Brower Youth Awards

Our Work

Since 2000, the Brower Youth Award has recognized outstanding youth leaders who are making strides in the environmental movement. Under the umbrella of Earth Island Institute’s New Leaders Initiative, the Brower Youth Awards provides an elevated platform to showcase and honor the accomplishments of young environmental leaders. 

Each year, six young people based in North America are awarded the prize, joining a growing and diverse cadre of green leaders who are publicly recognized for their sustainable projects, innovative ideas, and informed analyses.


How We Do It


  • public awards ceremony
  • film creation and distribution
  • media opportunities
  • speaking engagements

Strategic Support

  • leadership coaching
  • funding opportunities
  • goal setting and tracking


  • intergenerational activist discussions
  • cross-sector solutions salons
  • mentorship matching



Our Team

Mona Shomali

Program Director

Mona has taught international environmental policy, environmental justice and ethnoecology courses. Mona has been in the environmental field for 20 years, and believes in the power of understanding and including diverse voices in the movement.

Email Mona to learn about our year-round opportunities, program partnership and support, Brower Youth Award alumni relations, media requests and volunteer/internship opportunities at

Heather Hayes

Development Events Coordinator

Heather is a full-time graduate student combining two of her favorite subjects -religion and environmental studies- in the field of environmental ethics. She takes every opportunity to be outdoors and procrastinates on homework by planning adventuresome trips!

Email Heather with inquiries about our social media channels, sponsorship opportunities, and our annual Brower Youth Award event at