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Alright prospies, TP is turning two in less than two months, and you know what that means: It’s time to start talking about TP’s 2nd Annual 20 Under 20 Awards (see our winners from last year here).

We’ve always been a site that wants to reward young people for doing awesome things. Personally, I have found that high schools (and a lot of times, colleges) don’t always do that. Often times, the real game changers get overlooked, and the kids with perfect test scores and grades get all the recognition. While grades are important, our staff believes it’s important to keep our eyes on the great doers. If people like Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein have shown us anything, it’s that we should be rewarding kids for innovation, creativity, and general awesomeness, not just grades.

Thus, please welcome back the 2nd Annual 20 Under 20 Awards, hosted by The Prospect!

Much like the Forbes 30 Under 30, we want to recognize people 20 and under for building great things and really providing hope for the future. Obviously, we’ll need your help to do that! Has someone young and impressive already popped into your head? You should totally nominate them to be recognized on TP’s 20 Under 20 list!

Whom should I nominate for TP’s 20 Under 20?

The only qualification is that the person needs to be 20 or younger, but after that, the possibilities are endless! Know a fourteen year-old who moonlights as a fashion designer? A seventeen year-old who’s curing cancer? An amazing college kid who started an empowering nonprofit? Nominate them for our 20 Under 20 list!

Important: We’re specifically looking for kids who deserve recognition but haven’t gotten it yet! We want to showcase the next big up-and-comers, the movers and shakers, as opposed to people who’ve already been honored by mainstream media.

What do I need to do to nominate someone for TP’s 20 Under 20?

It’s quite simple to nominate someone! Fill out the quick nomination form HERE HERE HERE, or include the following pieces of information in a comment at the bottom of this post:

  • The nominee’s first and last name.
  • 3-5 sentences about why the nominee is awesome and should be officially part of TP’s 20 Under 20.
  • If applicable: Any media to help us learn more about the nominee! Does this person’s organization, startup, nonprofit, etc. have a website, Facebook page, really cool Instagram, etc.? Make sure to include it!

Note: Nominations must be made through the comment section of this post OR through the online form! We will not be accepting nominations that are emailed to us or posted on any of our social media pages.

How many people can I nominate?

You can nominate as many peeps as you want!

Can my nomination be anonymous?


Can I nominate myself?

Go for it! We’re all about that self-promotional life. Work it, girl.

What is the deadline to nominate someone?

We’ll be accepting nominations until Thursday, February 5th, at midnight EST.

When will TP’s 20 Under 20 list be announced?

The list will go live on February 19, 2015, our official two-year anniversary date!

Have any questions? Feel free to email us at! Also, check out our TP Blogger Awards here!

Know what awesome human being you want to nominate? Sound off in the comment section below!

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Lily Herman is a junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Besides bopping around on The Prospect, Lily is a columnist for USA TODAY College (read the Quad Report, yo); an editorial intern for The Daily Muse; a contributing editor for the campus blog Wesleying; a national contributing editor for Her Campus; and an editorial/marketing intern at HelloFlo. When she is not studying or awkwardly waving at people around campus, Lily enjoys eating Sour Patch Kids and re-watching the Friday Night Lights series finale (she's Team Saracen, by the way). Also (shameless plug alert), feel free to follow her on Twitter, or email her at lherman(at)theprospect(dot)net.

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