YE The Big Idea is a virtual pitch competition open to YE students and alumni age 13 to 22. We welcome and reward Big Ideas inspired by YE’s 8 Foundational Values in six different categories ranging from non-profits to inventions. 


March 2-20: Submission period

April 14-19: Social media voting to select People’s Choice winner from top 25 (ends at 11:59 p.m. CST)

April 20: Winners announced

What are the prizes?

Up to $20,000 in prize money is available for contestants of The Big Idea competition. 


You can find the following support materials at

  • Competition Guide
  • Supporting Document Guide
  • Scoring Guide
  • Video Pitch Guide
  • Digital version of the Student Recruitment Flyer
    • A copy of this flyer will also be mailed to your school to post in your classroom


Have questions? Contact YE at and/or join us for our Educator Information Session on Monday, February 3 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST.

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