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2021 Global LEAD Digital Storytelling Contest

2021 Global LEAD Digital Storytelling Contest

Deadline: 23 July 2021
Open to: young changemakers between the ages of 18 and 35
Benefits: among other things, the winners will take part in the USAID Global LEAD #WatchOurImpact Dialogue with other VIPs, and they will be featured on GenU’s website


Young changemakers around the world are making lasting impacts in their communities, yet their efforts are too often underestimated. They want to change that. The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Leadership and Education Advancing Development (Global LEAD) Initiative, YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE), and Generation Unlimited (GenU), along with other global partners, have joined forces for this digital storytelling contest to show how youth are using the power of change to make the world a better place.

The #WatchOurImpact Global LEAD Digital Storytelling Contest begins on June 7. Submit an original, three-minute video or slideshow in Arabic, English, French, or Spanish that tells the story of your youth-led actions to advance local, national, or global development and meets the contest requirements. The story you tell can be personal, that of a group of young changemakers, or that of a youth-led organization.

While any type of development activity would be acceptable, special attention will be given to those stories that link their work to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and/or the following key issues:


Who May Enter

The contest is open to all members of the public who are:

Submission Requirements

All video and/or slideshow submissions must:


The five selected winners will be announced on August 2 on and across all campaign partners’ social media channels. In addition, contest winners will:


For more details, please visit the official website.