The Messengers of Peace Heroes Award was created in 2012 to recognise exceptional Scouts and volunteers who are creating a better world. The award acknowledges and recognises the extraordinary service of young people and their contributions towards community development, the promotion of dialogue and peace, and relief in times of need. Each year, Messengers of Peace Heroes are honoured with this award at a ceremony designed to inspire other young people worldwide to pursue community service with lasting and sustainable impact.
Who is eligible to be a Messengers of Peace Hero?
Young people between the ages of 11 and 26 years who are making significant contributions to local communities with their actions. These activities must include direct contributions to the achievement of one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local or national level in 2021 and 2022. Nominations can be for either individuals or teams (e.g. packs, patrols, teams). Nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Comply with the stated age range.
- Not be self-nominated.
- Be nominated for projects or actions that were carried out in the last 24 months.
- Be contributing to a relevant service with a life-changing project for the beneficiaries or the community.
- Be making contributions to strengthen and promote Scouting's purpose that have contributed to the development of personal skills in the nominee(s) and local community members, and towards achieving sustainable development.
Actions under the following areas of work will be considered:
- Environment and Sustainability – Addressing specific issues to tackle climate change, promote sustainable habits towards eco-friendly and healthy lifestyles, and connect with nature and protect it through sustainability.
- Health and wellbeing – Addressing resilience in young people for their physical, mental, and social wellbeing.
- Peace and Community Engagement – Addressing the issue of resilient communities and sustainable development through youth participation in decision-making processes and conflict resolution.
- Skills for Life – Addressing the development of young people's competencies to prepare them for their transition into adulthood and a productive life.
Eligible projects should be registered on scout.org before a nomination is made with a link included in the nominations form.
Messengers of Peace Heroes are selected based on the following criteria:
- Projects and actions inspired by Messengers of Peace, Scouts of the World, the World Scout Environment Programme, Dialogue for Peace, and any other Regional or national Scout initiatives
- Projects must have taken place within the last 24 months or be ongoing.
- Service actions or projects must have had a demonstrable impact on the community.
- Demonstrated participation of the Scout or Scout group in the development and implementation of the project or action.
A global panel, including Messengers of Peace Heroes, volunteers, and staff from the regional and global level, will make the final selection.
The closing date for applications is 21 July 2022, so nominate a young person who is making a difference in their community to create positive change and sustainable communities!