The Young Voices Award aims to showcase the voices of our youth 12-17 years of age. The first-place winner will receive a USD $1000 prize to help realize their future-focused project and catapult their idea into action. Three others will each receive a USD $500 prize. Six top finalists will also be recognised for their ideas and efforts.
We know that very young people are doing great things to create a better future - and we would like to hear about them. We see this as the start of a conversation with them, so we can learn, listen, and support them as they start or continue their foresight journey.
The qualities we are looking for are curiosity about the changing world and the people around them. They should have an interest in translating new future-focused ideas into action in service to their community. Young Voices applicants should have a willingness to become an ambassador for future and for sustainability.
To apply, applicants are asked to:
- Write a short essay (maximum 400 words) on how a current project or an intended project will consider the well-being of others and the future of the planet. Submissions can be in native language but please include English translation.
- Create and submit a short video (maximum 2m 30s) about what they would want to do with the Young Voices prize. The Video is a pitch addressed to their community persuading them that this project or idea is good or even necessary and giving them reasons for supporting or joining it. Video can be in your native language but please include English subtitles. Please create a new and original video and do not upload a news clipping or old video.
- Indicate which of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) their idea would contribute to.
The project or idea needs to be…
- Clearly stated, including its intended outcomes.
- Novel and innovative in some way, at least for this time and/or in this community.
- Supporting one or two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Video needs to…
- Show their current and/or their potential leadership on this project or idea. They do not have to be in charge of the project, but they should commit to making a significant and unique contribution to it using their individual skills and/or resources.
- Include ways that members of their community have or can participate in this idea or project.