyone by hosting global protests, events, and educating other young leaders on how to take action for the climate. The initiative has over 300 members spanning 40 countries and strives to uplift the voices of those who have been historically marginalized to be an integral part of creating solutions to address climate issues.

Location: United States of America

Mitzi Jonelle Tan

Mitzi Jonelle Tan is a climate justice activist based in the Philippines, who after spending time with the Lumad indigenous leaders became fully committed to organizing alongside marginalized communities for climate justice. Mitzi is the co-founder and international spokesperson of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines, a nationwide alliance of youth organizations, individuals, and councils that advocate for immediate global climate action.

Location: Philippines