Yours for FREE

My top-notch book, "Your Right To Write"

  • FREE tips on writing, blogging, publishing and essay competitions
  • Exclusive offers and inspiration delivered directly to your inbox
Just enter your email now and I'll send the Book to you... for FREE.

2014 Akili Initiative And United Nations Essay Competition

2014 Akili Initiative And United Nations Essay Competition

We are pleased to announce a call for submissions to the 2014 Akili Youth Health Post-2015 Essay Competition.

We are at a unique point in history.  Young people, ages 10-24, make up 27% of the world’s population.  And they face unique health challenges, from road traffic deaths to HIV/AIDS.  As we come to the close of the MDG era, it is vital that youth voices are represented in shaping the post-2015 agenda.  To do this, the Akili Initiative, in partnership with the UN and several leading youth health organizations around the world, is seeking the perspective of youth voices from around the globe to ensure that these critical issues are heard in the post-2015 policymaking process.


Akili Initiative And United Nations Essay Competition“What is the most important health problem facing youth in the world today, and why?”


Akili Initiative, in partnership with the UN


The top 10 finalists will be featured on the Akili website.

The Grand Prize Essay Winner will be awarded a fully funded flight and accommodations to the World Conference on Youth in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where global leaders gather to discuss the post-2015 agenda. They will have the opportunity to take part in a crucial gathering of policy makers shaping the next era of health and development, and to meet other youth leaders from around the world. The winner will also report live from the conference through social media.


13 April, 2014


  • In line with the eligibility requirements of the World Conference on Youth, submissions must be from young people ages 10-30.
  • Essays must be 500 words or less, and answer the following question:
  • The following are suggested topics for essays (but you are certainly not limited to these)

# Mental illness

# Road traffic injury


# Sexual and reproductive health

# Interpersonal violence (gun violence, intimate partner violence, or other)

  • Essays will be evaluated on the following 5 criteria:
  • Essays should be written in English using Microsoft Word, in 12-pt font, and contain the following information:  1) Your name 2) Age and 3) Country.
  • Document name should be saved as [Last Name]_Akili_Post2015.doc and emailed to with subject, “Essay Competition,” by 11:59 PM EST on April 13th, 2014.
  • The panelists judging the essays are world-renowned global health experts with experience in a wide range of youth health issues.
  • In order to qualify for the essay competition, writers must:
  1. Strength of argument for importance of youth health issue
  2. Use of evidence and specific examples
  3. Connection of issue to one’s personal story and work
  4. Quality of writing
  5. Creativity

# Be between ages 10-30

# Be able to attend the World Conference on Youth 2014, May 6th- 10th, if chosen as the winner

# Have a valid passport through the end of the conference


Send your questions to


This announcement is formatted using Naija Writers’ Coach Posting Format. If you republish this on your website, please provide a link to this post.

website setup banner

Get my awesome eBook and newsletter ... FREE

Your Right to WriteIf your dream is to be a writer and influence the world, the theoretical and practical insights the author provides have the power to convert your dream to reality.

-- Dr. Mahfouz A. Adedimeji | Fulbright scholar | Senior Lecturer, Unilorin | newspaper columnist

About Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin

Writer. Difference Maker. Entrepreneur. Author, Your Right To Write & Vertical Writing. Winner, 11 Writing Prizes.

Speak Your Mind