Frequently Asked Questions

The competition

What are this year's prizes?

First Place: Award presented by the Chief Rabbi First & Second Place: Trip to the United Nations in Geneva All Finalists: Work Experience with Tzedek All Participants: Certificate of Completion

Do I need to respond to every challenge mentioned in the Case Study Scenario?

No. You should try and focus only on a few issues mentioned. However it is important that your project idea would be able to operate in the context of the wider case study. For example, it would be inappropriate for your project to rely on advanced technology as the case study states that the technology available is minimal.

What criteria am I being marked against?

Sustainability, Cost Effectiveness, Viability, Research and Creativity.

Who is marking the Project Proposal Form?

Representatives from Tzedek, a leading charity focused on international sustainable development, will mark your Project Proposal Form and provide you with written feedback.

What resources are available to help with my Project Proposal Form?

On the Global Social Responsibility Hub, you will find an array of resources that will assist you with your Project Proposal Form. These include: YSE Clips on Sustainability, Cost Effectiveness, Power Dynamics and Jewish Thoughts on Global Social Responsibility. It is highly recommended that you watch these clips to help you with developing your idea. Past Project Proposal Forms and Final Pitch Presentations of last year's winners, runners up and 3rd place. This should give you a good idea of the types of projects that are designed and how to communicate your idea effectively. Tzedek's Example Projects will give you an idea of the types of projects that are created in reality. In January 2022, we will run various sessions analysing the Case Study together. This will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you have on your proposals.

What is the Creative Submission stage (Round 2)?

After submitting your Project Proposal Form each group will receive expert feedback from Tzedek. If you are selected to participate in the Creative Submission, you will utilise the feedback provided to you to improve your project. You will demonstrate your progress in a creative way of your choice. This can be a video, poster or anything you can think of! More information on the Creative Submission will be provided nearer the time.

What is the Final Pitch stage (Round 3)?

The top 5 groups will present their project ideas to a panel of expert judges, followed by a live Q&A. The judges will then select the winner of YSE 2022. Further information on the Final Pitch will be provided nearer the time.

When is the trip to the United Nations expected to take place?

The trip to the UN in Geneva is expected to take place towards the end of August. Further details will be provided nearer the time.

Will my project be implemented in real life if I win?

No. The winning group will recieve the prizes mentioned above only.

What are the key dates for the three rounds?

November - February 2022: Project Proposal Form February - March 2022: Creative Submission End of April 2022: Final Pitch

My question hasn't been answered, who should I contact?

If you have any further questions, please contact us at


Why should I take part in YSE?

YSE presets a unique opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by those living in absolute poverty in an interactive and engaging way. You will learn about effective development techniques and will be able to think creatively whilst putting your problem solving skills to the test. By working in a team, pitching your idea to large audiences and balancing your time between different responsibilities, you will develop a vast array of skills that will undoubtedly impress any university or prospective employer. You will also have the chance to win a trip to the United Nations in Geneva amongst other great prizes.

Who can apply for YSE?

To apply for YSE you must be living in the UK and be in years 10-13.

Can I still apply if I don't have a group?

Yes. You can apply as an individual and we will allocate you a group. If you do not yet have a group but think you will be able form one before the deadline, please let us know in the 'additional comments' section of the Sign Up form and send us an email at when your group is confirmed.

Can I apply if I took part last year?

If you took part last year but did not reach the Final Pitch, you are eligible to reapply. If you reached the Final Pitch stage you are unfortunately not eligible to reapply.

I am worried taking part in YSE will impact my exams, any advice?

YSE 2022 is running from November until the end of April. We appreciate some students have exams in May but we are expecting for the Final Pitch to take place before then. We would stress that it is the first two rounds which require the most effort and you should not require too much time to prepare for the Final Pitch. If you have any further concerns please contact us at

When is the deadline to sign up?

The deadline to sign up is 20th February 2022. Please note that this is also the deadline to submit your Project Proposal Form so we would strongly advise you to sign up a few weeks before the deadline.