USAID Global LEAD Digital Storytelling Contest 2021

Application Deadline: July 23, 2021

Application is now open for USAID Global LEAD Digital Storytelling Contest 2021. The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Leadership and Education Advancing Development (Global LEAD) Initiative, YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE), and Generation Unlimited (GenU), along with other global partners, have joined forces for this digital storytelling contest to show how youth are using the power of change to make the world a better place.


Entering is easy.  

  1. Create a three-minute video or slideshow that meets the contest requirements below.
  2. Upload your video or slideshow to YouTube or Vimeo.
  3. Fill out the submission form. You must be a member of YouthLead to submit, but registration is free. Register or Log in here.


The contest is open to all members of the public who are:

Becoming a member of YouthLead is easy and free. All Entrants must be successfully registered on YouthLead. As registration may take several days to process, all registration requests must be submitted at least two business days (July 21, 21) prior to the end of the Entry Period to ensure timely approval for entering the competition.

You can now create your profile in ArabicEnglishFrench or Spanish.

Submission Requirements

All video and/or slideshow submissions must:

Submissions should not include copyrighted material. The use of copyrighted materials will result in immediate disqualification.

In addition, submissions that have been published on other platforms or prior publications will not be considered.

Direct video uploads are not permitted at Please upload your video submissions using a free, trusted third-party platform (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo) and provide us with the link.

Videos must be of a high enough quality to view uninterrupted, and no less than 480p.

Submissions will only be accepted between June 7, 2021 and July 23, 2021.

USAID Global LEAD Digital Storytelling Contest 2021 Method of Submission

All entries must be submitted here. (Submissions in Arabic, French, or Spanish will also use the same link as the English submissions. You can use “Select Language” in the upper right-hand corner on your screen to translate the submission page to Arabic, French, or Spanish).

Note: You need to log-in to YouthLead.orgto the to access the submission form.

Selection Process

  1. Entries that do not meet the submission criteria for the contest will be excluded.
  2. Decisions of the Judging Panel are final and are not subject to appeal.
  3. This contest is skills-based and chance plays no part in the determination of the winners.

Voting / Judging Criteria

Submissions that meet the contest rules will be displayed on the #WatchOurImpact Contest Video Gallery page, where new and existing YouthLead members can vote on their favorite contest entries. Voting will open July 1 and close on July 23.

There will also be a committee of judges whose votes will be weighted to account for any bots used to interfere with the voting process. The judges will evaluate the submissions based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”):


For More Information Visit the Official Webpage of the USAID 2021 Global LEAD Digital Storytelling Contest

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