Are you a young person aged 18-30 who is looking to create a healthier environment for other young people in your community? Are you leading projects within a registered non-profit organsiation? Do you have an innovative approach that focuses on tackling the main lifestyle behaviours (tobacco use, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, exposure to air pollution) which contribute to chronic disease?
Non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes and respiratory conditions, are the world’s greatest cause of mortality(1). Most non-communicable diseases are the result of five particular risk factors (tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, exposure to air pollution and the harmful use of alcohol) that lead to four key metabolic/physiological changes (raised blood pressure, overweight/obesity, raised blood glucose and raised cholesterol)(2). It is estimated that 70% of premature deaths are due to behaviours initiated during adolescence(3). We believe that improving adolescent health and well-being will deliver a triple dividend: not only will it deliver major benefits for adolescents, and for those around them, but it will also improve their health as adults and the health of children they will have. An investment in adolescent health is an investment in the health of future generations(4).
Since 2016, AstraZeneca, through its Young Health Programme (YHP), has partnered with One Young World to identify and empower young leaders who are tackling the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their communities. Powered and delivered by a Scholarship programme, more than 100 young leaders have joined the One Young World Community and participated in the annual One Young World Summit.
They know that the One Young World Summit can unlock opportunities, spark ideas, and turn plans into action. We also know that young people often lack opportunities to receive funding and participate in structured development, especially in under-resourced communities and among marginalised groups.
This year, AstraZeneca is going beyond Scholarships to power and deliver a unique YHP Impact Fellowship that provides development opportunities, access to networks, and funding to help the most impactful young health leaders to help them create even more positive change.
By collaborating with One Young World, these inspiring young leaders will attend the One Young World Summit 2023 in Belfast, UK and receive a US $10,000 grant to contribute to a specific project within their eligible non-profit organisation. This grant will assist in the development and delivery of effective health promotion programmes, with an emphasis on under-resourced and marginalised communities in low- and middle-income countries. We believe that access to networks, development, and funding will lead to a global health movement led by, and for, young people.
Applicants must be founders or leaders of registered non-profit organisations that meet the following criteria:
Applicants must be able to propose a 6-12 month project that:
Projects that do any of the following are not eligible for funding:
Selected individuals are expected to fully participate in the YHP Impact Fellowship and One Young World Summit. Any misrepresentation, or inability to fully participate and complete verification in a timely manner may jeopardise their Scholarship benefits and grant eligibility.
If, after selection, the screening and verification process determines that the organisations do not meet the eligibility requirements as outlined above, they will be unable to receive the Grant and the individual’s participation in the YHP Impact Fellowship and OYW Summit may be withdrawn.
That’s why they are creating a bespoke YHP Impact Fellowship which will enable selected young non-profit leaders to receive:
Catering which includes:
One Young World (OYW) is the premier global forum for young leaders. At the annual Summit, the brightest talent from every country and sector debate and devise innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. They are counselled by influential business, political, and humanitarian leaders such as Paul Polman, Justin Trudeau and Muhammad Yunus, amongst many other global luminaries. The OYW Ambassador community of 10,000 young leaders has collectively impacted 17.5 million people to date.