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Apply Now: $50,000 USAID Youth Well-Being Prize Competition

By Wayan Vota on August 7, 2023

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Children and youth are exposed to a wide range of dangers—mental health stressors, digital harm, exploitation, abuse, violence, gender-based violence, and climate change. Suicide is the second leading cause of death globally for 15–19-year-olds. Online bullying and other forms of digital harm are also prevalent, with 23 percent reporting that they’ve experienced online bullying in the past 30 days.

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In a survey of youth from ten countries, 84 percent of respondents reported feeling at least moderately worried about climate change, and nearly half said their worries negatively affect their daily life and functioning. According to a United Nations report, “psychologists say children are anxious and increases in cases of depression and anxiety have been recorded in several countries.” All too often, both communicating the problems young people are experiencing and developing solutions to address those problems are not driven by young people themselves.

$50,000 USAID Youth Well-Being Prize

The Youth Well-Being Prize Competition is looking for young change makers with innovative ideas for protecting young people’s well-being, keeping youth safe, and making a positive impact on the lives and communities of themselves and their peers.  USAID is seeking solutions created by young people, for young people.

These solutions should recognize the diverse identities of young people in the areas of mental health, digital harm, safeguarding, gender-based violence, and climate change.  Innovations should be created by youth with the target audience of the innovation being children and/or youth. Innovations should utilize digital tools in their creation, implementation, and/or use.

Illustrative examples include:

  • A website sharing tips on how to improve mental health and well-being
  • A social media campaign illustrating what you can do to reduce digital harm
  • An online training or in-person training using digital tools and platforms on how to prevent and respond to child and youth violence
  • An online game that increases knowledge of gender-based violence
  • Online organizing such as an online petition, social media campaign, or Whatsapp group that connects youth in safely meeting and organizing community-based, national, or international efforts to plant trees.

Apply Now! Deadline is September 29, 2023

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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7 Comments to “Apply Now: $50,000 USAID Youth Well-Being Prize Competition”

  1. How this program work?

  2. Azi Louis ECHEZONA says:

    Wish to be part of the USAID Program

  3. Koketjo says:

    Wish to part of this competition

  4. Koketjo says:

    Morning honorable I have certificate of NP0 for psychiatric patients my aim is to improve people’s life who find themselves under uncontrolled situation,unfortunately funding is the most issue for startup. Seeing this opportunity is the most important to change people’s life for good.

  5. Lalaho Christopher Adika says:

    Youth for youth affairs is my Strategy to address the problems affecting young people.

    Am writing from South Sudan and will try to apply for this Innovative Challenge 2023.

    I will be more focus on health and their crosscuting sectors.

  6. Lalaho Christopher Adika says:

    I will be much impress to be shortlisted in the next level of Challenge “Youth4Youth Afairs.SSD” It’s a strategy which will look unto the current problems youth are facing and how you they can address it themselves and what support is required to attain the solutions.

    In South Sudan young people and youth are over 72% of its population and addressing their challenges themselves increases ownership and productivity.

  7. belaydamene says:

    Wish to part of this coputition