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What is the Most important Health Issuue facing Youth in the world today? Akili Initiative wants to know

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Akili Initiative, in partnership with the United Nations 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 policymaking process. This should form the entry in its currently organized essay competiton.


  • 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


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 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.

Deadline: April 13th, 2014

For additional information, kindly contact the Akili Initiative essay competition website

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