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Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Youth Voices Contest 2024

Application Deadline:  31 July 2024 

Applications are now open for the 2024 Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Youth Voices Contest. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) invites adolescents and young people between 10 and 24 years of age in the Americas to participate in the “Youth Voices” creative contest, to seek their opinions on what can be done to improve the quality of health services for young people.

The winners will receive cash prizes and their original works (created especially for the contest) may be published in PAHO communication channels and/or campaigns related to the topic.

Requirements

  • Adolescents and young people aged 10 to 24 from all countries and ethnic groups in the Region of the Americas may participate in individual or group projects using their native language.

How to Enter Contest

Step 1:   Participants must consider a question from the following, a category of creative expression and whether they will use an AI Tool.

Step 2: Participants must choose one of the following questions:

  • Question 1 – How do you envision health services that respond to your needs?
  • Question 2 – What are the barriers to access health services for young people in your community, and what can be done to address these barriers?
  • Question 3 – What can be done to increase young people’s trust in the health care providers and teams in your experience?
  • Question 4 –  How can young people get involved in efforts to improve the quality and utilization of health services for this age group (10-24 years)?

Step 3: The selected question must be answered using the following guidelines.

Contestants must choose a category, and a medium within that category:

Categories:

  1. General Categories: Submissions created without the use of AI tools.
  2. AI-Assisted Category: Submissions created with the assistance of AI tools. Participants must appropriately credit the AI tool(s) used in their work.

AI-Assisted Submissions

Any use of AI tools must be clearly disclosed at the time of submission.

Participants must credit the AI tool(s) used in their submission.

AI-assisted submissions will be evaluated separately from those in the General Categories.

For the AI-Assisted Category, the integration and innovative use of AI tools will also be considered.

Medium of submissions:

Art proposals

  • Painting:  acrylics, watercolors, or any other material or technique.
  • Drawing:  crayons, pencils, markers, or any other materials.
  • Digital illustration: contestants may use whatever techniques and programs they prefer.
  • Comic: contestants may use whatever techniques they prefer.

Writing proposals

  • Poem: maximum of 400 words.
  • Story or essay: maximum of 800 words.

Audiovisual proposals

  • Video for social networks: maximum duration, 1 minute; creativity and style are the main criteria, using live action, animation, or any other technique. No video may include copyrighted material, resources, or music without the author’s permission.
  • Song: maximum length, 4 minutes; unpublished lyrics and music written by the contestant.

More Info: Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Youth Voices Contest

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