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NGFP Young Voices Awards 2023

The Next Generation Foresight Practitioner - Young Voices (NGFP-YV) Awards aims to showcase the voices of our youth 12-17 years of age. The first-place winner receives a USD $1000 prize to help realize their future-focused project and catapult their idea into action. Three others receive a USD $500 prize. Six top finalists are be recognised for their ideas and efforts. 17 projects are recognized for the 17 UN SDGs.

The Young Voices Awards received submissions from young changemakers across the globe, reflecting our next generation diverse and global perspectives shaping our future. Out of the 450 youth that registered 84 of them completed and submitted their application. Our judges had the difficult task of choosing Young Voices Winners this year, selecting youth for their outstanding project proposals, passion for their sector and use of futures thinking. 30 Young Voice Projects were recognized from all around the world. 60% of entries came from youth ages 15-17, and almost 20% were remarkably from youth 12 years of age. Spanning over 40 countries, projects flowed in from Nigeria to Nepal, Egypt to Brazil, and beyond. . . Project ideas from building compost solutions in New Zealand or empowering girls in Pakistan, youth foresight links to local needs but thinks globally.


Youth from around the world are taking action to create positive change in their communities. From Uganda to Kazakhstan, young leaders are launching initiatives to advance education, empower women, protect the environment, and more. In Peru, students are being trained in leadership and design thinking. Girls in India are tackling e-waste through recycling. Teens in the UK are promoting youth voice and peacebuilding. Youth in Brazil are providing educational opportunities in underserved areas, while students in Tanzania are bringing clean water to villages. Young people in the US are leveraging technology like AI to reduce microplastics. Across the globe, youth are coming together through partnerships and collaborations to build a more just, sustainable, and equitable future for all.


The diverse project descriptions reveal prevalent themes centering on sustainability, STEM innovation, equality and inclusion, education, health, economic opportunity, food production, conservation, civic participation, marginalized group empowerment, and poverty alleviation solutions.


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NGFP-YV 2023 WINNER:

Andrew Kiviiri, Daniella Nambalirwa, Christine Adikin, Annet Ajambo, & Joseline Kanyunyuzi

Uganda

Community Book Clinics: Literacy Champions promoting literacy at a community level in Uganda



NGFP-YV 2023 Runner-up:

Luciana Chiu, Angel Guzman, & Andrea Ore

Peru

Design Your Future Footprint: a cost-free, in-person training program in Leadership and Design Thinking for public schools located in Puente Piedra, Lima



NGFP-YV 2023 Runner-up:

Sahithi Radha & Diya Loka

India

E-Cycle: grassroots e-waste recycling and awareness initiative started by two teenage girls, a true vehicle of the next generation's climate action movement.



NGFP-YV 2023 Runner-up:

Aynura Erejepbaeva

Uzbekistan

LadyUp: An international project aims to provide opportunities for girls to be empowered in STEM and programming, and to foster their interest in pursuing it.



NGFP-YV 2023 Top 10 Finalist:

Claire Cho

Korea (the Republic of)

Project Justice: Project Justice aims to fight social apathy and ignorance and tackle social issues through youth advocacy and global leadership



NGFP-YV 2023 Top 10 Finalist:

Ryan Oteng Marumo

Botswana

Agricultural Sustainability

NGFP-YV 2023 Top 10 Finalist:

Sparsh

Singapore

Thermal Floater: modular floating renewable energy device that converts solar-thermal energy into electricity efficiently and sustainably, thereby providing a cost-effective and land-independent solution for renewable energy generation.



NGFP-YV 2023 Top 10 Finalist:

Gabriela de Sá dos Santos

Brazil

Colorar: Colorar is a Brazilian project that empowers women by addressing the SDGs 3, 5, 10, and 16 through a mobile app tackling domestic violence and workshops in underserved communities



NGFP-YV 2023 Top 10 Finalist:

Sangya Pandey

Nepal

Adult Digital Literacy and Women Empowerment: In order to ensure that the definition and application of literacy keeps up with the current global trends, the recognition and advancement of digital literacy for women in developing countries, can be advanced through the help of young volunteers who are often already in tune with different facets of digital literacy.



NGFP-YV 2023 Top 10 Finalist:

Ayazhan Karimova, Dastan Ozgeldi, & Yerassyl Abylkassym

Kazakhstan

NECO - Reverse Vending Machine: A a smart, low-cost reverse vending machine, that uses computer vision technology to sort plastic bottles and return smart points which customers then can trade to the coffee.


A ginormous THANK YOU to our judges!



New to this year we are recognizing youth projects that represent a focus for one of the 17 SDGs.


Scroll below to see pictures of the 17 SDG Awards.

SDG Awards Category

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JUNE 16, 2023


We know that young people are doing great things to create a better future - and we would like to hear about them. Individual, partner and group project submissions are welcomed 12-17 years of age. We see this as the start of a conversation so we can learn, listen, and support them as they start or continue their foresight journey.


The qualities we are looking for are curiosity about the changing world and the people around them. There’s interest in translating  future-focussed ideas into action in service to their community. Young Voices applicants have a willingness to become an ambassador for futures and for sustainability.


To apply, individuals or teams (up to 5) are asked to:

  • Write a short essay (maximum 400 words) on how a current project or an intended project will consider the well-being of others and the future of the planet. Submissions can be in native language but please include an English translation.

  • Create and submit a short video (maximum 2m 30s) about what they would want to do with the Young Voices prize. The video is a pitch addressed to their community persuading them that this project or idea is good or even necessary and giving them reasons for supporting or joining it. Video can be in your native language but please include English subtitles. Please create new and original video and do not upload a news clipping or old video.

  • Indicate which of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) their idea would contribute to.


Access answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions here: https://bit.ly/ngfp-yv-faqs

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