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15th October 2020

On Monday 19 October 2020, YMCA’s Youth-Led Solutions Summit: Climate Action will launch with the first of two live virtual events, and we invite you to join us.

youth led solutions

Inspiring young leaders, the thinkers and doers of today, will begin an international dialogue on creating solutions to address the climate crisis. 

A second event on Friday 23 October will look to the future, equipping young leaders to be multipliers of change who can empower others. 

Both events are LIVE: 4pm - 6pm Central European Summer Time // 10 - 12 Eastern Daylight Time 

The two events, launched in partnership with WWF, YMCA of San Francisco, One Young World, and other key partners, take place during two weeks of action.  Hundreds of young leaders from around the world are taking part, coming together as ‘Solution Teams’ to address environmental challenges in their context and communities. 

The events form part of the two-week Youth-Led Solutions Summit, YMCA’s new initiative to amplify youth solutions that positively impact local and global sustainability, the development of just and equitable communities, and the well-being of all people.



Young leaders, educators, activists, business leaders, policymakers, indigenous communities, philanthropists, artists, influencers, NGO staff and volunteers and community members are all invited to join YMCA for these two unique events. These events are for anyone passionate about addressing the climate crisis and committed to taking action in their community.


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The live event will be primarily in English, and translated into French and Spanish.

Conversations, panels and keynotes

Featuring dialogues with young people at different stages of their journey to take action, panel discussions, and specially curated talks, keynotes and conversations with young leaders and world-leading agencies addressing the climate emergency.

Discover the Youth-Led Solutions initiative 

The Summit will also explore the essence of the Youth-Led Solutions initiative, with the launch of seed funding for participating Solution Teams from every continent. 

Hopin, the event platform

Focusing on connections as well as talks and panels, Hopin allows attendees to watch and react together to the content as it happens live, and take a deeper dive into the content post-event. Attendees will have the chance to meet others and stay connected. Plus unique post-Summit connection opportunities for small group conversations and networking with other attendees, participants and speakers.


World YMCA is excited to welcome eclectic and dynamic contributors from different backgrounds in the area of youth leadership, activism and climate. Interactive panel discussions and Q&A sessions, keynote speeches, conversations and dialogues all form part of the programme. More information and updates can be found at www.ymcayouthsolutions.org. 

Patricia Pelton & Carlos Madjri Sanvee 
President / Secretary General, World YMCA

As YMCA deepens its commitment to addressing global issues and amplifying youth solutions that positively impact local and global sustainability, the highest level of YMCA global leadership will set the context and state the reasons for why YMCA is doing this now.

Jayathma Wickramanayake
UN Youth Envoy

Appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. Originally from Sri Lanka, Jayathma has worked extensively on youth development and participation. 

WWF New Deal for Nature & People

Our event partner is seeking to protect and restore nature for the benefit of people and planet – proposing no more loss of natural spaces or extinctions, as well as halving the negative ecological impacts of production and consumption.

Kehkashan Basu
One Young World Ambassador

Winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize, L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honouree and Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence awardee. Founder President of the social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, which has over 2,000 youth ambassadors working in 15 countries.

Dahni-El Giles 
Founder, Uprhizer 

With ‘The Optimist’s Guide To The Climate Crisis: How To Do More Than Hope’ Dahni-El conveys what you need to know, what makes a difference, and what you can do. Co-founder of the Global Regeneration CoLab, and DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding platform that has directed over $875 million to US public school classrooms.


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