Instagram Launches 6th Edition of Flagship Youth Program, “Counter Speech Fellowship” in India

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Instagram, in association with the Young Leaders for Active Citizenship (YLAC), on Friday announced a new edition of its flagship youth program – the Counter Speech Fellowship.

The program is in its sixth year and aims to engage young people in topics that matter to them and encourage them to lead conversations about them online.

““The Counter Speech Fellowship engages creative teens to use the power of visual storytelling to start meaningful conversations about issues important to young citizens around the world. The program is built around the idea of ​​using art for positive expression and advocacy, and is designed as an incubator for the next generation of leaders and activists,” Instagram said in an official statement.

The 2022 scholarship will focus on four themes: gender equality, diversity, bullying, and mental well-being.

Natasha Jog, Public Policy Manager, Instagram, Facebook India said, “Instagram is a place where people express themselves creatively. The catalyst for such creativity is a positive environment and that is why we are investing in the stock market for the sixth year now.

“Young people from all over India have been part of this community and have gone on to create communities that voice the opinions of young people and advocate for societal change. We are grateful for the continued partnership with YLAC and the ecosystem made up of parents and young people, who invest their time and energy to make this scholarship an essential part of a young person’s digital education,” said Jog.

Rohit Kumar, Co-Founder, YLAC, said, “Since we launched the Counter Speech Fellowship, nearly 1,100 highly talented and passionate fellows have harnessed the power of social media to create a world that embraces differences and brings support for those in need. most.”

Kumar added, “Many fellows have also taken it upon themselves to learn from the fellowship outside of the program, starting conversations in their families, schools, and communities through their writings, webinars, outreach to influencers and decision makers and collaboration with eminent personalities. civil society organizations. We are very excited about the continued partnership with Instagram to bring this very important initiative to more young changemakers in India.

The fellowship is designed as a fully-funded engagement in which fellows meet every other week for a few hours. The total duration of the scholarship is two months. It was designed as a virtual engagement since last year. All sessions will be conducted online and the program is open to all students between the ages of 13 and 18 currently enrolled in a school in India. The deadline for submitting applications is May 13, 2022.

Launched in 2017, the Counter Speech Fellowship has since seen the participation of young people from more than 80 cities, Instagram said.

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February 25, 2022

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