YouTube to invest $5 million on 47 creators in social change program

YouTube to invest $5 million on 47 different creators

YouTube has pledged $5 million to help nearly 50 creators amplify their voice and affect change around the world in the third year of its Creators for Change program, the company announced.

The participating creators come from 16 countries across six continents. Participants will receive funding grants to invest in their own content and equipment, mentorship opportunities, and production assistance at YouTube Spaces across the globe. Coming back for a second year is the platform’s Social Impact Camp, a two-day “camp” hosted at YouTube Space London featuring a host of inspirational speakers, workshops, and concentrated mentorship opportunities.

“Over the next few months, the 2018 Creators for Change Ambassadors will kick off projects addressing hate speech, xenophobia and/or extremism through different creative forms,” wrote Juniper Downs, Head of YouTube Public Policy, “such as a series celebrating the Black community within Brazil and a video project that creates awareness about the negative impact that hate speech can have on mental and physical well-being.”

YouTube has also partnered with the United Nations Development Programme and Bangkok-based social change agency Love Frankie to provide additional support for creators in the Asia-Pacific region. These partners will help facilitate a series of boot camp events in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand that aim to connect local creators with experts from NGOs and other regional authorities. The Creators for Change Ambassadors will provide mentorship to some of these local creators in their region over the months that follow.

The 2017 version of the program helped to educate “over 15,000 young people in over 200 locations,” according to a recap posted by YouTube earlier this year.

Participating Creators

Here’s the full list of participating creators, with asterisks distinguishing creators that were included in 2017’s Creators for Change program: