2021 USAID Global Lead Digital Storytelling Contest

Deadline: July 23, 2021.

Young changemakers around the world are making lasting impacts in their communities, yet their efforts are too often underestimated. We want to change that. USAID’s Global Leadership and Education Advancing Development (Global LEAD) Initiative, YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE), and Generation Unlimited (Gen U), along with other global partners have joined forces for this digital storytelling contest to show how youth are using the power of change to make the world a better place. 

Are you a young changemaker between the ages of 18 and 35? If so, they want to see the impact you are having on your community! The #WatchOurImpact Global LEAD Digital Storytelling Contest begins on June 7. Submit an original, three-minute video or slideshow in Arabic, English, French, or Spanish that tells the story of your youth-led actions to advance local, national, or global development and meets the contest requirements. The story you tell can be personal, that of a group of young changemakers, or that of a youth-led organization. 

While any type of development activity would be acceptable, special attention will be given to those stories that link their work to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and/or the following key issues: 

  • COVID-19/Pandemic Response,  
  • Education/Skills Development,  
  • Youth Employment/Entrepreneurship,  
  • Climate Action, 
  • Food Security/Resilience, 
  • Digital Literacy/Security/Action,  
  • Civic Engagement, and 
  • Wellness/Violence Reduction. 


  1. Young changemaker between the ages of 18 and 35
  2. Members of YouthLead with a member profile that is at least 80% complete


The five selected winners will be announced on August 2 on YouthLead.org and across all campaign partners’ social media channels. In addition, contest winners will:

  • Take part in the USAID Global LEAD #WatchOurImpact Dialogue with other VIPs on August 12.
  • Be featured on GenU’s website 
  • Have the opportunity to meet with a senior member of the GenU global leadership council or board. 
  • Lead a “social media takeover” of GenU accounts. 
  • Become part of GenU’s pool of moderators. 
  • Be connected with GenU country offices.


Entering is easy. 

1. Create a three-minute video or slideshow that meets the contest requirements.

2. Upload your video or slideshow to YouTube.

3. Fill out the submission form. You must be a member of YouthLead.org to submit, but registration is free.

4. Encourage your friends and network to vote for your submission on social media by sharing the link once it’s posted on the #WatchOurImpact Contest Video Gallery page and by using #WatchOurImpact.


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