Youth Innovation Challenge

Youth Innovation Challenge: Fresh ideas for tackling marine debris

Youth Innovation Challenge 2022: Tackling Marine Debris!

How can we clean up our oceans? The Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC) gives young people (ages 15–30) around the world a chance to come up with innovative solutions to a pressing environmental issue affecting our marine ecosystems, using environmental education as a key strategy. We are looking for solutions that are innovative, feasible, and informed by research. Winning solutions will receive global recognition and a $1,000 USD prize! 

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Have a great idea? Follow the steps below:

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

  2. Watch the recording from our applicant webinar that took place on July 21, 2022 to learn how to submit a strong proposal. Watch here

  3. Submit your proposal before September 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time (convert to your time zone here). Apply here

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      Submit your innovative idea here!

      Submission deadline is Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time. All submissions must be 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 the recording of our applicant webinar that took place on July 21, 2022 to learn more about the global challenge of marine debris and how to submit a strong Youth Innovation Challenge proposal.

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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!

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    Youth Innovation Challenge 2021 Winners

    The Youth Innovation Challenge 2021 gave young people around the world a chance to come up with innovative solutions to two pressing environmental and social issues: climate change and marine litter.


  • 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, the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan, and the North American Association for Environmental Education.

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