Young Voices

Showcasing the voices of our youth 12–17-year-olds.

Apply by 14 July 2022

Applications closed

About the NGFP Young Voices award

We know that very young people are doing great things to create a better future - and we would like to hear about them. We see this as the start of a conversation with them, 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. They should have an interest in translating new future-focused ideas into action in service to their community. Young Voices applicants should have a willingness to become an ambassador for futures and for sustainability.

The qualities we are looking for are…

  • curiosity about the changing world and the people in it,
  • a desire to translate innovative ideas about the future into action in service to your community, and
  • a willingness to become a champion for a more sustainable future.
If you are between 12 and 17 years old, enter the competition at apply.nextgenforesight.org/register and tell us about your project or your idea.

Young Voices

The Young Voices return for a second year. The awards showcase the voices of our youth between 12-17 years of age. The Young Voices are organised by Teach the Future, whose mission is to bring futures thinking to students and educators around the world.

Applications closed →

What can I win?

  • The first-place winner will receive a USD 1,000 prize to help realize their future-focused project and catapult their idea into action
  • Three others will each receive a USD 500 prize
  • Six top finalists will also be recognized for their ideas and efforts
  • Become an NGFP Fellow and receive mentoring and support from SOIF and Teach the Future
  • Join the global Young Voices Network by Teach the Future

What do we mean by foresight?

Foresight is a systematic way of engaging with uncertainty by exploring alternative futures, including aspirational ones. As a discipline, it has the potential to shape the future. It is not about predicting the future, but understanding your current and future operating environment. Insights gained from foresight equip communities and organisations to recognise and respond to emerging threats and opportunities by developing enhanced competitiveness, resilience and agility.

A foresight practitioner is anyone who takes a futures approach to their work to explore and understand the impacts of longer-term factors and drivers of change on the future, to understand better how different futures might evolve, and to generate insights for decisions made today.

Young Voices – organised and supported by Teach the Future

Teach the Future is a global movement that promotes futures literacy for students and educators. Their aspiration is that every student is prepared to navigate an uncertain world and has the agency to imagine and create their preferred future. Their mission is to teach futures-thinking skills to students and educators around the world and to inspire.

Application process

Get started

Everyone starts by registering on the application site.

Complete the registration questions which ask for some information on you. Tell us more about you and how you feel about creating a sustainable world.

Download the parental consent form and ask your parents to sign this. They can sign by hand or electronically. Remember to upload the signed copy or get them to email it to us at youngvoices@nextgenforesight.org

Add any team members (they'll also need to get consent).

To apply:

1. 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 English translation.

2. 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.

3. Indicate which of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) your idea would contribute to.

Finally, don't forget to submit your application. You have until 23:59 GMT+1 on 14 July 2022 to enter.

We won't share any information on your application without your permission, so feel free to speak passionately and openly about your ideas. We will contact our winner and special awardees to agree any information that will be shared publicly before the results are announced to the public.

Applications closed

Not sure if you're ready to apply?

We hope that you will, but we also appreciate it can be daunting and the awards won't be for everyone. So please do reach out if you just want to say hello or have any questions.

If you do, this is a chance for you to shine, to meet like-minded people and join a community of change makers. The sensing network is a supportive arena where you can bounce your ideas off people, get advice, be introduced to new colleagues and a new audience. This is a chance to have your work exposed to the leading minds in foresight.

Start an exciting adventure with us!

Get in touch with the Young Voices team
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About the 2021 awards

We have had a fantastic set of applications for the 2021 Awards. The Main Award winners are a group of four inspiring young women. Three 23-year-olds have won the Walkabout prizes, and we received applications from 40 different countries with 48 awardees.

Main award: This year the Joseph Jaworski Main was awarded to Maria Razquin, Paula Jimeno, Ane Eguiazabal and Olatz Ibarretxe for their ongoing work at The Future Game helping young people discover their power to imagine alternative futures and activate impactful initiatives collectively in a playful learning experience.

Walkabout Prizes: Three Walkabout Prizes were awarded to 23-year-olds. Kushal Sohal from the UK for a pilot Futures Literacy Laboratory with young people to facilitate conversations on the futures of masculinity. From Nigeria, Fisayo Oyewale's project, the Farmers futures program (FFP), seeks to give farmers the agency over their future, co-creating solutions around emerging issues. Koen Vegter from the Netherlands aims to build a platform and train people to have the skills and tools that organisations and people incorporate foresight into their daily work.

Young Voices: For the first time, NGFP Awards, in collaboration with Teach the Future, announced the Young Voices award to showcase the voices of 12–17-year-olds. The first place winners were Alice from Finland and Ruhan from Brazil. Passionate about education, music, theatre, and debate. Their project aims to host international online debate championships for youth, focusing on solutions to contemporary global challenges.

Read about all the 2021 awardees

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