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Bright Future Prize gets ready to choose its finalists!

ACT's Bright Future Prize is now closed for entries to its 2023 competition!

Through the prize, ACT searches the globe for teenagers aged 13-19 with aspirations to make a difference to the world around them – whether through community, the environment, technology, or arts and sport.

We received entries from teens stretching from Brazil to Australia with a whole host of ideas. Here's a sneak peek of just some of them...

For now, find out how our young finalists will be chosen, and who will be in with a chance of winning a share of £40,000 to invest in their community project ideas!

Re-cap! What is the ACT Bright Future Prize?

The Bright Future Prize was founded by ACT, Ardonagh's independent charity, in 2021 in memory of Freddie Williams, son of Towergate colleague David and his wife Sarah, who is now an Independent ACT Trustee. Freddie died from a rare from of cancer and to honour his legacy, ACT gives back to young people to support them to make a difference - with his parents helping our ACT Trustees choose our Bright Future winners each year.

Freddie William's (in who's memory the Bright future prize was set up for) family standing outside a helicopter before flight
Freddie, second right, with his parents and brother and sister, ready to go on a family helicopter ride.

Through the annual competition, ACT empowers and invests in tomorrow's community leaders by searching the world for young people with amazing ideas for projects that aim to make a difference.

To date, over £60,000 has been won in funding by young people and in 2023/24, a further £40,000 will be won by teens with a passion to do good across four categories.

Choosing our 2023/2024 winners. What happens next?

We've had entries from teenagers in countries right across the world, stretching from Brazil to Australia.

In December, our ACT Trustees will review the applications and make the difficult decision of selecting a shortlist of finalists.

Our finalists will then be filmed, so we can learn even more about them and their bright ideas and which we will share with you through our finalists showcase towards the start of 2024.

In March, our ACT Trustees, along with Freddie's parents, will then choose our winners, who will share the £40,000 prize fund which will enable them to turn their idea into a reality!

Get a feel for winning ideas

Our 2023/24 winners are still to be chosen, but we've had some incredible young people already be crowned Bright Future champions over 2022 and 2021. Here's a snapshot of their ideas and you can visit the Bright Future Prize page to learn more!

Our Bright Future Prize winners to date (from top left clockwise) Jeffrey, Sara, Muhammad, Dawn to the Light and Kaydi.

Learn more and keep up to date

Visit the Bright Future Prize page to discover the stories behind all our winners to date.

Follow ACT on Instagram and Facebook to keep in the loop about all things Bright Future, and ACT! Find us @ardonaghCT or 'Ardonagh Community Trust'.