The Akili Initiative: Essay competition for a place at the WCY2014

The Akili Initiative: Essay competition for a place at the WCY2014

The Akili Initiative see a world where young people have a permanent seat at the table of high level policy and decision making on youth health. The initiative has just launched a new competition; an essay competition focusing on the most important health problem in the world today!

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"As the MDGs come to a close, now is the time to shape our future in the next development agenda. The Akili Initiative is a youth-led, youth-focused effort uniting young people around the world in the movement towards a healthier post-2015".

The Akili Iniatiative appreciate that youth are not invicible, as much as we believe that the world is our oyster, young people are at particular risk of many pressing health concerns, particularly road traffic crashes; the biggest killer of young people globally.

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The Akili Initiative are inviting young people to write an essay on what they feel is the most important health problem facing youth in the world and why? Submit a response of 500 words or less to for a chance to attend the World Conference on Youth 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

We encourage you, the Global Youth Network for Road Safety, passionate about road safety and global health to write your thoughts down and submit your essay to this competition!

Timeline of deadlines:

  1. April 15 - Top 10 Essays Selected, Finalists Notified
  2. April 16 to Apr 30 - Popular Vote - Top 10 Essays
    Top 10 essays will be selected and shared with the world on our site for a popular vote! Popular vote will count as 1/5th of the final vote. Spread the word about your great essay, open to friends, family, and complete strangers alike for voting before our expert panel of judges has the final word.
  3. April 16 to Apr 30 - Expert Panelist Vote - Top 10 Essays
    The panelists judging the essays are world-renowned youth advocates with experience in a wide range of youth health issues.  Click on this event to check out their bios.
  4. May 1 - Winner Announced!
  5. May 6 to May 10 - World Conference on Youth, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    One Grand Prize Winner will win a fully funded trip to Sri Lanka to represent Akili in the World Conference on Youth, and have the opportunity to directly engage and advocate for youth health in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Click here to find out more information on how to take part in this opportunity.




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