Y20 Summit 2019 - Tokyo, Japan - May 2019

The application for the American Delegation at the Youth 20 (Y20) Summit 2019 is now open.

Deadline to apply: 11:59 PM EST, Friday, February 15, 2019

The Y20 is a leadership summit that convenes young professionals from G20 countries to develop policy solutions to current global challenges.

This year’s Y20 Summit will take place from May 26-30, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan, and the official organizing entity is G7/G20 Youth Japan, a non-profit organization designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan. Note, the U.S. Y20 delegation does not represent the U.S. federal government in any official capacity.

YPFP will select two American delegates to represent American youth voices.

The Y20 Organizing Committee, G7/G20 Youth Japan, will provide all in-country accommodations (local transportation, lodging, and meals) for delegates during the course of the summit.

Delegates are responsible for arranging, booking, and covering the costs of their travel to and from Tokyo, as well as obtaining a visa, if necessary, to enter Japan. Each delegate will receive $500 from YPFP to cover the cost of the flight to Tokyo. Additional funds raised through Y20 application fees will be given to each delegate to support flight-related expenses.


The priorities of 2019 Y20 Tokyo focus on three areas:

1) International Trade

International trade is one of the key components of the world economy. It is evolving with increasing complexity and in part influenced by the current political climate. New technologies – in both physical and virtual infrastructure –are providing global products and services in a world where geographical borders matter much less than before. As young professionals, Y20 delegates will discuss the way international trade is changing and what shape it might take in the future.

2) Business and Environment

Global efforts to address environmental issues have produced tangible outcomes (the Paris Agreement, SDGs etc.), yet further international collaboration is required to take transformative actions to combat environmental issues including climate change and the increasingly recognized issue of marine plastic debris. Y20 delegates will discuss how governments and corporations are able to maintain their economic growth while moving towards a sustainable environment.

3) Future of Work

The labor force is changing dramatically due to various macro-level shifts including the digital economy, aging society, gender reforms and emerging technologies. Unless people are given the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to adapt to a changing work environment, many will face unemployment, which in turn may exacerbate inequality. Y20 delegates will discuss how our labor force should function in the future and how to prepare for inevitable shifts in the world economy.

Delegate requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen and have a U.S. passport;
  • Age 22-30 on May 26, 2019;
  • Live and be physically present within the United States, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories.

Please note, Federal government employees are not eligible to apply. 

If you are not familiar with the Y20, browse through the official Y20 Tokyo website and review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Questions or concerns? Email youthsummits@ypfp.org.

2019 Y20 Application Process

Y20 Tokyo 2019 Timeline

Please read and follow the instructions carefully.  We suggest you prepare all of your materials PRIOR to completing your application. You will not be able to save and return to the form.


Deadline to register and submit the application:  11:59 PM EST on Friday, February 15, 2019.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be disqualified.

The registration fee is $25 for non-YPFP members and will be waived for YPFP members. You must register in order to retrieve the link to the 2019 Y20 Tokyo application. 


After you register and/or pay the processing fee, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the application. The application will require you to submit:

1-2 page Resume/CV

Situational Statement - 500 words or less

Y20 delegates will be asked to negotiate policy solutions, draft recommendations, and engage with diverse delegates from the other G20 countries. In representing American youth at the summit, you will engage with delegates who propose policies that would not be beneficial for American youth and/or delegates with opposing attitudes about the United States. Answer these two questions in your statement:

  • Describe how you would diplomatically and effectively engage your peers to ensure policy compromises are reached? Use an example of a policy proposal that you care about that overlaps with one of the Y20 themes to guide your answer.
  • How would others describe your ability to diplomatically and effectively address conflict or differences of opinion? Give an example of this in action.

Short Responses - (100 words or less each)

  • Why do you want to join the 2019 Y20 American delegation?
  • What are two or three skills sets/experiences you believe you would contribute to the team?
  • U.S. Y20 delegates represent American youth voices abroad. How would you go about collecting youth concerns and ideas so that the delegation is able to articulate the diverse perspectives of American youth?
  • How do you plan to share this experience with other young people in your community?

Scanned copy of your passport page showing your photo, age, and citizenship status. Save the file as First and Last Name_passport.

Your resume, situation statement, and short responses should be saved together in 1 file. Save the file as First and Last Name_statements in .pdf or Microsoft Word (.doc) format.

After you complete registration, check your email for a link to the full Y20 application.

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.

What are the dates of the 2019 Y20 Summit and when do I need to arrive? May 26-May 30, 2019. All delegates will need to arrive by May 25th and depart on May 31st.

Do I need to have Japanese-language proficiency in order to apply? No. The summit will take place in English.

What accommodations are paid for while in Tokyo? G7/G20 Youth Japan, the Y20 organizer, will cover costs for meals, lodging, and transportation related to the summit.

Do I have to pay for my flight? Yes. All delegates must plan and pay for their own flights. YPFP will provide $500 reimbursements to delegates.

Do I need a VISA to enter Japan? A visa is NOT necessary for US passport holders visiting Japan for a short-term stay of less than 90 days with the purpose of tourism and business.

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.