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DHL and WE Continue to Empower Exceptional Young Americans With the Third Annual Youth Fellowship Award

  • The DHL Youth Volunteer Fellowship Award celebrates young Americans who are leading change through their commitment to social service
  • The award is open to youths aged 13-18 from six states
  • Eligible candidates can apply now at WE.org/dhl

Press Release – Plantation FL, Oct. 4, 2018: 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.


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