Youth Leadership Summit

We're fostering the next generation of diplomatic leaders. Sister Cities International welcomes students ages 14-18 to participate in our annual Youth Leadership Summit.

YLS Students holding flags at 2017 Annual ConferenceDo you know a young person capable of changing the world?

Now more than ever, our mission of promoting peace through people-to-people relationships is essential to local and international communities. 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.

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 moderated by the U.S. Diplomacy Center, site visits, speaker sessions, and peer collaboration, participants will learn how different national interests drive international cooperation on critical issues. Over three days, the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) will provide students with effective problem solving strategies, leadership skills, and insights into international affairs.

Past YLS participants reported that they gained a newfound interest in international affairs and the role that U.S. cities play in this equation. Through 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.

Students will experience a taste of college life by lodging at the dorms at Virginia Wesleyan College. Chaperones will supervise the students throughout the Summit.

To learn more about what students have done in past summit, check out our recaps below.

2017 Recap

2016 Recap

2015 Recap

2014 Recap

2013 Recap

Questions? Email Alyssa Fox at afox@sistercities.org

Take Action

This year marks a pivotal moment during which Sister Cities International is celebrating 60 years of peace through people. Get involved in this momentous year.
More Information

Donate

As the world becomes smaller, and connections online become more frequent than face-to-face interactions, multicultural understanding at the community level is more important than ever. Sister Cities International enables citizen diplomats in communities across the world to develop relationships with communities in other countries that are based on cultural understanding and mutual cooperation.Donate