International Youth Summit

Thank you for joining us at 2021's International Youth Summit!

In recognition of the United Nations designated International Youth Day on August 12, the Summit gives young people the tools to engage with global problems facing Utah, the United States, and the world, and ultimately encourage them to become worldwide change agents. During the event, attendees heard from speakers, participated in interactive sessions, and networked with peers. Attendees also learned how to apply to our college program - the Global Leaders Scholarship Fund, and our high school program - the Young Diplomats of Utah.

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College and Career Agenda, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Complementary Headshot Photos
In today’s image-driven digital age, you have a shorter time than ever to make an impression. Your headshot is both an introduction and a first impression, and a great one makes an impact, allowing your personality and expertise to shine through. Receive a complimentary professional headshot that can be used to scale up your social media profiles.

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Welcome and Event Kickoff
In this opening session, Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy and Global Leaders Scholarship Fund (GLSF) Committee representatives set the agenda and highlight sessions for the day. Then, former Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Utah Valley University Chief International Officer Baldomero Lago will introduce and honor the 2020-2021 GLSF recipients.
Make sure to introduce yourself to these inspiring young leaders throughout the day!

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
How governments can promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth
Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
Sustained and inclusive economic growth is a prerequisite for improved livelihoods for people around the world. Economic growth can lead to new and better employment opportunities and provide greater economic security, resulting in reduced wage gaps and diminishing glaring inequalities between the rich and the poor. Learn how the Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development is creating an ecosystem of equitable economic growth in the community.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Lunch Reception
Remarks given by Chris Redgrave about the GLSF
7 for 17 Award Winner Ameena Ahmed will share her secrets to telling and listening to stories while working for systemic change.
Followed by the 7 for 17 Award Ceremony

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Choice of session:
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: How youth leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship reduces inequalities
Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduce Inequalities
The saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. Join 7 for 17 Award Winners and Global Leaders Scholarship Recipients as they discuss how their project, efforts, and work reduces inequalities and explore the conditions it takes for Utah’s young people to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
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The Office & The Advocacy: Unlocking the power of systemic change towards peace, justice, and strong institutions
Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Join Daud Mumin, March For Our Lives, and Utah State Representative Karen Kwan as they discuss their unique approaches to creating peace, justice, and strong institutions. They will compare and contrast their roles, share best practices, and learn how to amplify and build different routes of systemic change.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Choice of session:
Climate Action: The changing climate and a changing Utah Panel Discussion
Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action
Learn from a panel of 7 for 17 Award Winners and Global Leaders Scholarship Recipients about how they work to mitigate the impacts of climate change while reducing the state’s carbon emissions right here in Utah.
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Citizen Diplomat Seat: How to join the U.S. Department of State Foreign Services
Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals
Want an exciting career traveling the world? Hear from Christina "CJ" Hernandez, a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State, about her work in the weeds as a Foreign Service Officer. CJ will discuss her experience resolving conflict, developing and implementing diplomatic policy, and coordinating United States Department of State efforts worldwide.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Northern Utah and Laguna Pueblo Cultural Dance
One of many Native American traditions is the Pow Wow, a gathering of people who come together for song and dance, to renew friendships, and enjoy good health. Today’s presentation will include a brief description why the pow wow is important to the Native American People. Presenters will describe certain dance categories, demonstrate the dance, and then invite guests to join in each dance. Will have two presenters from different genders who will showcase different dance styles. Audience will join depending on gender. Guests will learn why pow wow is important in carrying on the tradition for overall physical and mental health.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Moment in a Movement: Tapestry Project
The Tapestry Project is an art project that will grow and inspire youth each year at the International Youth Summit. The narrative of this tapestry will capture the inspiration, ideas, solutions, and commitment youth will make in their journey as the future leaders of Utah.
Before you leave, please take a moment to participate in our art project to capture this moment in a much larger movement. Take a cloth square, and write an answer to one or more of the following questions:

1. What inspired you the most today?
2. What commitment will you make today to advance one of the 17 SDG Goals?
3. How are you a change agent?

High School Agenda, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Complementary Headshot Photos
In today’s image-driven digital age, you have a shorter time than ever to make an impression. Your headshot is both an introduction and a first impression, and a great one makes an impact, allowing your personality and expertise to shine through. Receive a complimentary professional headshot that can be used to scale up your social media profiles.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Diplomacy Simulation – International Migration Crisis
Learn diplomacy both as a concept and as a practical skill. By working in teams to present, argue, and find solutions to a shared problem, youth will develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills, and deepen global understanding.

This diplomacy simulation is organized by high school students Heber Ford, Bridget Raymundo, Ameena Ahmed, and Kerrianne Skidmore.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Lunch Reception
Remarks given by Chris Redgrave about the GLSF
7 for 17 Award Winner Ameena Ahmed will share her secrets to telling and listening to stories while working for systemic change.
Followed by the 7 for 17 Award Ceremony

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Choice of session:
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: How youth leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship reduces inequalities
Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduce Inequalities
The saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. Join 7 for 17 Award Winners and Global Leaders Scholarship Recipients as they discuss how their project, efforts, and work reduces inequalities and explore the conditions it takes for Utah’s young people to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
OR
The Office & The Advocacy: Unlocking the power of systemic change towards peace, justice, and strong institutions
Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Join Daud Mumin, March For Our Lives, and Utah State Representative Karen Kwan as they discuss their unique approaches to creating peace, justice, and strong institutions. They will compare and contrast their roles, share best practices, and learn how to amplify and build different routes of systemic change.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Citizen Diplomat Seat: Become a National Geographic Explorer
Daniela Larsen, Executive Director of the Hutchings Museum and National Geographic Explorer, will share riveting stories of cultural exchange and foreign relations that have shaped her experiences. Walk away from this session inspired to follow this career path.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Northern Utah and Laguna Pueblo Cultural Dance
One of many Native American traditions is the Pow Wow, a gathering of people who come together for song and dance, to renew friendships, and enjoy good health. Today’s presentation will include a brief description why the pow wow is important to the Native American People. Presenters will describe certain dance categories, demonstrate the dance, and then invite guests to join in each dance. Will have two presenters from different genders who will showcase different dance styles. Audience will join depending on gender. Guests will learn why pow wow is important in carrying on the tradition for overall physical and mental health.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Moment in a Movement: Tapestry Project
The Tapestry Project is an art project that will grow and inspire youth each year at the International Youth Summit. The narrative of this tapestry will capture the inspiration, ideas, solutions, and commitment youth will make in their journey as the future leaders of Utah.
Before you leave, please take a moment to participate in our art project to capture this moment in a much larger movement. Take a cloth square, and write an answer to one or more of the following questions:

1. What inspired you the most today?
2. What commitment will you make today to advance one of the 17 SDG Goals?
3. How are you a change agent?

Utah's 7 for 17 Awards

Utah's 7 for 17

Congratulations to this year's 7 for 17 Award Winners! 
Click here to read about these extraordinary young people.

 

The 7 for 17 Award recognizes young Utahns who are working to achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Utah, the United States, and around the world. The 7 for 17 award winners exemplify Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy’s core values of respect, social responsibility, and open dialogue.

Each 7 for 17 award winner must demonstrate a commitment to meeting one (or multiple) of the 17 United National Sustainable Development Goals through novel, innovative, or unique means. These goals are:

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Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the 7 for 17 nomination, individuals must:

  • Have resided in the state of Utah for at least 1 year
  • Be between the ages of 14-32 years old on August 12, 2021
  • Not currently running for political/elected office

Nominations for the 2021 cohort of Utah's 7 for 17 are closed. Winners will be announced shortly.

Judging Criteria

Nominations will be judged by a panel of young people, UCCD staff, and community leaders whose work relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The criteria are as follows:

  • Demonstrated commitment to furthering Utah’s local and/or global community
  • Demonstrated commitment to UCCD’s guiding principle of citizen diplomacy
  • Promising trajectory in personal, professional, or social life that could be aided by recognition

Global Leaders Scholarship Fund

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Launched in 2020 as a legacy of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference hosted by Salt Lake City, the Global Leaders Scholarship Fund (GLSF) empowers Utah's young people to participate in critical global conversations with peers from around the world.

Recipients of the Global Leaders Scholarship will travel in cohorts to international events in the United States and around the world, representing Utah and addressing the global challenges we face.

The Global Leaders Scholarship Fund will be featured heavily during the International Youth Summit.

Learn more about GLSF

Young Diplomats of Utah

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The Young Diplomats of Utah enables high school students to engage with the global community in their hometown. World affairs is the fundamental basis of our program - we introduce youth to the knowledge and resources to develop their leadership skills and combine this understanding with field experiences, including cultural awareness, lectures, diplomacy simulations, and volunteerism and service projects. The results are youth who are committed to civic activism, engaged with Utah's diverse peoples, and practicing our guiding principle of citizen diplomacy - the concept that we all have the right and responsibility to help shape foreign relations one handshake at a time.

Learn More About YDoU

 

Thank you to the generous Sponsors and Partners from the 2021 International Youth Summit:

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This event has received funding from Utah Humanities. Utah Humanities (UH) empowers groups and individuals to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.