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Keep checking back for grant and support opportunities for youth changemakers! No step is too small. Put your ideas out there and engage in opporutnities to learn, connect and amplify your changemaking ideas for your community!

#Notice2POTUS Youth Essay Contest

BMe invites young people across America--between 14-24 years old--to send in opinion/research essays for a chance to win $1,000 in prize money, plus a chance to present at public forums. Get invovled and share your voice this election year! Apply here...

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Opens PluralPlus Youth Video Competition

Are you a young artist or creative changemaker in your community? Do you have stories and videos you want to get out there? Apply to be a part of this global youth video competition now! Apply here...

InspirED Changemakers Award with Facebook

Calling all young changemakers: do you have an idea or project that promotes social and emotional at your Middle or High-School? Share your story and get funded. Apply before 25 April, here!

Fabric of Change 

DEADLINE, 18 November: Are you interested in demonstrating how the fashion industry can be a force for changemaking and social good? Two prizes will be awarded to the most innovative ideas for creating a ethical and sustainable apparel industry. Also, the Fabric of Change Challenge will award one passionate blogger with a stipend of $1,000, plus a travel stipend to the Fabric of Change Summit. Entrants must be between the ages of 18 – 24. Apply to 'Youth Blogger Prize' | Apply to 'Youth Changemaker Prizes' 

Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award 2015

DEADLINE, 18 November: The search is on for young innovators-- aged 35 or under--that have already begun to address the challenges at the heart of new global goals for sustainable development. Apply from Ashoka's Changemakers platform now!

Apply now to Changemaker Xchange Summit! Deadline 30 September

Ashoka is currently accepting applications for the summit in Istanbul, Turkey. In response to high unemployment in Europe, Turkey and the MENA Region this summit gathers 20 outstanding changemakers with new ideas to tackle the 'jobs crisis'. If you run run a project or social venture that builds the capacity of people, increases their employability, fosters entrepreneurship, empowers marginalized groups with employability skills, bridges the skills gap or creates new jobs and entirely new forms of employment - then come join us in Istanbul! 

Eligible candidates must be between 18 to 30 years old, have created their own social venture and reside in Europe, Turkey, North Africa or the Middle East. APPLY here!

#AfricaYouthFwd Online Course: Youth Employment 

Announcing Ashoka's and the Master Card Foundation's new online course on youth employment innovations!The six-week course will be offered from 26 October- 4 December. Each week participants will explore models, methodologies and the sectors critical to creating employment opportunities in Africa. Apply now! 

Standford MedX Summit | Youth Changemakers Opportunity!

APPLY TODAY! Deadline 10 September: Medicine X is teaming up with Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) and Ashoka’s Youth Venture to equip young leaders with the social entrepreneurship and changemaker skills they need to overcome health challenges in their communities and worldwide. Over the course of 1.5 days, selected students will run through interactive workshops, exercises and challenges on changemaking, social entrepreneurship and community health engagement.

Submit your ideas for social innovation in Latin America! 

Are you between between 18-24 years old in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay or Uruguay? Do you have a creative and innovative idea for imporving livelihoods and protecting our planet? Share your innovation with UNESCO, Ashoka and Socialab here. #ESTAMOSCOMPROMETIDOS 

UNAOC Competition, July/August 2015

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations extended the application deadline for the third edition of Entrepreneurs for Social Change until Sunday, 2 August 2015.Youth aged 18 to 35 from the Euro-Mediterranean region are invited to apply.

UN Habitat's Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards | Deadline 31 July

Individual grants of up to 20,000 dollars will be awarded to young entrepreneurs showing promise in one of five categories: Youth Leadership; Green Innovations; Urban Ecological Safety; Youth Entrepreneurship; and Social/Cultural Innovations. Apply here by 31 July.

The Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California | June-September 2015

The Westly Foundation is looking for talented entrepreneurial candidates for the Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California. They are awarding cash prizes of $20,000 each to innovators under age 29 with creative solutions to community problems who live or attend school in California. Students from California who are attending school out of state are also eligible to apply. Applications are due September 15, but we give priority review to those who apply by June 1.

American Express Emerging Innovators Bootcamps | June-August 2015

For the next three months, the Changemakers American Express site will serve as an online extension of the Boot Camps, offering a toolkit of resources to support the growth and learning of emerging social innovators all over the world. Whether you just have a good idea or you are a startup ready to scale, this toolkit will offer ongoing opportunities for leadership development through a wide-range of activities including articles, multimedia, and information about online events. What are you waiting for? Dive in! 

ITU Young Innovators Competition | May 2015

From ITU: "The ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition is looking for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas on how ICTs can help keep people safe in conflicts. They could work on preventing conflict, improving safety and security in conflicts, rebuilding communities or peacebuilding, among other topics. Participants must be between 18 and 30, and can have either an established startup or the concept for a new one. Two winners will be invited to join ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary, October 12-15, 2015 to pitch their ideas, participate in workshops, benefit from a year of ongoing mentorship, and win seed funding." APPLY HERE 

Future Forward

As part of the Future Forward partnership, Ashoka and The MasterCard Foundation launched the Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment in Africa challenge to find bold new ideas—for young people and by young people—that will address the big picture issues around youth employment in Africa.

https://www.changemakers.com/futureforward