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In celebration of both Ziauddin and Malala’s tireless work on behalf of girls across the world, the Women’s Fund seeks to award up to five Raise Your Voice Awards to local middle and/or high school students who are standing up in support of positive changes in their communities.

Raise Your Voice Awards will provide financial support of up to $1,000 for young leaders in Central Texas who want to speak up, take action and create change. We believe that by engaging actively in our community, everyone can contribute to the peace and prosperity of our entire world.

The Malala Fund recently published a guide to taking action for girls’ education—Raise Your Voice with Malala. This free resource gives girls the tools to raise their voices to make the changes they think are needed in their communities. Using this guide, we are challenging young advocates in Central Texas to become part of the next generation of leaders in this community and beyond.

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The Award

How to apply


  • Applications accepted October 17 - November 14

  • Finalists notified on December 11

  • Winners announced at Keyholder on January 30, 2020


  • Young changemakers—either individually or in groups—currently in middle or high school in Travis, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson Counties are eligible to apply.

  • An authorized representative from the students’ campus or school-based organization must endorse the application and agree to accept the financial award in the event that the project is selected.



Finalists and their families will be invited to attend Keyholder to hear directly from Ziauddin Yousafzai and to be among a community of givers that has prioritized investment in women and girls.

As part of the program, winners will be announced and their videos will be shown to the audience of 750 local leaders and philanthropists. Raise Your Voice Awards will be payable directly to the campuses or organizations supporting the winning projects, to be used exclusively in support of action on behalf of their projects.

*Supporting documents

We can gain peace, grow economies, improve our public health and the air that we breathe. Or we can lose another generation of girls.
— Malala, address to Canadian Parliament, April 2017