2021 Youth Leadership Summit
Student Application Form

Sister Cities International (SCI) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021 Youth Leadership Summit (YLS). The Youth Leadership Summit is designed to engage future leaders and expose them to important global challenges. Through the Summit, SCI empowers young people to think globally, spurring a new generation of citizen diplomats and volunteers who become instrumental in promoting peace, mutual respect, and prosperity. This Summit allows high-school aged youth around the world to meet like-minded peers and mentors to develop decision making and leadership skills, including but not limited to positive and visionary change, resourcefulness, and community cohesiveness to bring diverse community elements together.

This year’s YLS theme is “Solving Today’s Problems to Build A Better Tomorrow.” With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, communities around the world are experiencing more problems than before. Left unaddressed, these issues will grow exponentially and harm more communities in the upcoming years. However, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) can provide a roadmap to tackle the majority of global challenges. During the Summit, students will learn more about the UN SDGs and develop community solutions with their peers.

This year’s Summit will take place virtually and have two components:

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An 8 Week Sustainable Development Goals Training Workshop between June 14 – August 9

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A 2 Day Summit that will take place between August 12-13.

For the first component, 50 students from around the world will gather to work in teams of 5 to plan a project that utilizes the SDGs to provide local solutions to critical global issues. Each team will meet weekly with an advisor and have a chance to listen to 5 expert speakers throughout the Workshop. For the second component, students will join a 2 Day Summit that will be open to outside participants. During the Summit, youth delegates will have the opportunity to present their projects and gain a representative voice as they participate in various speaker discussions and explore the importance of passion, fact-based decision making, and open-mindedness.

Students participating in the Youth Leadership Summit will be chosen through a competitive application process.

As part of the Training Workshop, students will choose from five pre-selected SDG tracks designed to solve real-world problems using their own initiatives. The pre-selected SDGs include:

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SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

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SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

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SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

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SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

If you are passionate about contributing to global understanding and enhancing your voice as a young leader in your society, fill out the application form below to be part of this unique experience.

Selected candidates will be notified on May 17th, 2021 and the first weekly session will be on June 14th, 2021.

Have a question? Please feel free to contact us at youth@sistercities.org.

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    I understand that the Sister Cities International Youth Leadership Summit will take place between August 12-13, 2021 and there will be an 8 week training period prior to the Summit (June 14, 2021 – August 9, 2021). I confirm that I will be available during the program and agree to be present for all the meetings before the Summit.

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    I acknowledge that my child is applying for the Sister Cities International Youth Leadership Summit which will take place between August 12-13, 2021 and there will be an 8 week training period prior to the Summit (June 14, 2021 - August 9, 2011), and agree to waive all claims of any kind against the program organizers.

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