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


The results are in!! 

Help us congratulate our winner, Carmel!

Thank you to everyone who participated! We had an amazing response, which we couldn't have been more excited about. Your videos were incredibly inspiring and a true testement to the impact youth have on our world. Thank you for being brave enough to share your brilliant ideas with the world.

Help us congratulate our winner Carmel and our special honorable mentions below!

Honorable Mentions





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.