Youth Challenge

We are bringing together bright young minds to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing their generation.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore meets participants of the Youth Challenge in Thailand.
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Young people are experts in their own lives and experiences. They have the ideas and energy to create a better world for themselves - if only we give them the chance.

The Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2018/2019, launched in September 2018, worked with more than 800 innovators across 16 countries to answer an urgent question: how can we ensure every young person has the education, skills and empowerment to build a better future?

Launched in September 2019, the Generation Unlimited 2019/20 will take place in 40 countries worldwide and be co-hosted globally by four Generation Unlimited partners – UNICEF, UNDP, Plan International and the World Organization of the Scout Movement, with support from Irish Aid.

The Youth Challenge calls on young innovators to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic engagement. It aims to inspire young people with brilliant ideas, but without the resources to bring them to life. This includes young refugees, those who face daily discrimination due to their ethnicity, their gender or their disability and those who are disadvantaged by poverty.

A call for applications will be launched in each of the 40 participating countries in the coming weeks and successful applicants will be invited to take part in design workshops. Following these workshops, the five most promising ideas from each country will be selected and awarded USD 1,000 each in funding and provided with mentoring to support the projects’ implementation. Then, in June 2020, the most promising solutions from each country will be submitted to a global judging process.

These projects will receive further funding of up to $20,000, along with a tailored global incubation programme from Generation Unlimited partners to support them to scale.

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We recognise that while talent is universal, opportunity is not. So we work hard to support young people who have brilliant ideas but lack the resources to turn ideas into reality.

We're proud to help these young innovators to develop their own game-changing ideas and make an impact for their communities.

A team of participants at the Youth Challenge in Kosovo.
Global finalists

32 teams of young innovators with creative new ideas to support their communities.

Leticia Gasca, one of the global judges.
Global judges

An international panel of leaders from the private sector, government and civil society.

Join us

Two participants present their ideas at the Youth Challenge in Montenegro.
UNICEF Montenegro

“Give it a try! You will become the person who will lead by example, creating a change.”

- Danijela, 20, at the Youth Challenge in Montenegro.

Your creativity and passion can unlock new ideas and create a world without limits.

We hope you can be a part of the Youth Challenge in 2019 as we expand our reach across more countries. Please follow us on Twitter or Instagram to be the first to hear our announcements in the coming months and to start an application.

Partner with us

We are inviting expressions of interest for global, regional and country level partnerships with the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge. This is an exciting opportunity to empower young people, sponsor a rapidly growing initiative and join us in building sustainable impact throughout the world.

Alongside financial partnership, we welcome support for the challenge design, judging, mentorship and business development.

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