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YouTube is welcoming 47 creators into its Creators for Change program this year.

The Creators for Change program, which was started in 2016, spotlights inspiring YouTube creators who use their channels to change conversations about tough issues and to have a positive impact on the world. The chosen creators must have passion for and dedication to enabling social change.

Who’s in this year?

The 2018 Creators of Change lineup comes from 16 different countries and has a combined total of 18 million fans. 47 creators are participating in the program this year. 31 of those creators are new while 16 creators are returning from last year’s program.

A few of the creators from the United States include Jouelzy, Yasmany Del Real, Hallease, Beleaf in Fatherhood, Subhi Taha and Jubilee Project.

These Creators Will Receive Support from YouTube to Battle Hate Speech

YouTube is investing $5 million into the Creators for Change program to provide these creators with project funding, mentorship opportunities and ongoing production assistance from YouTube Spaces.

YouTube says that over the next couple of months, the 2018 Creators for Change Ambassadors will launch projects addressing hate speech, xenophobia and extremism through “different creative forms,” such as a series celebrating the Black community within Brazil and a video project that raises awareness about the negative impact that hate speech can have.

YouTube also announced that it's partnering with the United Nations Development Programme and social change agency Love Frankie to support YouTube creators from the Asia-Pacific region. This partnership will bring a series of Boot Camps to Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand between June and November 2018, where creators will workshop creating content about local issues alongside experts such as NGOs, academic authorities and subject matter specialists.

After these Boot Camps, a few selected local creators will participate in a three-month Academy Program that includes mentoring from Creators for Change Ambassadors, local experts and NGOs to help produce informed and high-quality content that resonates in those specific countries.

To learn more about the Creators for Change program, visit YouTube's Official Blog.

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Sean Berry
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