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)


IAF, YABT and SAS/OAS officially present the InnovAction Challenge: “Innovation in action responding to COVID”

The YABT, the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) and Summits of the Americas Secretariat (SAS/OAS) officially presented the InnovAction Challenge as one of the 3 categories of the XVI edition of the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas 

Voice of the youth present during 50 General Assembly of the OAS

Víctor Ortiz, a young Puerto Rican, represented the voices of the youth that conform the Young Americas Forum, in the framework of the 50 General Assembly of the Organization of American States

YABT and PepsiCo Latin America announce the launch of Eco-Challenge 2021

Eco-Challenge 12.0 promotes a new vision of plastic and contributes to a sustainable future in Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Secretaría de Cumbres de las Américas
  • PepsiCo
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