Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit, presented by Etihad Airways, is back for the seventh year! 

Taking place virtually in 2021, the Summit is connecting over 500 young leaders from 25 cities to celebrate their contributions to changing lives in communities around the world using the power of football.  

This year’s event features live educational discussions around mental health, adapting, managing behaviours, female empowerment and mentorship, as well as peer-voted Young Leader awards, quizzes, and interactive tasks.  

Watch the videos below to find out more from our Young Leaders about their projects and stay tuned for updates throughout the week.

Last Year’s Summit

Watch this recap of the Young Leaders Summit in 2020.


Young Leaders Awards

At the 2021 Young Leaders Summit, we launched our new Young Leader Awards, voted by their peers. Check out the winners and their stories below: 

The Yecid Bolaño Award for Inspiring Young People 

An award for the young leader who inspires and drives change in their communities and who acts as a role model for their peers. 

Gabby, Melbourne 

Gabby from City in the Community Melbourne has a passion for supporting her community, especially young women from disadvantaged backgrounds in her community. In the last 12 months, she has delivered a special community project on mental health.  

Angie, Barranquilla 

Angie sets the benchmark for creating positive change in the community of Las Malvinas in Barranquilla, Colombia. An inspiration to others, Angie uses football to engage vulnerable city kids and show them a positive path for their future.  

Outstanding Leadership Award 

Award for the young leader who exemplifies significant leadership skills within their community. 

Shereen, Kuala Lumpur 

Always willing to go the extra mile, Shereen’s passion for education and her genuine care for participants are huge assets to the Cityzens Giving project in Kuala Lumpur which uses football to engage hard-to-reach children and set them on a new path. 

Daniela, Mexico City 

Daniela is a young leader in Mexico City, using football to instil positive values and life skills in local underprivileged youth. Always bringing new ideas and methods to the programme, she is a true leader who positively impacts the wellbeing of children and their families. 

Community Coaching Award 

Award for the young leader whose efforts and achievements in football vitalise communities, bring people together and support physical and mental wellbeing. 

Beth, Manchester  

Beth works with City in the Community on the City Girls project and is leading the way in community coaching, adapting over the past year to new challenges with online delivery and developing her confidence and leadership skills.  

Andressa, Sao Paulo 

Andressa is a young leader in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Committed to always learning more about football as a tool for social change, Andressa uses football to help create an inclusive and fun environment for local city kids, building their aspirations for a brighter future.  

Team Player Award 

Award for the young leader who is always kind and supportive with their colleagues. 

Mindy, Kuala Lumpur 

Always helpful, thoughtful and smilingMindy excels as a team player and uses the power of football to help set city kids on the right path in their education in Kuala Lumpur.  

Idanys, Barranquilla 

Idanys is the epitome of a team player and inspires other young leaders to achieve their collective goals in Barranquilla. Idanys uses football to provide hope and develop a sense of belonging in local young people, encouraging them away from drugs and crime.  

Outstanding Adaptability Award 

Award for the young leader who demonstrated their ability innovate, adapt and diversify during this challenging year. 

Avishek, Kolkata 

Avishek is dedicated to supporting underprivileged children in Kolkata. Last year, he supported over 400 children and families with vital health messaging during the Covid-19 pandemic as part of a wider programme supported by Cityzens Giving and TECNO Mobile.  

Paola, Mexico City 

Since the pandemic started, Paola has come up with creative ways to still positively impact the lives of children in Mexico City. During a tough year, she has used different media and found new ways to keep participants active and connected and to bring more young people into the programme.