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G8 & G20 Youth Summit 2013
Application Package

Table of Contents

INSTRUCTIONS

Introduction to YFID & the Youth Summits………...………………………………2

How to apply to the Canadian Delegations………………………………………...3 – 4

Information on the Y8 Summit in London……..……………………………………5

Information on the Y8 Summit in St. Petersburg…………..………………………6

APPPLICATION SECTION

Application Form………….…………………………………………………………..7 – 8

Personal Statement Questions…………………………………………………......9

What is YouthCan for International Dialogue?

YFID is a federally incorporated Canadian Non-Profit organization whose goal is to involve youth in diplomacy and meaningful dialogue at an international level. YFID hosted the very successful 2010 G8/G20 Youth Summit in Vancouver in May 2010. Over 100 delegates from 20 countries came to Canada to participate in the week-long conference.

Every year, YFID recruits students and young professionals to represent Canada at the annual Summit, whose location is in the country where the real G8 Summit takes place. 

Past summits have taken our team to:
* St. Petersburg, Russia (2006)
* Berlin, Germany (2007)
* Yokohama, Japan (2008)
* Milan, Italy (2009)
* Vancouver Canada (2010)
* Paris, France (2011)
* Washington D.C, United States (2012).
In 2013, the summit is being hosted jointly by our partners in Russia and the United Kingdom. The summit will be split into two separate events, with the Y20 Summit taking place in St. Petersburg, and the G8 Summit taking place in London, UK.

About the Event…

The G8 & Y20 Youth Summit is a premier international youth conference that brings together youth representing the Group of Eight (G8) and Group of Twenty (G20) nations to engage in meaningful dialogue and devise innovative policy solutions, to address some the world’s most pressing issues.

The Youth Summit is a global initiative which runs parallel to the real G8 and G20 Summits. Unlike the Model United Nations and other similar events, the G8 & G20 Youth Summit is not simply a re-enactment or simulation.

Rather, in the pursuit of realistic and optimistic goals, the Youth Summit is a forum that allows young people the freedom to express original thought and ingenuity while devising solutions to current international dilemmas. These solutions, in the form of an official communiqué, are then presented to real world leaders and policymakers.

How to apply to the Canadian Delegation

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

To be a Canadian delegate, you must:
* be a Canadian citizen or attend/have attended a Canadian educational institution at the post-secondary level, * be a current post-secondary student, 2nd year CEGEP student or recent post-secondary graduate, and * be under the age of 30.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A DELEGATE

Applications will be judged on an individual basis. Successful applicants will generally display the following: 1. Teamwork and Leadership Experience: Delegates must have demonstrated experience working in teams and taking on leadership responsibilities. 2. Interest/Expertise in Global Issues: Delegates must demonstrate an active interest in international dialogue and current events. Preference will be given to those with special interest and/or expertise in the portfolios for which they are applying. 3. Communication Skills: Delegates must possess superior written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated through team-based activities. 4. International Experience and Cultural Sensitivity: Delegates must display intercultural sensitivity and cultural awareness. Although not required, preference will be given to those with some international experiences. 5. Unique Backgrounds: We are looking to form a delegation of individuals from diverse backgrounds with wide-ranging academic interests, varied extra-curricular experiences, different home provinces and distinct life stories. Students with disabilities, of...
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