- The People v. Climate Change
Teen Service Award Winners Fight Illiteracy and Climate Change
An inaugural awards program from National Geographic Student Expeditions honors youth for service to their communities.
A new awards program honors teens who are making a difference in their world.
Two of three young adults taking home prizes from the National Geographic Student Expeditions Inaugural Teen Service Award are dedicated to mitigating climate change, while the grand prize winner is tackling literacy in low-income areas.
In order to enter the running for the grand prize—a National Geographic Student Expeditions Trip of their choice in summer 2017, plus a $500 college scholarship—teens had to receive a nomination from one or more of their peers. Nearly 300 nominations were submitted, with the goal of the contest to “celebrate the contributions of today’s emerging changemakers.”
One of those changemakers is 15-year-old Alexa Grabelle, the mastermind behind the nonprofit Bags of