Youth Leadership Summit

Do you know a young person capable of changing the world? Join us in fostering the next generation of diplomatic leaders.2017 Youth Leadership Summit students at the Parade of Flags

Now more than ever, our mission of promoting peace through people-to-people relationships is essential to communities worldwide. To ensure that peaceful and mutually beneficial global relationships continue to grow and thrive, it’s up to us to engage the next generation of citizen diplomats.

Through our annual Youth Leadership Summit (YLS), Sister Cities International empowers young people to think globally, spurring a new generation of citizen diplomats who become instrumental in promoting peace, mutual respect, and prosperity.

  • Event Description

    The Youth Leadership Summit is designed to engage the next generation of leaders and introduce them to the world of international affairs.

    Through a specialized diplomatic simulation, site visits, speaker sessions, and peer collaboration, participants will learn how different national interests drive international cooperation on critical issues.

    The Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) will provide students with effective problem solving strategies, leadership skills, and insights into international affairs.

    Students will experience a taste of college life by lodging in dorms. Chaperones will supervise the students throughout the Summit.

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  • Registration
    Online registration for the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit is now closed.

    If you would like to register a student, please contact Alyssa Fox, Program Manager, with the following information:

    • Student name(s)
    • City or town where the student resides
    • Contact name and contact details (phone and email)
  • Fees and Eligibility
    Students aged 14-18 are welcome to participate in our Youth Leadership Summit.

    $600 – Member City Youth Participant

    $650 – Non-Member City Youth Participant

    $350 – Local Youth Participant (Member and Non-member)*

    $25 – Ground transportation to and from airport Wednesday 8/1 and Sunday 8/5

    *Does not include lodging at University of Denver or breakfast

  • Marketing Flyer
    To download a PDF for this year’s Youth Leadership Summit, please click here.

To learn more about what students have done in past summit, check out our recaps below. Past YLS participants have reported that they gained a newfound interest in international affairs and the role that United States cities play on a global scale.

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