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2020 Global Voices - Latin America

The 2020 Global Voices essay contest is now open for submission! The contest is open to all citizens of Latin American and Caribbean nations who are between the ages of 15 - 24. 

DUE DATE: February 21, 2020
LENGTH: 600 - 900 words
THEME: Confronting Inequity


Step 1: Choose one sub-theme for your essay

  • Challenging Racism
  • Conserving the Environment
  • Educating for Change
  • Empowering Indigenous Communities
  • Promoting Gender Equality
  • Stamping Out Violence

Step 2: Write your essay, being sure to include these key points:

  • Describe the inequity that you see in your region, country, or community.
  • Tell us what YOU are currently doing to confront this inequity. How do you think this intervention will help? (This could be a community project, starting a business or social venture, studying/conducting research, etc.)
  • What resources (information, opportunities, partnerships, etc.) do you need to scale your intervention?

Step 3: Submit your essay:

  • On the top left corner, include: Full name, Age, Country, Sub-theme, Email address
  • Save essay as a Microsoft Word document
  • Email essay as an attachment to gyaninfo(at) with the subject line: Global Voices LA - (full name)

Contest Flyer (.pdf)


First Place Winner: Laptop computer and a scholarship to attend the 2021 Global Youth Advancement Summit in East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Second Place: Choice of tablet or camera

Third Place: Choice of tablet or camera


The best essays within each category will be published in a book: Global Voices Vol. II - A Collection of Essays from Latin American and Caribbean Youth.  By submitting an essay, you agree that GYAN has permission to publish your essay in the book and on our website. Any proceeds which might be generated from the book will be used to advance youth advocacy, access, and opportunity across Latin America.