The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit
The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit convenes 500+ leading stakeholders from more than 55 countries to connect, learn, and collaborate. Now in its 12th year, the Summit is a leading annual touchpoint for the youth economic opportunities community.
Each year, the Summit convenes diverse stakeholders from across our sector who are committed to advancing social and economic well-being of young people globally. Decision makers, innovators and leading technical experts join the Summit to increase the impact, scale and sustainability of their youth economic opportunities programming, policies, and partnerships.
Participants strengthen partnerships, improve technical capacity, and expand their awareness of current and emerging approaches in youth development. Learn more about who attends.
About the 2018 GYEO Summit Theme & Learning Agenda
Last year’s GYEO Summit, which focused on the future of work for youth in developing contexts, offered our community a unique opportunity to learn about the biggest trends associated with a changing world of work. We explored emerging topics such as digital disruption and the growing “gig” economy. The Summit learning agenda also helped to deepen our understanding of blended approaches to teaching digital skills and soft skills, as well as how both old and new technologies are deployed in work readiness programs to reach marginalized and at-risk youth, including youth migrants and refugees.
In 2018, the GYEO Summit theme is, “Generation 2030: Learning & Earning in a Changing World of Work”. Our learning agenda will build on our focus on the future of work, but move from broad trends to a deeper examination of critical topics such as emerging industries for employment (technology, healthcare, renewables); behavioral skills and holistic programming; talent acquisition and work-based learning for Opportunity Youth (employer perspectives); and youth-led social impact entrepreneurship, among other topics. We will also link the Summit agenda to the learning outcomes of our 2018 Research Roundtable (anticipated in mid-April).
The 2018 Summit theme is supported by a strategic learning agenda designed to capture and build upon learning outcomes year-to-year, and is organized around four, inter-connected Summit technical tracks. These are:
Building a Foundation: Now that we have a better idea of what skills are critical for youth development and economic success, how do we best support the acquisition of these skills?
Ready for the Global Workforce: How do we prepare youth for transition to the workforce and for the demands of today’s rapidly transforming global economy?
Livelihoods Through Self-Employment: What programs and policies best nurture the ecosystem for youth entrepreneurship and self-employment in a changing world of work?
Global Context Matters: How is youth economic opportunity impacted by global, cross-cutting factors such as gender, conflict, migration, climate change, and policy?
Summit cross-cutting topics include Gender; Scale & Sustainability; Conflict; Technology; Financial Inclusion; Agriculture & Rural Development; and Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL). (Learn more about last year’s Summit theme, tracks, and cross-cutting topics).
The GYEO Summit team and the Summit Global Advisory Committee are currently developing the full 2018 Theme and Learning Agenda. Please check back here for the latest updates, and mark your calendars for the launch of the annual GYEO Summit Call for Proposals on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.