Youth Innovation Challenge

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We invite YOU to help us solve two of the world's most pressing issues: climate change and marine litter.

The Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC) invites applicants from 15 to 30 years of age to propose a solution to address climate change, marine litter, or both issues, using environmental education as a key strategy. We are looking for solutions that are innovative, feasible, and informed by research. Your solution could win you a $1000 USD prize!

Fifteen (15) YIC finalists will be recognized at GEEP's 2021 Asia Pacific Virtual EE Forum from November 30-December 2, 2021 (Taiwan Time), and of the finalists, three (3) YIC winners will be chosen to receive a $1000 USD prize.

Have a great idea? Follow the steps below:

  1. Read more about the Challenge, selection criteria, and more in the YIC Applicant Handbook and our frequently asked questions (FAQ). 
    Download the YIC Handbook

  2. Watch our applicant webinar to learn how to submit a strong proposal.
    WATCH IT here

  3. Submit your proposal before October 25 at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time (convert to your time zone here)
    apply here


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      Submit your innovative idea here!

      Submission deadline is Monday, October 25, at 11:59pm US Eastern Time. All submissions must go through Submittable.

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      Applicant Handbook

      Read the YIC Applicant Handbook for more information about the selection criteria, benefits, and application process.

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      YIC Applicant Webinar

      Watch our recorded applicant webinar to learn how to submit a strong proposal, including tips for both the written and video components.

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      Ten Tips for a Great Video Pitch

      Read our top tips for submitting a compelling video pitch as part of your YIC application!


    The Youth Innovation Challenge is a program of the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) in partnership with the Taiwan Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA). GEEP is a partnership between the US Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan, and the North American Association for Environmental Education.

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