2020 Y20 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - October 10-18

The application for the 2020 Y20 Summit American youth delegation is now closed.

The deadline has passed.

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 October 11 - October 18, 2020, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the official organizing entity is Y20 Saudi Arabia 2020 Youth. Note, the U.S. Y7 and Y20 delegation does not represent the U.S. federal government in any capacity. YPFP will select three American delegates to represent American youth voices.

The Y20 Organizing Committee, Y20 Saudi Arabia 2020 Youth, will provide all in-country accommodations (local transportation, lodging, and meals)  during the course of the summit. All delegates are responsible for arranging, booking, and covering the costs of their travel to and from Riyadh. Additional funds raised through Y20 application fees will be given to each delegate to support flight-related expenses.


The priorities of 2020 Y20 Riyadh are:

  • Future Fit: Ready to keep up with and overtake the challenges of the future.
    • Future Skills
    • Future of Work
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Youth Empowerment: Agile, dynamic leaders in a changing world.
    • Decision-Making Inclusion
    • Leadership Development
  • Global Citizens: Proactive, culturally sensitive problem solvers.
    • Multiculturalism
    • Sustainable Development


American delegate requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen and have a U.S. passport AND reside within the United States, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories at the time of application.
  • Age 20-35 on October 10, 2020.
  • Applicants must be university graduates or working towards a degree relevant to Y20 2020 priority areas. It is highly recommended that applicants have working or volunteering experience as well as previous experience & representation in global fora and summits.
  • Able to attend and commit to the Y20 Summit, one of the working meetings mentioned below, and training program (online).
    • First Working Meeting - Ecosoc Youth Forum, New York, April 1st-2nd
    • Second Working Meeting - Vivatech, Paris, June 11th-12th
    • Third Working Meeting - TBD

Please note: In total, there will be 3 working meetings in addition to the Y20 Summit. As there will be 3 delegates per country, each delegate will attend one of the working meetings and all three will be invited to the Summit. Only one of the meetings will take place in the USA.


Note: federal government employees are not eligible to apply.


If you are not familiar with the Y20, browse through the previous Y20 summits, such as Y20 Japan website, and review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Questions or concerns? Email merritt.ogle@ypfp.org.

2020 Y20 Application Process

Y20 2020 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 Wednesday, February 26, 2020. 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 2020 Y20 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. 1-2 page Resume/CV

2. 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 priority areas to guide your answer (can be found at the top of this page).
  • How would others describe your ability to diplomatically and effectively address conflict or differences of opinion? Give an example of this in action.

3. Short Responses - (100 words or less each)

  • Why do you want to join the 2020 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 at home and 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?

4. 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 Last and First Name_statements in .pdf format.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I apply to be a 2020 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 2020 Y20 Summit and when do I need to arrive? October 10 -October 18, 2020. All delegates will need to arrive by October 9th and depart on October 19th.

What accommodations are paid for while in Riyadh? The Y20 organizer, Y20 Saudi Arabia 2020 Youth, 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 equal and partial reimbursements to delegates.

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, but highly recommended.

What does the $25 processing fee cover? Fees collected will support the selected delegates' travel to and from Riyadh. 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.