Youth Futures Creative Competition

Over the last two years, the world has been devastated by the impacts of COVID-19. In Australia, we saw the highest youth unemployment and underemployment, increasing debt for young people, disruption to school and education, serious mental health challenges, and much more.

But one thing is clear, none of these issues are new. We needed to come together to confront our generation-defining struggles and create a vision for life beyond the pandemic.

Now is the time to take up space.

WhyNot has once again partnered with the National Youth Commission Australia to amplify the voices of young people, prompt discussions and raise issues that young people are facing today.

The Youth Futures competition is calling for all creative submissions from young people aged 18 to 30 giving you an opportunity to take up space (at least 800 words worth).

Topics could include youth housing and homelessness, skills for the future of work, youth mental health, equity in education, the rural divide or what ever topic you want to share your thoughts, feelings, comments or opinions on.

Each finalists will win a free full-week ticket to the Youth Futures Summit plus they’ll be invited to present their work and join a Q+A about the importance of creative work in creating change during the Summit (Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 2pm).

Their work will also be published on the WhyNot platform.

All entries must be received by 6pm on Wednesday, 4 May 2022 (AEDT) and entry is restricted to one per person.

Find all the competition T&C’s here.

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