We are excited to announce the beginning of the nominations for the 2015 AFS Awards with the arrival of two brand new awards. Together with the traditional Galatti Award, we are introducing the AFS Youth Volunteer Award and the #2015 ChangeMaker Award for Organizational Innovation and Social Impact. Please join us in promoting the awards to the AFS global community.
AFS ChangeMakers Award
Changemaking is in the DNA of AFSers. Our volunteers facilitate intercultural experiences that are as life-changing to themselves as they are to program participants. AFS volunteers dare to create change, and that can be translated into innovations in our internal processes and operations, as well as into positive impacts on local communities regarding the pressing challenges of our times. This award, presented in two different categories (organizational innovation and social change), is an opportunity to award those volunteers that are embracing the vast potential AFS has to create change within the organization boundaries and beyond AFS.
Established in 1983, the Galatti Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service honors AFS Volunteers whose commitment, dedication and exceptional journey with the organization have advanced the mission and goals of AFS. During the time, Stephen Galatti served as the Director General of AFS he built and transformed AFS from a volunteer ambulance service into a worldwide organization that promotes peace and global awareness through intercultural learning experiences. In keeping with Galatti’s vision, AFS places the highest value on its volunteers and recognizes them as the drivers of all AFS programs. This award is an opportunity to honor volunteers whose trajectory with AFS are roles models and inspired other generations to volunteer.
Volunteerism has a significant role to play in harnessing the potential of young people. It is an important means of supporting young people in their diversity while fostering their inclusion in global peace and sustainable human development processes. This award is an opportunity to recognize those young volunteers (under 30 years or age) that with their energy, creativity, and passion, move the organization forward. AFS hopes to inspire new generations of young volunteers by recognizing and honoring the fundamental contributions they make on a daily basis to promote intercultural understanding through our programs.