World Federation of Youth Clubs honors and elevates youth and the work of youth development organizations around the world through The WFYC Promise Awards. Launched in 2021, this award program raises awareness about the importance of youth development organizations and professionals, highlights best practices in youth development around the globe, and shares stories of the creativity, courage, and resiliency of youth around the world.

2021 WFYC Promise Award Recipients

Evans Arkorful
2021 Youth Changemaker

Jireth Camacho
2021 Youth Dream Big

Marcos Jax
2021 Youth Inspiration

Vilma Calderon
2021 Leadership Excellence

Stephen Quansah
2021 Leadership Pioneer

Education First Initiative
2021 Program Innovation

Chadashah Teenage Pregnancy Center
2021 Program Impact

2021 WFYC Promise Award Celebration

Award Categories

Leadership – Honoring the staff, board members, and volunteers working to transform lives
Program – Honoring the innovation and impact of youth programs
Youth – Honoring some of the world’s youngest changemakers

Leadership and Program award recipients are change agents who have had a transformational impact on the lives of youth, families, and communities. Youth award recipients have overcome odds, impacted their families and communities, and embody the promise of the next generation.

2021 Selection Committee

Mona Dixon

Inspired by Mona Foundation

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David S. Evangelista

Special Olympics, Inc.

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Olawale Makanjuola

Olawale Makanjuola

ONE Campaign

Lorraine Orr

Lorraine Orr

Boys & Girls Clubs
of America

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Scott Swinson

Scott Swinson

Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

Dr. Marilyn J. Tom

Dr. Marilyn J. Tom


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
Any staff member or board member of a WFYC Affiliate organization can apply. It is recommended that applicants work with their club leadership on the application.
How do I apply?

On April 15, an application form will be available on this website. Applicants will need to provide basic information (name, organization, country, etc.) and a short narrative about the organization, program, or youth they are nominating.” to “The 2021 application process has closed. Please contact for questions.

What is the award process?
Applications are open April 15 through May 31. Nominations will be reviewed by the Promise Awards selection committee in June and July. Award recipients will be announced in August at a special award celebration.
What is the award?
Award recipients will receive recognition in WFYC communications, an official award video, a communications kit to help promote this recognition in their countries, and a potential cash prize.
Can my organization apply for more than one award?

Yes! We know that all our Affiliate members, no matter how big or small, are making an impact. All Affiliates are encouraged to apply for more than one award to highlight their outstanding nominees.

Who can I contact for more details?

For questions or more information, please email the WFYC staff at