The Messengers of Peace Heroes Award was created in 2012 to recognise exceptional Scouts and volunteers to create 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 age of 11 and 26 years of age making a significant contribution to the local community with their actions. These activities also are having a direct contribution to the achievement of one or many of the 17SDGs at the local or national level in 2020 and 2021. Nominations can include individuals or teams (packs, patrols, tams, etc.) specifying the individual's name or individuals in the nomination.
- Nominees comply with the age range.
- It is not a self-nomination
- The project or action carried out in the last 24 months.
- Relevant service with a life-changing project for the beneficiaries or the community.
- Relevant contribution to strengthen and promote Scouting's purpose contributes to developing personal skills in themselves, local community members and achieving sustainable development.
Scouts for SDGs and Better World Thematic areas of Education
Actions carried out during 2020 and 2021 (last 24 months) will be considered for this edition under the following areas of work:
- Environment and Sustainability – Addressing specific issues to tackle climate change, promoting sustainable habits towards eco-friendly and healthy lifestyles, connecting with nature, and protecting it towards 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 productive life.
Also, actions carried out to support:
- COVID 19 Emergency Response – actions fighting COVID19 pandemic, supporting the national authorities and early responders; awareness campaigns and initiatives to help young people, local communities.
Eligible projects should be registered in scout.org before the nomination and include the respective link in the nominations form.
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 initiative
- Projects must have taken place in 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 MoP Heroes, volunteers and staff from the regional and global level makes the final selection. We are sure you know a young person making an actual difference in his or her community to create positive change and sustainable communities.