Deadline: 13 April 2014
Open to: applicants between ages 10-30
Prize: fully funded flight and accommodations to the World Conference on Youth in Colombo, Sri Lanka
What is the most important health problem facing youth in the world today, and why? Submit a response of 500 words or less for a chance to attend the World Conference on Youth 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Young people, ages 10-24, make up 27% of the world’s population. And they face unique health challenges, from road traffic deaths to HIV/AIDS. As people come to the close of the MDG era, it is vital that youth voices are represented in shaping the post-2015 agenda. To do this, the Akili Initiative, in partnership with the UN and several leading youth health organizations around the world, is seeking the perspective of youth voices from around the globe to ensure that these critical issues are heard in the post-2015 policy-making process.
In line with the eligibility requirements of the World Conference on Youth, submissions must be 500 words or less, and answer the following question: What is the most important health problem facing youth in the world today, and why?
The following are suggested topics for essays (but you are certainly not limited to these):
- Mental illness;
- Road traffic injury;
- Sexual and reproductive health;
- Interpersonal violence (gun violence, intimate partner violence, or other).
In order to qualify for the essay competition, writers must:
- Be between ages 10-30;
- Be able to attend the World Conference on Youth 2014, May 6th- 10th, if chosen as the winner;
- Have a valid passport through the end of the conference.
The top 10 finalists will be featured on the Akili website.
The Grand Prize Essay Winner will be awarded a fully funded flight and accommodations to the World Conference on Youth in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where global leaders gather to discuss the post-2015 agenda. They will have the opportunity to take part in a crucial gathering of policy makers shaping the next era of health and development, and to meet other youth leaders from around the world. The winner will also report live from the conference through social media.
Submit a response of 500 words or less to [email protected] by 13 April 2014.
For more information visit the official website HERE.