Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2019/20

Young innovators develop their own game-changing ideas and make an impact for their communities.

Volodymyr Charushyn, 16, and his team from “Hear with the Heart” project delivering a master class for creation of “interactive sign language alphabet” in Kharkiv, Ukraine,
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ABOUT

Aiming to inspire young people with brilliant ideas, but without the resources to bring them to life, the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2019/20 is taking place in 41 countries worldwide and 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 41 participating countries 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.

The most promising ideas will contribute to the success of Generation Unlimited, an ambitious multi-sector public-private global partnership meant to meet the urgent needs for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people on an unprecedented scale.

The Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2019/20 is 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.

Young people collaborate in a workshop.
UNICEF Kenya
A team participates in the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge.

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

Eastern/Central Europe and Central Asia

Armenia

Hungary

Kazakhstan

Kosovo

Montenegro

North Macedonia

Serbia

Tajikistan

Central and Southern Africa

Chad

Congo

Ghana

Kenya

Malawi

Niger

Nigeria

Sao Tome and Principe

South Africa

Zimbabwe

Middle East and North Africa

Algeria

Djibouti

Egypt

Lebanon

Palestine

Syria

South and East Asia

Bangladesh

India

Nepal

Pacific Islands (Fifi)

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

Thailand

Timor L'Este

Latin America, Caribbean, and North America

Brazil

Costa Rica

Guyana

Mexico

Nicaragua

Paraguay

Suriname

United States of America

Uruguay