Become a young changemaker and create the future you want to live in

Imagine a post-corona world where you have the power to address the issues you truly care about. Where you can connect with a community of like-minded peers with whom you can collaborate with to create a better future.

YCM Challenge is a unique 2-week online challenge created for young people from all over the world! 

Solve a current societal challenge you care about, come up with new ideas and show how you can act on them!

Why join?

  • Make your voice heard
  • Apply a proven methodology in order to create change and take action
  • Collaborate with other young people from around the world who also want to create change 
  • Have fun and win prizes
  • Get feedback from experts on how to iterate on your idea
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The Methodology


Discuss current status of youth and define a real problem that needs solving


Find out how it affects others, and what they think about the issue


Be creative and come up with new ways of solving the problem


Make a rapid prototype, test it and gather feedback


Create a high-impact video showcasing your challenge, prototype and solution

What will the outcome be?

As the final outcome of the challenge you will create a 2-3 minute video

Your video must include the following:

  • Your view on the challenge and voices from others
  • Your idea in a concrete, impactful way
  • Your rapid prototype in form of a demo

26th march

registration deadline

Register by filling out the registration form

27th march

kick-off event

We will host a kick-off event where you will know more about the challenge and get to meet all other changemakers

27th march – 11th april

team collaboration + coaching sessions

You will work with your team on your selected challenge and we will offer support by hosting one on one coaching sessions as well as content pills where you will learn about video making, Design Thinking and Ikigai

11th april

submission of video

On this date you will have to submit a 2-3 minute video showcasing your solution 

16th april / 15h CET

final showcase

We will host a final showcase where the winners will be announced

What do the winners get?

  • Coaching: over the next 4-6 months we will offer coaching sessions in order to help you concretize your idea and make it real. 
  • Feedback & inspiration: sessions with organizations that lead social change (such as Ashoka Changemakers).
  • Meet & greet: We will organize meet & greet sessions with successful changemakers and social entrepreneurs.
  • Spotlight: YCM Challenge and its partners will promote your idea on Youtube and social media so that the world can see it.

Who will guide you in this journey

Rebekka Dober


Founder of YEP Stimme der Jugend, a social start-up and a NGO focussed on youth empowerment & participation. Our Mission: To encourage, empower, enable young people to lead social change.

Linda Exenberger


Head of Policy at YEP Austria. Our Mission: To encourage, empower, enable young people to lead social change.

Till Jaspert

innova learning

Founder of Innova Partners and catalyst for meaningful innovation at the cross-section of business and education. He believes every learner should develop the gift of creative confidence as a motor for purpose in life.

Isabella Pineda

innova learning

Service Designer who designs solutions for both customers and business interests. She has conducted Design Thinking trainings all over Latin America.

Become a YCM Challenge Ambassador

Do you already have experience as a young changemaker? Have you participated in similar challenges or created your own social initiative? Become a YCM Ambassador!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can bring your own team that you have created before the challenge.

Yes, you can join alone and work on a challenge by yourself or we will help you find a team that wants to work on the same challenge as you do.

Winners will be selected based on the number of votes they receive once community voting is open. We will post images of the competing projects on our Instagram page and whichever projects get the most votes will win.

All projects must be submitted before April 11th 23:59 CET. We will provide you with the upload instructions.

You can delegate a team member to attend the session and share all relevant information with the team afterwards.

It is really up to you how much time you want to invest or have available, the challenge can be completed in just a few hours if you have a good, concrete idea that you can convert into an impactful video.

Your video can be in any language you want, but we do recommend you to add subtitles in English so that you can reach the broadest audience.

The main age range is 14-19 years old, but the challenge is open to young people any age who want to join

During the final showcase event, there will be representatives from different countries and areas of society: education, business, media, politics, who will hear the proposals and give feedback. After the event, we will promote your contributions on youtube and social media, coach the winning teams to act further on their ideas and get heard.

The winning teams will receive the following:

  • Coaching over the next 4-6 months in order to help them concretize their idea and take action. 
  • 2-3 sessions with organizations that lead social change (such as Ashoka Changemakers)
  • We will organize meet & greet sessions with successful social entrepreneurs
  • YCM Challenge and its partners will promote your idea on Youtube and social media to provide exposure.

Who is behind the initiative?

Innova Learning

A branch of Innova Partners, we focus on meaningful learning innovation. In particular, we design life-shaping learning
experiences that reveal the potential and creative confidence of every person: the skills and confidence to pursue their dreams.

YEP Austria

YEP stands for Youth Empowerment & Participation, and that is exactly what it is all about. A strong civil society is more important today than ever – the more people who participate, the stronger we are. In order for young people to become active, responsible citizens, you have to take their voice seriously, because democracy and participation are processes that you can only learn if you experience them.