International Policy Pitch Contest

Contestants propose a detailed policy solution to a global issue of their choice via video or writing.

Contest Details

July 15th - August 15th, 2024

We will provide recognition and prizes to the most effective and innovative proposals!

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Contest Information

At the Institute for Youth in Policy (YIP), we're dedicated to nurturing future leaders and encouraging a deeper understanding and engagement in important policy discussions. Our International Policy Pitch Contest (IPP) is more than just an essay contest—it's a platform for outstanding individuals.

Eligibility Criteria: We invite all high school students who see themselves not only as leading thinkers but also as proactive doers. We're looking for individuals with a unique perspective and the ability to express their ideas as clear and comprehensive policy recommendations.

This contest isn't just about creating a three-minute video or writing a three-page essay; it's about magnifying your impact on the world.

We're interested in recommendations that address urgent societal issues—whether they concern the environment, education, healthcare, or any other area requiring immediate attention. We believe that young minds have the potential to catalyze significant change, and we're eager to hear your innovative solutions.

The choice is yours. Either advocate in a 3-minute video or a 3-page essay. It’s that simple! The top three competitors and ten semi-finalists will receive certificates of merit and recognition on the YIP website.

The overall winner will be granted a guaranteed spot in our next fellowship cohort, a direct pathway to a YIP staff role. If the winner declines the fellowship offer, YIP will try to find an appropriate role in a partner organization or another policy project.

The contest is open for submissions from July 15th to August 15th, 2024.


As a government official, you are tasked with addressing urgent issues that require immediate attention.Your constituents have entrusted you to act on their behalf concerning these critical issues or problems. Consequently, you have formulated a bill, regulation, or policy that directly targets these particular issues or problems.Please share your proposed solution


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Applications Open July 1st

Your submission (video or text) is due by 11:59pm ET on August 15th, 2024.


Results generally get released within 45 days after the initial deadline.


Winners will be contacted using the email they provided following a eligibility check.