About the Project
Open to all UWC schools and colleges, and presented by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative in partnership with UWC International, Young Aurora aims to encourage UWC students to engage in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and practical manner with current humanitarian issues affecting a community. Young Aurora recognises student projects designed to have meaningful impact – and provides one winning team each year with a financial grant to further the development of their project.
Young Aurora's mission is to encourage, support, and showcase student-driven projects which address concrete humanitarian issues and offer solutions through innovative and sustainable approaches.
Project proposals submitted to compete for Young Aurora funding address a broad and diverse range of humanitarian issues identified in the vicinity of UWC schools and colleges, and often propose close collaborations with local communities.
Young Aurora 2020
The fourth round of Young Aurora has now been confirmed. Student teams at each of the UWC schools and colleges, and the African Leadership Academy, are encouraged to enter one project per school for the chance of presenting their projects to an accomplished panel of humanitarians, entrepreneurs and world leaders, this year online. The winning team will receive a $4,000 grant towards the further development of their project. You can find more details on this year’s project and how students can apply in the Young Aurora 2020 Project Passport.
Past Years of the Project
In 2017, the project from UWC Robert Bosch College was announced as the winner of the first-ever Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC. In 2018, it was UWC Changshu China that came out on top.
In the most recent edition of Young Aurora, after a highly competitive process involving student-initiated projects from across UWC schools and colleges and the African Leadership Academy, the three teams that reached the final were:
- UWC Atlantic with Young Voices
- UWC East Africa with Smokeless Kitchens
- Pearson College UWC with Precious Plastic
You can read more about each of the above projects and watch their project videos here.
At the final, UWC East Africa's Smokeless Kitchens team came out on top, winning $4,000 to further develop their project. And in a last minute twist of the competition, showing just how impressed the jury were with all three projects, both runner-up teams were awarded $2000 each. You can find out more about the final stage of the 2019 competition here.
UWC thanks the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative for their continued support of UWC students in their initiatives for meaningful change - helping them to put gratitude in action.