Success Stories:

  • Forgotten Diaries

    Forgotten Diaries aims to raise awareness of the under-reported “forgotten” conflicts around the world and to provide young people living in these conflict areas with the skills and tools they need for community development and peace building projects. It also empowers young people to make their voices heard as citizen journalists by reporting on their daily life via a special platform. We believe that young people, if empowered, hold the key to effective community development and building a culture and attitude of lasting peace and non-violence within communities that have been torn apart by...
  • Facebook Application Intercultural

    In 2009, Facebook Application Intercultural was recognized by the World Summit Youth Award as a best practice example in e-content and technological creativity in the category “Create your culture”. We believe that information, knowledge and education are some of the basic means of fighting poverty and discrimination. Using “Intercultural“, young people in particular are encouraged to be aware of the way of living in many other different and often less affluent countries. Very young users can make their first acquaintance with other cultures by simply watching slideshows and making their...
  • Lil' MDGs: Youth Making Global Changes

    In 2009, Lil’ MDGs was recognized by the WSYA as best practice example in e-content and technological creativity, demonstrating young people’s potential to create outstanding digital content. The recognition created more visibility for Lil’ MDGs in addition to opening up a myriad of possibilities. It provided us with an amazing platform and an avenue to network with youth from several new countries. Our organization now has more than 20,000 youth volunteers from 40 countries and we have made a tangible difference in the lives of over 1 million individuals worldwide.Since the Award Gala and...
  • Empower Women and Meet Millennium Development Goals

    “Empower Women and Meet Millennium Development Goals” is a project of the Kenyan organization Slum Information Development and Resources Centres (SIDAREC). After winning the WSYA in 2009, George Onyango from SIDAREC says: "The major recognition that my organization received by winning WSYA meant that our work can be relied on to benefit others. So far, we have had the benefit of partnering with Vlad's and Adam's institution. They saw the work SIDAREC has been doing and believe that we can strike some kind of partnership to benefit youth and women in the slums. Winning WSYA has helped SIDAREC...
  • Alternatives: Finding new Possibilities for Youth

    I was very happy when I first saw the news of winning the World Summit Youth Award 2009 in my mail inbox. After returning from Monterrey where we received the award there were lots of best wishes and congratulations to me and our team. The award took us to new heights and all the team members were feeling more responsible after the award. One of the main benefits of winning the WSYA has been the international recognition. The participation in the WSYA Winners Event in Monterrey provided a platform for international networking. Today we are in contact with many friends from around the world....
  • Sewer Toursim

    On behalf of Tufahamike, I would like to share my deepest gratitude to the World Summit Youth Award 2009 for all your support  and for having recognised our shared ambitions and efforts towards environmental conservation through the Sewer Tourism project. After a successful initiation and rollout of the project, with the support of our local community and three of my college mates, we decided to start Tufahamike (a Swahili word for "Let's be Enlightened"), a youth based initiative whose main objective is to educate and involve the youth towards achieving the MDGs. After the recognition that...
  • Patent Wars on AIDS Drugs

    The 17-year old winner of the WSYA 2005 in the category “Development” joined forces with youth from the UK, Netherlands, India and Australia to create a dynamic, one-stop shop for information on the patent debate around HIV/AIDS drugs. “I discovered a passion for the creative power of the Internet at the age of 8 and ten years later, I find myself showcasing my project on a truly global stage, ” says Ammu. The battle in the field of medical drug research and development is weaponless, yet affects countless. It can be thought of as a conflict of interests: should preference be given to the...