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Y2Y Global Youth Conference 2009 Essay Competition

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As part of Youth-to-Youth Community's Global Youth Conference 2009, the Y2Y Group is launching a 2009 Essay Competition on the theme of "Youth Entrepreneurship in times of crisis". There are great prizes to be won!

Further details are below and in the attached document.

Edit: The winning essays can now be found here.


ESSAY: Youth Entrepreneurship in times of crisis
DEADLINE - September 22nd, 2009

Young people worldwide face difficult labor market prospects. Depending on
the region, youth unemployment is easily 2-3 times higher than for adults.
Especially in developing countries, the school-to-work transition can be a long
and tedious process, during which young people leave school, become jobless
and spend time moving between unemployment, inactivity and informal
employment. In fact, youth have often been found to effectively act as a
"buffer," absorbing shocks disproportionately during negative business cycles,
but not benefiting accordingly during economic booms.

In the quest for strategies to boost employment for young people,
entrepreneurship is often seen as an important means and a useful alternative
for income generation. With most of the overall job creation usually stemming
from small enterprises, supporting youth entrepreneurship is now often
regarded as an additional way of integrating youth into the labor market and
overcoming poverty. However, while it is recognized that the youth years are
essential for generating ideas and acquiring the necessary experience to become
a successful entrepreneur, young people themselves only make up a small share
of all entrepreneurs.

The Y2Y Global Youth Conference 2009 Essay Competition invites youth
to share ideas on:

What are the constraints to youth entrepreneurship in your country? Has
the global crisis changed the dynamics? How can governments help
young entrepreneurs to create and further develop their social and
productive ventures?

Please try to answer the following questions in one consistent essay:

1. What impedes young people in your country or community to start their
own business or organization? Think about the constraints in terms of
socioeconomic conditions, culture, education & experience, access to finance &
infrastructure, contacts & networks, and regulations. In how far are these
constraints specific to youth compared to adults?

2. Did the global financial crisis reinforce some of these constraints? If yes,
what are the dynamics?

3. What do you think governments can/should do to strengthen youth
entrepreneurship in your country, town or local community? Think about the
solutions in terms of the constraints identified above.

The Contest

Answer the question above in an essay of no more than 1500 words.

1) Winner will receive a $1,000 laptop sponsored by LAC Development
Marketplace and the opportunity to be published in a World Bank working paper.

2) 2 runners-up will each receive a Y2Y bag and a copy of the film being
showcased at the conference this year.

3) The best three submissions will be published on the World Bank Y2Y website.

Read This Before Getting Started…

- Submissions will be accepted starting September 1, 2009
- The deadline for submissions is September 22 , 2009 5:00pm
- Open to participants globally aged 18-30 (winners will need to provide proof of age)
- Essays must be submitted in English only
- Essays can be submitted as MS Word documents (.doc) or in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
- Only one entry is allowed per person
- All submissions must be the author’s original work, and should not have been
previously published anywhere
- Winners agree to have their essay published on the Y2Y website and/or Newsletter
- Winners will be announced on October 13, 2009 and will be encouraged to
attend the conference
- Unfortunately, Y2Y cannot sponsor travel or accommodation of any winner
who chooses to attend the conference

How/where to submit:

Please submit your essay electronically to y2yessay2009 [@]


Prize sponsored by: 

For more opportunities for youth in the Latin America & Caribbean Region, visit the Development Marketplace 2010 Grant Competition website to apply to this year's competition entitled: "Youth Developing Opportunities: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Sustainability."



Submitted by satyajit on
Sir, I don't see the best three essays on the Y2Y website. If they have been uploaded already, please give me the link thereto.

Dear Satyajit The winners can be found on the Y2Y website via this link:,,contentMDK:22367516~menuPK:6516249~pagePK:64168445~piPK:64168309~theSitePK:791591,00.html Best, Ihssane

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