DHL and We Charities has teamed up again to offer the third annual DHL Youth Fellowship Award to empower youth who are leading change through their commitment to social service. The award is open to youths aged 13-18 from six states.
DHL, the world’s leading international express services provider, and WE, an organization that makes doing good doable, are continuing their efforts to empower young leaders in the United States through the third annual DHL Youth Fellowship Award.
The award program, launched in 2016, recognizes exceptional young Americans who are leading the charge in service with their transformative actions. It encourages youths to realize their potential, pursue their dreams and continue to lead through service and action.
Now open for applications at WE.org/dhl, youths aged 13-18 from California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York State, Texas and Washington State are eligible to apply.
Applicants are asked to demonstrate how they have made a positive impact in their local and global communities, outlining the specific action plans they’ve taken to address their cause of choice and detailing the positive impact their efforts have made.
Most important, applicants are asked to describe how winning the award will help them grow as a leader and change-maker.
Through the award program, DHL and WE recognize youth taking concrete and measurable actions to create lasting social change. More information about the award, along with the application form, are available at WE.org/dhl.
The award prize package includes an immersive travel experience with ME to WE to Ecuador, where the winners work alongside community members on development projects.
“The DHL fellowship is a unique opportunity for young people to explore a new culture while volunteering on sustainable development projects that make a real difference in communities,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “My experience with our DHL fellowship winners in Ecuador last summer filled me with tremendous hope that the next generation is going to be in great hands.”
Hewitt and Marc Kielburger, the co-founder of WE, will lead the judging panel of influential thought and community leaders who will select the six winners, one from each eligible state. They will announce the winners in June 2019.
“We are so proud to partner with DHL to support youth across America in making a difference in their communities and beyond through service,” said Marc Kielburger. “Each year I am truly impressed by the creativity and passion youth in America who are applying to tackle social issues they care about. They are committed to making a difference in real, tangible ways, and it’s an honor to not only recognize these exceptional youth, but to provide them with the tools to inspire and shape their next endeavors.”
In addition to the trip to Ecuador, winners receive:
- An invitation to receive their award in front of thousands of their peers at WE events taking place across America in 2019
- A leadership session with senior members of DHL and WE to learn firsthand from accomplished social leaders
- Mentorship from a WE leadership member, who will provide one-on-one support to ensure recipients have the tools and support necessary to see their action plans through
For the last two years, recipients of the award have traveled to Ecuador where they experienced and contributed to WE’s international development model, WE Villages. They also witnessed the support DHL provides the WE artisan program, shipping handmade artisan products from Ecuador to North America and beyond.
Video footage from the 2018 winners’ ME to WE Youth Trip, available here, captured their adventure and provides this year’s applicants with an idea of what they could experience should they be awarded the fellowship.
A leader in supporting social programs in communities around the world, DHL partners with WE year-round to help make an impact in local and global communities. DHL Express U.S. is the Official Logistics Partner of WE Day, helping bring the WE Day stage to life in each city on the WE Day U.S. tour.
More than 1,000 DHL employees have volunteered at WE Day events. Since 2012, as part of its commitment to WE, DHL has shipped to U.S. and Canadian retail markets more than 5 million pieces of jewelry handmade by female artisans in Kenya and Ecuador, helping these women earn an income to send their children to school.
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management.
With about 360,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 60 billion euros in 2017.
WE is a family of organizations making doing good, doable. WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering domestic and international change, ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help support the charity, and WE Day, filling stadiums around the world with the greatest celebration of social good.
WE enables youth and families to better the world – supporting 7,200 + local and global causes by volunteering millions of hours of service, shopping daily with an impact, and raising millions of dollars that directly benefit their local communities and the world.
Globally, our teams in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have provided more than 1 million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, and empowered more than 200,000 children with access to education.
WE was founded more than 20 years ago by social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. Join the movement today at WE.org.