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 has 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?

Here’s how it works:

  • Young people join innovation workshops to design new solutions to the challenges in their lives.
  • The best ideas in each country receive a small grant, expert advice and mentoring.
  • An international panel of judges selects the top five global solutions.
  • Winners receive US$20,000 and advanced mentorship to take their ideas to the next level.

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. 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.

The global winners will be announced in April 2019. We're proud to help these young innovators to develop their own game-changing ideas and make an impact for their communities.

Meet the teams

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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