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Introducing the Hero Award Nominees for Best Youth Act

6th May 2015

Hello change makers!

Earlier this week we introduced the Hero Awards where One Billion Acts of Peace will honor the winning change makers who’ve submitted a project on for outstanding service in five categories including Best Youth Act, Best Non-Profit Act, Best Business Act, Best University Act and Best Up and Coming Peacemaker.

Hero Awards

It brings me great honor to introduce the two Hero Award Nominees for Best Youth Act.

#1 The Junior Newtown Action Alliance
#2 Ghana Health Campaign


The Junior Newtown Action Alliance

Click here to vote for The Junior Newtown Action Alliance

The Junior Newtown Action Alliance

The United States has the highest gun violence rate in the world. More than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year and half of those killed are young people between the ages of 18 and 35.

In Newtown, Connecticut on a horrifying day in December 2012, 20 school children and 6 adult staff members were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.  It was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history. In the wake of the tragedy, a gun violence prevention group called the Newtown Action Alliance was formed.  Two months later, a high school student decided to create a youth chapter of the Alliance and then found out it was the very first youth chapter for any gun reform group in the country.  Many students soon joined the Youth Chapter. They decided that they wanted to honor the lives of those who had been lost and decided they would honor them with action.

This year, the Jr. Newtown Action Alliance organized a massive one day event sharing the empowerment and confidence of activism with other youth, building bridges and networks with communities who are even more affected by gun violence than Newtown and helping them develop the skills to stand together as a network of youth from all types of communities to fight for change.

Now, youth have even a stronger voice in the movement.

Learn more about the Junior Newton Action Alliance project and watch their video and visit their Facebook page.


Ghana Health Campaign

Click here to vote for Ghana Health Campaign

Ghana Health Campaign

Last year, a cholera outbreak hit Ghana, West Africa with 17,000 cases and 150 confirmed deaths. It was the worst outbreak of cholera in the city since 1982. Cholera is an acute illness caused by a bacteria that leads to rapidly progressive dehydration and even death. The disease is caused and spread by poor sanitary conditions and the lack of good hygienic practices.

A group of high school students in Ghana, who are part of the PeaceJam program, decided to do something to help stop the spread of this devastating disease. Armed with brooms, shovels, and a refuse truck in the suburb of Accra, they cleared the gutters of filth and then, they sanitized the gutters.  They also held a public forum to educate members of the community about the importance of good sanitary conditions and practices.

Their campaign was so well received that they extended it to include an awareness campaign about Ebola virus, which is another devastating disease that has engulfed and overwhelmed many communities in the region of the world.

Learn more about the Ghana Health Campaign project and watch their video.

Click here to vote for your favorite Youth Act

Voting ends May 21st, 2015.

Stay tuned to meet the next set of finalists.

Entrepreneur & do-gooder.


  • Dawn Engle
    Posted at 12:13 pm May 6, 2015
    Dawn Engle
    Reply Author

    I am so proud of all of our Hero Award semi-finalists — great job!

  • Carrie Steele
    Posted at 12:41 pm May 6, 2015
    Carrie Steele
    Reply Author

    It just goes to show that you are never to young to have a HUGE impact. Our youth are amazing, inspiring, and truly awesome!

    • Jay Castro
      Posted at 4:06 pm May 6, 2015
      Jay Castro
      Reply Author

      I love seeing our worlds youth step up and take on challenges that are much bigger than themselves. It’s truly inspiring.

  • Cedric Chambers
    Posted at 12:45 pm May 6, 2015
    Cedric Chambers
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    Posted at 1:11 am May 10, 2015
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    • Jay Castro
      Posted at 11:07 am May 14, 2015
      Jay Castro
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      Thanks for the great feedback 🙂