Calling All Youth

Young people are redefining our world. It starts with u.

UNICEF is working towards a world where every child has what they need to survive and thrive. But we can’t do it without big ideas from young people – young people who are brave enough to share their brilliant ideas with the world. UNICEF USA and TED-Ed are inviting young people to speak out, and use their unique life experiences and perspectives to create their own TED-style talk about children’s rights and issues faced by youth globally.

The winner will be invited to UNICEF USA’s Annual Student Summit to present their speech on stage!

Change the world with your voice. It starts with u.



  • Youth ages 10-18 (if you are under 13, you must have a parent or teacher register you)
  • Must register from this page
  • Video must be under 2 minutes
  • Deadline: video must be submitted by midnight, Sunday, January 27, 2019

Topics of Discussion

Students should choose from one of three topics below to create their personal 2-minute TED talk. We have provided some prompts, but feel free to make this topic yours! Make sure to incorporate your personal perspective. Use the resources linked to on the right to get started.


50 Million children have been uprooted from their homes and often separated from their families due to conflict or violence. Many of them are migrating to new regions where they experience xenophobia, intolerance and even violence. Sharing your story can highlight the severity of this problem.

  • Share what you and others can do to work together as a community to combat xenophobia.
  • Discuss how youth can use their voices to build bridges through partnership – between government, organizations, communities, and individuals.
  • Describe your idea for addressing some of the social or economic disadvantages these children face because of discrimination.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development improves conditions for people now without compromising resources for future generations. To achieve it, all countries—and all generations—must work together. You have a unique point of view as a young person who advocates on behalf of children and youth who may not have a voice with their leaders.

  • How would you convince policy makers of the importance of early childhood education and inclusive education for all based on your educational experience?
  • As you think about a career one day, how would you make sure that all children, regardless of race, gender and ability, among other factors, have opportunities for decent, safe and well-paying work?
  • How have you helped school, community or government leaders work together to ensure that infrastructure, resources and services will benefit all children and families?

Values and Beliefs

The values and beliefs that activate you as a global citizen make you a leader. Our values and beliefs can separate or unite us.

  • Share what inspires you to be a global citizen and what empowers you to be part of the solution.
  • Share how you worked with different communities to see past difference and advocated for your rights and the rights of children everywhere.


  • Winners will be announced on Monday, February 4, 2019
  • One winner will be invited to present their speech on stage at the UNICEF USA Student Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 16-17, 2019!

*UNICEF USA will pay for all travel expenses (flights, hotels). Student will be responsible for personal meals and personal expenses. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to travel with a responsible adult chaperone. UNICEF USA will pay for the chaperone's travel expenses as well.

How to Register:

  1. Create an account on using this link:
  2. Once your account has been created, return to the TED-Ed Student Talks page and register!
  3. For question 2:
    • Students should select-- "I would like to use the program as an individual student going through the materials on my own"
    • Educators who wish to have their students create Talks should select--"I would like to use the program in my classroom"
  4. In the "School/Organization" field, enter in your affiliate organization
    • UNICEF Club – (your school name)
    • BBYO  – (your school name)
    • Key Club – (your school name)
    • Boys and Girls Clubs
    • UNICEF Kid Power – (your school name)
    • etc.
  5. Once you've submitted your registration, allow 2-3 days for processing.
  6. You'll receive an email from the TED-Ed team granting you access to all the TED-Ed Student Talks resources!
  7. Use your personalized Resource Library within the TED-Ed website to dive into discovering and developing your Student Talk. You can also use the UNICEF resources linked on this page.
  8. Once you've recorded your Talk, upload it using the "Upload" tab in your Resource Library in the TED-Ed website.