Young Voices

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

Applications close 30 June 2021

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About the Young Voices award

We know that many young people in the world today are doing great things to create a better future. If you are one of them, we would like to hear from you. You can tell us about your work and your ideas for the future by entering the NGFP–Young Voices competition. Your entry would be the start of a conversation so we can learn, listen, and support you as you start or continue your foresight journey.

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/young-voices-register and tell us about your project or your idea.

Young Voices

The Young Voices award, our newest award added this year, will showcase the voices of our youth 12–17-year-olds. We are extending the conversation to our youth voices, organized by Teach the Future, whose mission is to bring futures thinking to students and educators around the world.

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What can I win?

  • The first-place winner will receive a USD $1000 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 recognised for their ideas and efforts.

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

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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 sutainable world.

Download the parental consent form and ask you parents to sign this. Remember to upload the signed copy or get them to email it to us.

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

Apply and upload your entry for the Young Voices award. To do this you'll be asked to create and submit a short video (up to 2m 30s) video on what you would like to do with the Young Voices prize, and to write a short essay (up to 400 words) on how your current project or idea will consider the well-being of others and the future of the planet.

Finally, don't forget to submit your application. You have until 23:59 GMT+1 on 30 June 2021 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 publically before the results are announced to the public.

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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

About the 2020 awards

We received over 200 applications from over 50 countries, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The Joseph Jaworski Main Award was awarded to Raya Bidshahri, an Iranian living and working in the UAE, for her project to create alternative pathways for schooling and help people tackle and prepare for future challenges. We also awarded 17 Special Awards to outstanding applications from different sectors or geographies.

The Walkabout Prizes were won by Finn Strivens (UK), for his work using participatory methods to help young people and non-scientists to engage with science and Namatai Kwekweza (Zimbabwe) for her work to drive youth-friendly constitutional and governance reforms in Zimbabwe and disrupt ageist normative frameworks.

Read about the 2020 winners

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Interested in applying or supporting the awards?

If you have any questions, want to check on eligibility or would like to ask any questions then we'd love to hear from you. Send us an email at team@nextgenforesight.org