Date: December 2021 - February 2022
In March 2021, Social Ideathon 2021 was organized by Peace First, YOUTHive Nepal, AIWS and BYI. 120 young people registered and 60 young people made it to the final Idea pitching session to receive upto USD250 mini grant for their project ideas. The program was developed based on a belief that young people everywhere represent an untapped potential for informing the way we consider sustainable development.
The launch of Social Ideathon 2021 was a testament to the increasing need of youth leadership, especially for Asia/Oceania where 60% of the total youth population resides (ADB report, 2018). Keeping this in mind, we (YOUTHive Nepal, in collaboration with Peace First) are organizing Ideathon 2.0 in Nepal (Asia/Oceania), this year the program will target young people between 13-25 years old working on community based SDG projects.
Brief Explanation of the Structure:
In the first phase, an open application will be sent out to reach out to at least 30 young people from Nepal.
The selected young people will take part in the virtual IDEATHON program from Jan 2-10. The program is planned for three days including intervals (3 hours per day) of project idea designation process and facilitator’s session.
After this, the participants will select their mentor from the group of mentors we have connected with on January 12. In the third phase, after the IDEATHON program, the participants will go through a mentorship program in January on their project's planning process. During one month, they will prepare their project idea with a series of mentoring sessions.
Thirdly, all the participants will apply their ideas in the Peace First dashboard upto Phase 3 by January 31, where they will apply for the mini-grant.
In this phase, the participants will pitch their ideas to the judging panel. It will consist of the 5 minute elevator pitch. After the pitching session, the judge panel will run Q and A round for only 2 minutes. Five project ideas will be granted direct USD250 while the rest will be invited to apply upto USD250.
The following outputs are designed to contribute to our overall goal to create a community of change-makers who are empowered at the local level, to increase their knowledge of the local issues and to enhance their capacities as change-makers. We also want to connect this group of youth with the international development community and provide opportunities for them to grow and become active citizens.
The key outputs of the program are:
STILL INTERESTED? Below are the eligibility criteria:
1. Must be between 13-25 years of age at the time of application.
2. Must be a resident of Nepal.
3. Committed to work on their project idea that is based on any Sustainable Development Goals. (Find more about the Sustainable Development goals here: https://sdgs.un.org/goals)
4. Committed to participate in a three-days online training on project management and proposal development and sign up for group mentorship calls.
5. Ability to demonstrate team work and perseverance to take their initiative forward.
6. Subject to pay NRS. 1000 as a registration fee. (Special Discounts of NRs.200 available to our partner organization participants)
If you have an idea to tackle any of the sustainable development goals in Asia or Oceania in general, or in your country or community in particular, JOIN US.
This is an accelerated program over the course of two months where you will receive leadership and project design training, group mentoring and skill based workshops that are specific to your project idea. At the end of the program, you will be invited to pitch your project idea to access funding of USD250 or upto USD250.
Application form details:
The form will take 10-15 minutes (max) to fill out the information. There are altogether six sections (We promise you it doesn't take a lot of your time). Kindly go through each section and answer them carefully.
APPLICATION LINK: Click here
Deadline of the application: December 31, 11:59 PM NPT.
Training and workshops: Jan2/6/9, [2:45 pm - 5:45 pm NPT]
Mentoring session: Jan 12-31 [Subjected to different times/dates]
Idea Pitching session: February 5 [Time to be decided]
For any queries/concerns about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org