As critical thinkers, innovators, and active drivers of change in local
communities, the overall success of the SDGs depends on the engagement
of youth.

As a youth development platform aligned with the achievement of SDGs,
GYS is inviting youth leaders to design, develop, and deliver creative
and innovative ideas that will address issues related to the theme.
Through the seed grant competition, Global Youth Summit 2019 aims to
promote youth’s engagement in contributing to the 2030 Agenda through
youth-led long-term solutions to real-life problems and challenges in
the 21st Century.

Teams for the Top 5 entries for each theme will be invited for a final
deliberation with a set of judges from GPF, SM Cares, and partner
organizations on August 10 (venue will be announced). The contest
winners will be awarded on August 17 at Mall of Asia Arena during the
Global Youth Summit 2019. They will be provided with the resources to
implement the project for 1-year. The impact and assessment of the
projects will be documented and presented on the next Global Youth


The contest is open to all youth ages 14 to 35 years of age

·         They should form a group with 3 to 5 members.
·         Each group shall submit a concept paper with a proposed
sustainable project which can be implemented in communities in the
Philippines. The project should be able to address one of the following
themes aligned to the priority areas of the UN Youth Strategy for
Sustainable Development launched in September 2018:

Inclusive education
Accessible and youth-responsive health services
Creating youth-enabling employment and self-employment ecosystems
Civic awareness and participation
Creating safe spaces and avoiding all forms of violence against children
and youth


Please download and fill out the forms below.

Submission of accomplished forms start on June 1, 2019. All entries must
be received by 11:00 PM (PHT), July 6, 2019.

Register, answer, and submit the forms at with the
subject: GYS 2019 SEED GRANT

Please save the files in PDF and rename to theme code_team name
(Example: EDUCATION_Great Team)

GYS 2019 Seed Grant Competition

GYS 2019 Seed Grant_Team Profile

Theme codes:

Inclusive education: EDUCATION
Accessible and youth-responsive health services: HEALTH
Creating youth-enabling employment and self-employment ecosystems:
Civic awareness and participation: PARTICIPATION
Creating safe spaces and avoiding all forms of violence against children
and youth: SAFE SPACES

A. Inclusive education
– Developing and delivering quality and inclusive education for young
people that is learner-centered, adopts a lifelong learning approach, is
relevant to their lives and the social, economic and environmental needs
of their communities, promotes sustainable lifestyles and sustainable

B. Youth-responsive health services
– Ensuring accessible and youth-responsive health services and healthy
environments, supporting youth-friendly mental health services,
expanding young people’s access to youth-friendly and rights-based
sexual and reproductive health services, comprehensive sexuality
education and information

C. Employment and self-employment in sustainable tourism
– Creating youth enabling employment and self-employment ecosystems and
developing and operationalizing strategies that prioritize the
improvement of both the quantity and quality of jobs for young people in
sustainable tourism

D. Civic awareness and participation
– meaningful and sustainable engagement and partnership with young
people and their organizations, networks and movements, through formal
and informal mechanisms and platforms to realize universal rights-based
youth participation

E. Creating safe spaces
– Ensuring young people have physical areas to gather to live, learn,
and work and creating measures to reduce all forms of violence against
children and youth


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