21 Under 21

21 Under 21

OWNing the 21st Century

What is 21 Under 21?

A list of exceptional young students that demonstrate courage, talent, and empathy in their passions or areas of interest. They go above and beyond, make a positive impact in their community, and inspire others to become better versions of themselves. A selected group of 21 students under 21 years old who are championing the 21st century.


Nomination: Dec 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
Vetting / Interview: July 1 – July 16, 2021
Announcement: August 2021

How to nominate? 

Nominations can be made by anyone, regardless of age or background.

Qualities we are looking for someone who:

  • Someone who is championing living in the 21st century.
  • Someone who takes initiative and made a difference in their community, friends, school, etc.
  • Someone who has displayed creativity, entrepreneurial and innovative traits, skills and talent.
  • Someone who represents courage / empathy / passion / grit.
  • Someone who is a changemaker or a pioneer.

What the nominees could share with us:

  • Your non-academic achievements.
  • Any project you are working on or have worked on in the past.
  • Why do you want to be featured? / Why do you think you should be featured?

Age restrictions:

Nominations should be between the age of 12 to 21 as of  1st May 2021.

How do we select?

  1. Round 1: Top 10% of applicants will be shortlisted by the OWN Ambassador committee 
  2. Round 2: OWN jury of judges will select the top 21 finalists

Celebration and What’s Next

  1. Top 21 finalists will be interviewed and featured on OWN Academy’s social media platforms
  2. Confirmed 21 finalists will be speakers at our 21 Under 21 OWNing the 21st Century Summit in September

Does this sound like you? Or someone you know?