Amy Biehl Foundation Youth Spirit Award

Amy Biehl Foundation
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Friday, 10 August, 2012
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The Amy Biehl Foundation develops and empowers youth in the impoverished townships in and around Cape Town through educational and cultural activities, while at the same time preventing youth violence, crime, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS through a holistic approach to community development in socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

The Amy Biehl Foundation is hosting its fifth annual Youth Spirit Award event on 23 August 2012 in Cape Town.

Nominations for this annual award are based on evidence of the nominee’s initiative and dedication in service to others. The Award goes to young people who are already making a difference. Our hope is to challenge them to greater heights of service through the recognition of the Award and exposure to Amy Biehl’s life and work. A Selection Committee will choose the finalists and winner from the nominations. At the event, the winner and 2 runners up will receive prizes.

Nominations must meet the following criteria and provide enough detailed information, or they cannot be considered:

  • Young people ages 14-19 (at the time of nomination) are eligible;
  • Nominee must have done voluntary community work, service or outreach within the last 12 months;
  • Individuals only. No groups may be nominated.

About Amy Biehl  

Amy Biehl was a gifted and dynamic young woman committed to making a difference. After extensive work and service throughout the continent, which included working with the Namibian President on the Namibian Peace Treaty, she chose to dedicate her 1993 Fulbright Scholarship to the establishment of a multiracial democracy in South Africa. Amy worked tirelessly with members of the African National Congress (ANC) at the University of the Western Cape Community Law Centre, worked on the new Constitution, women’s rights as well as helped register voters for the country’s first free elections. The Amy Biehl Foundation founded in 1997, works to develop and empower youth in the townships and weave a barrier against violence, HIV/AIDS, drugs and crime. The Foundation runs various educational and cultural programmes in the townships that offer students healthy alternatives to all the negative influences, unlocks their creative talent and creates future leaders and entrepreneurs.

The Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award was founded in America in 1993 to recognise young people in New Mexico who have gone out of their way to bring positive change to their communities and/or the world at large.

To request a nomination form, e-mail to

Completed nomination forms should be faxed to 086 611 3189.

Enquiries: Michelle Bagley, Tel: 021 462 5052, E-mail:

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