WHAT IS THE GYC?
The GYC is a 3 day international conference that aims to develop young global leaders and raise awareness on global issues and citizenship. The goal is to hold an event run by young people for young people that results in positive local and global impact.
The GYC is an event that strives to help young people “discover” 3 important things. They are:
(1) Global Issues and Local Issues
Discover, learn about and develop awareness of local and global issues as global citizens and in an interdependent world, so that they can recognize issues as their own during a global era.
2) Leadership Skills and Confidence
Uncover new skills and abilities, and gain confidence and self reliance.
(3) Strong Relationships
Develop a network of long-lasting friends to work with and support each other in the face of on-going social challenges.
Through these 3 pillars, the GYC fosters the spirit of connection with other GYC delegates and broader society and provides a pathway for young people to better themselves in their own way.
Further, the GYC is run on the principle of “Youth Empowerment” by conducting a series of online workshops, cultural activities, and debates. These experiences facilitate networking, leadership development, and thinking, learning, discussing and acting on global issues.
As the Earth’s average temperature continues to rise causing weather change, increased natural disasters and rising sea levels, the world faces an unprecedented challenge to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 and net zero by 2050. What can young people do to take action on the environment and change our behaviours to reduce our personal and collective carbon footprints?
POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
Measuring our carbon footprints
The 5 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle
Everyday steps to helping the planet
Creating a local action charter
The science behind global warming
Learn about environmental issues, sustainable living and how they relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)s. Workshop practical solutions to these issues with young people from around the world.
CALL TO ACTION
Draft a “Call to Action” to improve awareness, policy and practices on environmental action at your organisation or in your community.
Unpack your learnings for the day with your team
FUN ACTIVITIES & PRIZES
Enjoy interactive and fun team-based online activities
WHAT CAN I GET OUT OF THE GYC?
Learn together with a diverse group of youth leaders
Test your ideas and build confidence in a friendly and supportive environment
Broaden your perspective on global issues
Learn what it is to be a global citizen
Get active in your community through the GYC Call to Action
Communication and resilience
HEAR FROM FORMER GYC PARTICIPANTS
Although it was my first time to participate at the GYC I was really impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the other delegates to get involved in the activities. As my confidence grew, I could make friends with people from overseas and test my English skills. I also realized the importance of talking about and taking action on social issues so I started a project with my classmates to act as a global citizen and make positive social change in our communities.
The GYC is an event that allows for personal and professional transformation. Through its workshops, leadership development and cross-cultural activities, it challenges our comfort zones, gives us opportunities to make lifetime international friendships and immerse ourselves in new cultures, and teaches life skills that prepare us to be strong global citizens of the future.
Payment for the Global Youth Conference participation fee can be made by bank transfer or Flywire. Details will be sent after sending in your application.
*Interpreting support for sessions in English and Japanese
Registration closes 7/21
Registration closes 7/31
Registration closes 7/21
To join the GYC you must:
・Be between the ages of 16-30
・Agree to the rules and uphold the conference values
・Be willing to make new friends and share your ideas with others
＊It is recommended to use a laptop/ desktop, or to have more than 2 devices, such as a tablet and a smartphone.