Youth Summits

YPFP is proud to select and prepare the American youth delegates for the Y7 & Y20 Summits.

The youth summits are engaging, week-long events that bring together rising leaders from around the globe to debate various global challenges.

Click below to see the delegates for the 2019 Y7 Summit in Paris, France and Y20 Summit in Tokyo, Japan.

2018 Y7 Summit

The Y7 is a leadership summit that convenes young professionals from G7 countries for one week each year to develop policy solutions to current global challenges. The 2018 Summit was held in Ottawa, Canada.

Please see the official Y7 2018 website for more information and to read the Communique created by this year’s delegates.

YPFP selected four delegates and they were:

Master of Arts Graduate, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
Regulatory Affairs, Omron Healthcare Europe B.V
Special Assistant, InterAction
Communications Director, Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser

2018 Y20 Summit

The Y20 is an annual diplomatic summit that gathers young leaders from the G20 countries for an opportunity to dialogue about innovative solutions to the world’s toughest problems. The 2018 Summit was held in Cordoba, Argentina and focused on issues related to the future of work.

Read the delegates’ policy recommendations.

The two delegates selected by YPFP were:

Researcher, New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood
Program Assistant, City of Minneapolis-Community Planning and Economic Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I apply to be a 2019 Y7 and Y20 delegate? Yes. However, you must complete the application for each and submit the registration fee separately.

Do I need to have foreign language proficiency in order to apply? No. The summits will take place in English.

What accommodations are paid for during the summits? The summit organizers will cover costs for meals, lodging, and transportation related to the summits.

Do I have to pay for my flight? Yes. All delegates must plan and pay for their own flights. YPFP will cover partial travel costs. Please see each YPFP summit webpage for more details.

Do I need a VISA to attend the summits? A visa is NOT necessary for US passport holders.

What criteria will be used to review applications: The youth summit selection committee will review each application for accuracy (e.g. did the applicant follow all of the instructions?), grammar, specified requirements, and the following attributes:

  • Intellectual Curiosity – Demonstrates a history of learning about international affairs/foreign policy;
  • Leadership Experience – Demonstrates advancement and growth in their personal and/or professional life;
  • Written Communication – Resume and all statements clearly articulate applicants' knowledge and experience;
  • Multicultural Competence – Some exposure to diverse people, cultures, and societies either at work, school, or in their personal life.

Is foreign policy/national security experience required in order to apply? No.

What does the $25 processing fee cover? Fees collected will support the selected delegates' travel to and from Tokyo. Should you be selected as a delegate, you must become a YPFP member. Your $25 processing fee can be applied to your membership.

What happens after the summit? U.S. delegates will submit a joint article about their summit experience and/or policy recommendations.