The Young Trailblazer Award

This award recognizes a young pioneer whose vision, contribution, and leadership has broken through barriers, and brought people together to take action that hastens shared progress.


Gender:  Any

Age Group: 20 to 35 years

Assessment Criteria

Innovation: The best entries will demonstrate a creative approach to the challenge they tackle and the solution they propose. Their innovative approach is driven by original, groundbreaking ideas or being implemented in a way that will make a new significant difference to the community they are operating in.

Measurable Impact: Entries should explain how their initiative delivers positive social, economic, and/or environmental impact, using both quantitative and qualitative data. They would be tackling a significant sustainability issue and will have the potential of making a big difference by being expanded to new markets, sectors, or geographies.

How to Apply

Please send in your nominations with a detailed description of your work & its achievements at

Also, please send photographs, videos or any such supporting documents to showcase the purpose, journey and milestones of the community work.
Please mention in Subject : <name> : and The Young Trailblazer Award
Nomination forms must be completed and submitted by December 31, 2018 at


Past Recipients

2018: Gurmehar Kaur

Gurmehar Kaur is an Indian student; currently studying English Literature at Lady Shri Ram College for WomenDelhi University. She is also the ambassador for Postcards for Peace, a charitable organization that helps eliminate any form of discrimination.

In October 2017, Time Magazine used the phrase “free speech warrior” in expressing their opinion of Kaur and included her in their “10 Next Generation Leaders” list for 2017.

She has authored a book, a memoir, called Small Acts of Freedom which was published in January 2018


2017 Faith Gonsalves

Faith believes that an inspiring music class can be the beginning of social and personal transformation. She is an educator and social entrepreneur, and founded the “Music Basti” project in 2008. Music Basti connects at-risk children, artists and youth, with the aim to inspire growth and a sense of community through a creative and joyful music learning experience. As the the Executive Director for Integrated Development Education Association (IDEA), Faith leads projects on issues related to education and gender equity in New Delhi, India.

  2016 : Anusheela Saha

The recipient, Anusheela Saha invented The Light Bag. Anusheela has been working in advertising for over 10 years. A self taught artist, she strongly believes in the language of Design for Good and that is how The Light Bag came into existence. The Light Bag has won the prestigious One Show Pencils award, among other major global advertising awards. Currently she is working as a Senior Creative Director with in a global advertising agency Cheil Worldwide.

2015 :Sonal Kapoor

Sonal Kapoor, Founder CEO & Creative Director of Protsahan India Foundation is one of the most inspiring young social entrepreneurs of our time. A Microbiologist-MBA who gave up her ‘mainstream’ job, right at 23, she started a youthful and a vibrant social impact organization for sex abused and drug abused street kids, special kids and their mothers. Understanding that rote learning would not make sense to girls from red light areas, she innovated through the creativity of Design & Art, Technology, Cinema and Photography to teach them.