2019 Y7 Paris, France - June 2019

The application for the 2019 Y7 Summit American youth delegation is now open.

Deadline to apply: 11:59 PM, Thursday, February 7, 2019

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 10-June 15, 2019 in Paris, France and the official organizing entity is Open Diplomacy Institute. 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, Open Diplomacy, 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 Paris. Each delegate will receive $200 from YPFP to cover the cost of the flight to Paris. Additional funds raised through Y7 application fees will be given to each delegate to support flight-related expenses.


The priorities of 2019 Y7 Paris focus on four areas:

  • Economic inequalities
  • Environmental inequalities
  • Technological inequalities
  • Gender inequalities

Delegate requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen and have a U.S. passport;
  • Age 22-30 on June 10, 2019;
  • Live within the United States, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories.

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

Questions or concerns? Email youthsummits@ypfp.org.

2019 Y7 Application Process

Y7 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 verify membership and submit the application:  11:59 PM EST on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Membership verification will include a registration fee of $25 for non-YPFP members. Fee is waived for YPFP members but members must still complete the verification process in order to retrieve the link to the Y7 application. 

After you verify your membership 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 Y7 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 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 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.

By clicking "Complete Verification", you will be taken to the membership verification page. Check your email for a link to the full Y7 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 Y7 Summit and when do I need to arrive? June 10th-June 15, 2019. All delegates will need to arrive by June 9th and depart on June 16th.

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

What accommodations are paid for while in Paris? Open Diplomacy Institute, 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.

Do I need a VISA to enter France? No.

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.