The Young Americas Forum

Since 2005, the Young Americas Forum is the official platform for the participation of young people in the Summits of the Americas processes; providing a permanent, open and inclusive channel for youth to proactively contribute to the definition of priorities and mandates in the region.

At each Forum, young people prepare, discuss and adopt a Youth Declaration of Commitment related to the themes of the Summit; while making concrete recommendations to governments, they also set a hemispheric agenda for the follow-up to agreements reached the Forum.

In parallel, through the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas, participants present innovative solutions to the region's most pressing issues; through this process young people not only share opinions to their Governments but also take on action in responding to hemispheric challenges and to the Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs.

About the Forum (PDF)


YABT Announces International Internship Opportunities

Recent graduates and college seniors will be able to apply for the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) Internship Program

Second Policy Lab addresses the impact of youth participation in hemispheric affairs

Under the theme “Meaningful Youth Participation”, the Second Policy Laboratory organized by the YABT was held, as part of the activities leading to the VI Young Americas Forum of the towards the Ninth Summit of the Americas.

Youth present at the Atlantic Council Panel on the way to the IX Summit of the Americas

With the participation of youth represented by Ms. Cecilia Vilchis, Program Manager of the YABT, together with Claudia Umaña Araujo of FUSADES El Salvador and Alana Rizzo of the YouTube company


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