YouTube Creators for Change pick 3 winners from Philippines

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This year’s YouTube Creators for Change winners from the Philippines are motivational content creator Ella Banana, NextUp Class of 2019 finalist Lex in Motion, and Class of 2017 finalist Team Lyqa. Photos from YouTube.

The 2020 YouTube Creators for Change project picked 3 winners from the Philippines to produce videos that help address social issues today.

The YouTube Creators for Change is an annual project in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU), and social change agency Love Frankie.

Several creators underwent a workshop in Google’s local headquarters and afterward were invited to submit initial ideas.

A panel of judges across Google and partners carefully selected three creators who received USD5,000 to execute their videos.

The finalists attended a two-day boot camp in Bangkok along with 14 other creators from Asia Pacific where they were taught to address social issues and communicate with impact through YouTube. The boot camp was followed by a local three-month ‘Academy Programme’ where they were mentored by Google, UNDP, and issue experts to produce their projects.

The selected three Filipino creators who received USD5,000 to execute their videos are:

Motivational content creator Ella Banana

Ella Banana’s I Can And I Will, tells the story of Em Quintana, a nurse and a part-time mermaid diagnosed with Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), to promote social inclusion and build awareness on how we should not define a person’s contributions based on their disability alone.

NextUp Class of 2019 finalist Lex in Motion

Lex in Motion’s Nasaan si Toto Ong is a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ interactive YouTube video where viewers are encouraged to participate through fact-checking and critical analysis.

Class of 2017 finalist Team Lyqa

Team Lyqa’s #BeHeardOnYouTube project focuses on social Inclusion for the deaf community, tackling the daily challenges they face, and how creators can make their content more accessible on YouTube through a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the platform’s closed captions.

“YouTube, through our programs like Creators for Change, is committed to helping make the internet a safer and more positive space for Filipinos. We believe in the collective power of the voice and reach of our creators and together with the whole YouTube community, we can help influence and create the world that we aspire to live in,” said Yves Gonzalez, Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Philippines.

Google has been involved in various social advocacies including setting up Google Philippines maps on Taal Volcano victims evacuation centers to help find people and send assistance and working with Filipino news teams to share best practices in newsgathering.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the Philippine winners of the 2020 YouTube Creators for Change.

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