2020 Y7 DC, USA - June 1-5, 2020

The deadline for the application for the 2020 Y7 Summit American youth delegation is now closed.

Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

The Y7 is a leadership summit that convenes young professionals from G7 countries to develop policy solutions to current global challenges.

This year’s Y7 Summit will take place from June 1 - June 5, 2020 in Wahington, D.C., and the official organizing entity is Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Note, the U.S. Y7 delegation does not represent the U.S. federal government in any official capacity.

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

The Y7 Organizing Committee, YPFP, will provide all in-country accommodations (local transportation, lodging, and meals) for the American delegates AND non-American delegates during the course of the summit.

All delegates are responsible for arranging, booking, and covering the costs of their travel to and from Wahington, D.C. Additional funds raised through Y7 application fees will be given to American each delegate to support flight-related expenses.


The priorities of 2020 Y7 DC will be announced soon.


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 22-35 on June 1, 2020.

Note: federal government employees are not eligible to apply.


If you are not familiar with the Y7, browse through the previous Y7 summits, such as Y7 Paris website, and review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Questions or concerns? Email youthsummits@ypfp.org.

2020 Y7 Application Process


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 7, 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 Y7 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

Y7 delegates will be asked to negotiate policy solutions, draft recommendations, and engage with diverse delegates from the other G7 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 past Y7 themes to guide your answer: Economic inequalities, Environmental inequalities, Technological inequalities, Gender inequalities.
  • 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 2020 Y7 American delegation?
  • What are two or three skills sets/experiences you believe you would contribute to the team?
  • U.S. Y7 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?

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 your registration, check your email for a link to the full Y7 application.

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 Y7 Summit and when do I need to arrive? June 1st-June 5th, 2019. All delegates will need to arrive by May 31st and depart on June 6th.

What accommodations are paid for while in DC? YPFP, the Y7 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 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.

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