Tuesday, April 01, 2014

OPPORTUNITY: Call for submissions to the 2014 Akili Youth Health Post-2015 Essay Competition.

The Akili Initiative
"WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH PROBLEM FACING YOUTH IN THE WORLD TODAY, AND WHY?"

Submit a response of 500 words or less to akiliinitiative@gmail.com for a chance to attend the World Conference on Youth 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

BACKGROUND

We are pleased to announce a call for submissions to the 2014 Akili Youth Health Post-2015 Essay Competition.

Continue reading to see guidelines and instructions.
We are at a unique point in history. Young people, ages 10-24, make up 27% of the world’s population. And they face unique health challenges, from road traffic deaths to HIV/AIDS. As we come to the close of the MDG era, it is vital that youth voices are represented in shaping the post-2015 agenda. To do this, the Akili Initiative, in partnership with the UN and several leading youth health organizations around the world, is seeking the perspective of youth voices from around the globe to ensure that these critical issues are heard in the post-2015 policy making process.

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

In line with the eligibility requirements of the World Conference on Youth, submissions must be from young people ages 10-30. Essays must be 500 words or less, and answer the following question:
"WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH PROBLEM FACING YOUTH IN THE WORLD TODAY, AND WHY?"

The following are suggested topics for essays (but you are certainly not limited to these):
  • Mental illness
  • Road traffic injury
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Interpersonal violence (gun violence, intimate partner violence, or other)

Essays will be evaluated on the following 5 criteria:

  • Strength of argument for importance of youth health issue
  • Use of evidence and specific examples
  • Connection of issue to one’s personal story and work
  • Quality of writing
  • Creativity

SUBMISSION FORMAT

Essays should be written in English using Microsoft Word, in 12-pt font, and contain the following information: 1) Your name 2) Age and 3) Country. Document name should be saved as [Last Name]_Akili_Post2015.doc and emailed toakiliinitiative@gmail.com with subject, “Essay Competition,” by 11:59 PM EST on April 13th, 2014.
PANELISTS

The panelists judging the essays are world-renowned global health experts with experience in a wide range of youth health issues.
PRIZES

The top 10 finalists will be featured on the Akili website.

The Grand Prize Essay Winner will be awarded a fully funded flight and accommodations to the World Conference on Youth in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where global leaders gather to discuss the post-2015 agenda. They will have the opportunity to take part in a crucial gathering of policy makers shaping the next era of health and development, and to meet other youth leaders from around the world. The winner will also report live from the conference through social media.
ELIGIBILITY

In order to qualify for the essay competition, writers must:
Be between ages 10-30
Be able to attend the World Conference on Youth 2014, May 6th- 10th, if chosen as the winner
Have a valid passport through the end of the conference

Download PDF of Essay Guidelines here.

GOOD LUCK!!!

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