One of the most rewarding projects I worked on in 2011 was the Next Creator program (comprised of YouTube NextUp, YouTube Next Chef, and YouTube Next Trainer), which has catapulted 91 content creators’ careers across 15 different countries by providing them with production and audience development training, new video equipment, heavy promotion on and off the platform, and mentoring by leading movers like YouTube stars DeStorm, FreddieW and Michelle Phan and industry experts like and Billy Blanks.

But what’s next for the Next Creator program? There are still millions of creators who could benefit from participating in the program, so we’re excited to continue to expand the program further. That’s where YOU come in! We'd like to hear which type of content we should launch for the next round. Maybe you're a budding beauty guru and want to see YouTube Next Beautician; or, perhaps you're a habitual big personality vlogger and have been waiting for YouTube Next Vlogger.

Whatever you want to see next, let us know by voting on some categories and by suggesting your own here. You may vote and submit as many as you’d like before February 19th. We'll then evaluate the top-voted suggestions and bring some of these to you this year!

2012 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for YouTube creators. Stay tuned for more initiatives that will empower you to take your YouTube career to the next level--coming very soon!

Posted by Bing Chen, Global Creator Initiatives Manager, recently watched Ryan The Truth Higa’s “Swog”