Y20 Delegates Applications

Youth 20 (Y20) Summit 2018

August 13-18, Córdoba, Argentina

YPFP and Global Roundtable are proud to announce the recruitment process to select TWO delegates that will represent the United States at this year’s Y20 Summit in Córdoba, Argentina. If you can not participate in the Y20, please consider making a charitable contribution to support the Y20 delegates and their career growth! Click here to donate.



The Y20 is a leadership summit that convenes young professionals from G20 countries for one week each year to develop policy solutions to current global challenges. Please see the official Y20 2018 website for more background on this year’s Y20 summit.


The Y20 Summit will take place from August 13-18 in Córdoba, Argentina. Delegates must arrive in Córdoba on August 12.


Delegates will participate in online discussion groups (pre-Y20) and negotiation working groups (at the Y20) focused on four main issues related to education for development. They include:

  1. Skills for the 21st century: education for employment, innovative educational methodologies, reducing gender and inequality gaps, teaching skills and citizenship
  2. Future of work: adapt the current labor paradigm, policies for retraining and re-skilling workforce, new technologies, welfare policies, labor policies
  3. Entrepreneurship and self-employment: social entrepreneurship, innovation and welfare effects, youth unemployment, infrastructure to foster local consumption and collaboration, digital economy
  4. Sustainable development and circular economy: strong, sustainable and inclusive development, circular and blue economy, sustainable consumption and resource efficiency

The Y20 will also consist of workshops with high profile government, business, and civil society speakers; sightseeing and cultural immersion; and networking opportunities with young professionals from around the world.

At the end of the process, delegates draft and approve a communiqué outlining specific policy proposals. These recommendations are then presented directly to G20 leaders at the G20 Summit.


YPFP and Global Roundtable seek two (2) young professionals who are interested in international affairs and diplomacy to apply for the U.S. delegation. Current U.S. federal government employees are not eligible.


  • U.S. citizens who possess U.S. passports
  • Live in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, or U.S. Territories at the time of departure to Argentina
  • Potentially commit to working 10 hours a month on follow up actions of Y20, for up to 12 months
  • Young professionals ages 21-30


  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of at least one of the four Y20 topics
  • The capacity to understand global problems with a multicultural perspective


YPFP and Global Roundtable will select two U.S. delegates: one Academic Delegate and one Social Leader Delegate. One female and one male delegate will be selected. An independent committee will review all applications based on the program requirements and application materials submitted. Note, the delegation does not represent the U.S. government in any official capacity.

Academic Delegate:

  • Associates, Bachelor's or Master's degree in an area related to any of the four Y20 policy issues
  • Have at least 1 year of professional experience in private sector, non-profit/NGO or public administration, as a consultant or in the implementation of projects or policies, related to at least one of the four Y20 policy issues
  • Proven interest in the topics related to education and the workforce

Social Leader Delegate:

  • Have at least 2 years of professional experience in private sector, non-profit/NGO or public administration in the implementation of projects and policies related to at least one of the four Y20 policy issues. Volunteering, full time and part-time jobs count as professional experience
  • Currently be an active participant in a youth platform, non-profit or social enterprise which develops and executes projects related to at least one of the four Y20 policy issue
  • Show commitment and ability to develop high impact projects in their community
  • Demonstrated leadership, positive attitude, initiative, and perseverance
  • Proven interest in the topics related to education and the workforce


**Please save all of your documents as First and Last Name_statements and First and Last Name_passport**

Complete the Y20 Application by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. You will be asked to submit:

  • A 1-2 page resume
  • A statement of interest (500 words or less). See below for further instructions
  • A policy statement (500 words or less). See below for further instructions
  • Your statements and resume should be in 1 file so your materials are together. In other words, you should have 3 pages in one file that contain your resume and two statements. Save the file as First and Last Name_statements
  • A scanned copy of your passport page showing your photo, age, and citizenship status. Please save the file as your first and last name. Save the file as First and Last Name_passport

Your statement of interest should address the following questions:

  • Why are you applying for the delegation?
  • What skills or expertise do you bring as a delegate?
  • Why are you interested in the issues being discussed at the 2018 Y20?
  • What do you hope to gain from the experience and how will this experience advance your career?

Policy Statement Instructions:

  • Select one of the four Y20 issues and share one policy solution to address a particular problem related to that issue 
  • Briefly identify the specific problem/challenge you’ve selected, explain why it’s important to address this particular problem (i.e. who or what does it impact), and outline the key aspects of your proposed solution

Delegates will be informed of their selection by May 31, 2018.


What will be the financial arrangement for meals and accommodations while in Córdoba? The Y20 Organizing Committee (OC) in Argentina will cover meals and accommodation in Córdoba from August 12th to August 19th (morning) for each delegate. No further financial aid or per diem will be provided. If delegates wish to extend their stay in Argentina, expenses will not be covered by the OC.

What day will I need to arrive and depart? Delegates are asked to arrive in Córdoba no later than August 12th and depart on August 19th. 

Who will cover the cost of the flight to Argentina? Delegates will be responsible for selecting and paying for their own flights.

Do I need a VISA? Yes. Please note that each delegate will be responsible for applying and paying for their VISA. Please visit the Argentinian Embassy website for more details. You are advised to submit all documents at least thirty (30) days prior to the proposed date of departure to avoid inconvenience.

Do I need to know how to speak Spanish? No. The Summit will take place in English.

YPFP is happy to be partnering with Global Roundtable to select the U.S. Delegation.