Emerging Young Leader Award

Rebekah Bolser


From November 2013 through January 15th, 2014, we asked: Are you a young woman who dreams of leading in politics? Or do you know one? After receiving almost 300 nominations of young women with demonstrated leadership ability and a passion to change the world, we’ve carefully chosen the 10 most outstanding nominees to be our semifinalists. Now it’s their turn. These 10 young women have a chance to get everyone voting so that they can become one of the 5 finalists. Our 5 finalists will be great role models for their peers, tireless advocates for the causes they care about, and leaders in all areas of their lives. Running Start will feature the finalists at our 8th Annual Women to Watch Awards in Washington, DC on April 2, 2014. The Finalists will share the stage with four high-powered women leaders who Running Start will also honor. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony.


Rebekah Bolser headshot Name: Rebekah Bolser
Age: 17
From: Hamilton, Ohio
Claim to fame: International Youth Council, USA Chair.

Why is Rebekah an Emerging Young Leader?

About Rebekah: My favorite quote is “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.” (Kurt Cobain) And I really believe that’s true. When young people raise their voices and stand together, they can make positive change in their communities. That’s what I hope to accomplish whenever I begin a new project. I’m very passionate about several issues and topics including gender equality, safe water access, and education. Although I’m currently in the middle of a gap year, I will be studying International Development and Social Change and hope to continue empowering young people throughout college and beyond.

Why Rebekah is an Emerging Young Leader: Rebekah founded the Butler County Youth Council (BCYC) to help connect young leaders in her community to local and state government leaders. Through the BCYC, young people have an opportunity to voice their concerns and work towards solutions that positively impact their community. She worked with local elementary schools to develop the Pocahontas Project, a project that teaches students about environmental protection and sustainability through art. On a global scale, her work with the International Youth Council (IYC) has led to the IYC Wall of Hands initiative, the IYC water project, and other campaigns and programs that hope to educate young people on a variety of issues, as well as inspire them to take action in their communities. Her main focus is “Think Global and Act Local” by focusing on a global issue then scaling projects to fit local communities and solutions in a way that contributes to the overall goals of global development. She hopes to continue working with the IYC to develop programs that bring young people together from around the world in order to create a more sustainable future.

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