Inviting The Voices of Young Adolescents

As the GEAS nears the end of phase 1 (piloting of the toolkit is underway), we have been brainstorming ways to effectively communicate the need for investment in young adolescents worldwide. 

While Bob and Anna were "stuck" in Bali last month for the youth pre-conference to the International Conference on Family Planning (which had been postponed due to a volcano eruption), they, perhaps inspired by the (surprisingly) clear skies and warm breeze, conceptualized a video contest for help youth make their voices heard, and to tell supporters, in their own words, why the GEAS is significant.

After discussing and refining the idea with our partners, we are excited to launch a competition to capture the voices of young adolescents on the issues of transitions into adolescence and their stories and experiences of becoming an adolescent. While we have quotes and stories from the narratives of 900 young people around the world that we have collected, we feel that nothing could better capture our work than to hear directly from young people. A few important things to know:

  • This is not research
  • Contestants do not need to be part of the study
  • Winners will receive $50 and an opportunity to be part of a GEAS Youth Advisory Committee

If you work with an organization that serves youth, please help us get the word out. If you can help resource-limited youth produce their video submission, all the better! Click here to see the submission rules and guidelines.

If you work with adolescents internationally, we welcome you to apply to serve as a judge. If you are interested in volunteering in this capacity, please email Rebkha Atnafou at

For more information or to submit a video, visit the page dedicated to the competition.