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

Who is the young changemaker we’re looking for?

You want to:

  • Create an impact in the world
  • Learn about changemaking and impact entrepreneurship
  • Find out how to get started on your changemaker journey
  • Connect with likeminded young changemakers
  • Concretize your ideas into real projects

YCM Challenge 2022 will take place in the Fall

YCM Challenge is a global community where young people from all over the world come together to develop and implement solutions for pressing issues they see around them.

Why join?

  • Make your voice heard
  • Apply a proven methodology in order to create change and take action
  • Participate in international dialogues to discuss what matters most to young people currently
  • Collaborate internationally with other young people from around the world who also want to create change 
  • Receive mentorship 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

may – july 2022

Global Youth Dialogue

Be a part of Dialogue Groups with youth from all over the world and 

a global survey in order to identify the issues that matter to Gen Z today

september – october 2022

Global YCM Challenge

Join an international team online around a chosen issue and develop 

a creative solution, prototype and pitch: following the proven YCM methodology

november 2022 – february 2023

YCMs in Action

Implement your solution locally or globally to create real impact, with the 

support of mentors from the community and companies

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.

Join YCM Challenge 2022!

Do you want to be a part of the YCM initiatives during 2022? 

Click in the link below to receive information on the different activities and events.

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.