The Youth Program


 
From the “March for Our Lives” movement in the United States to Malala Yousafzai taking a stand in Pakistan, youth have been stepping up to become the next generation bold, changemakers. The Youth Action Forum aims to empower participants' children to begin to develop their own leadership skills and consider how they can be change agents in their communities. 

Offered concurrently to the adult programming, youth from around the world will participate in classic, text-based seminar sessions, action oriented workshops, and some intergenerational dialogues all while taking the time to explore the surrounding beauty of Aspen. The Youth Action Forum is the perfect way to bring the Fellowship experience to the entire family. Both the adult and youth participants will receive the same readings, meaning that the lessons can be shared by parents and children alike. 

The Youth Action Forum is intended for young people between the ages of 10-18. We anticipate 120 youth participants from 30+ countries.  It will offer:
  • Readings-based seminar sessions facilitated by the Aspen Global Leadership Network’s Moderator Corps and select guest Moderators. These sessions will offer participants the opportunity to reflect on their own values and passions while learning from their peers from around the world in socratic dialogue. 
  • Programming designed to help empower participants to be become change agents in their own communities. Through art, reflection, and collaboration, participants will have the opportunity to explore how they can transform their core values into action. 
  • Excursions exploring the beautiful, surrounding wilderness of Aspen, Colorado. 

The cost to attend is $1,000 per child. Space is limited, so be sure to sign your child up during registration, which opens on February 6, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST. 
 

Hear From Past Participants

  • Anya Abraham On Her Experience At The Youth Action Forum
    Anya Abraham On Her Experience At The Youth Action Forum
    I attended my first Aspen youth camp four years ago. I was livid that I had to waste part of my precious summer vacation at a camp where I thought we had to analyze 72 pages of literature. I promised myself I’d never agree to something like this again. Yet, four days later as we were leaving, I told my Dad he had to sign me up for next year, and every year after that. ... more
  •  Lucia Fernandez On Her Experience At The Youth Action Forum
    Lucia Fernandez On Her Experience At The Youth Action Forum
    The Action Forum this summer was very meaningful and inspiring. Through conversation, I was reminded of what it means to be a fearless leader. Hearing kids speak from all over the world was eye-opening and exciting, and I was reminded of why I love to learn. The important discussions allowed us, as youth, to express our opinions, and feel like they ... more
  • Dino Abduljawad On His Experience At The Youth Action Forum
    Dino Abduljawad On His Experience At The Youth Action Forum
    I’ve attended the Aspen Institute’s Action Forum Youth Camp for the last three years and it’s been a wonderful experience each year. The councilors and members of the Aspen Institute have been one of the main reasons why I really enjoy being there. They have managed to step up the program each year by choosing topics to discuss, which have become more ... more
  • Salvador Gomez On His Experience At The Youth Action Forum
    Salvador Gomez On His Experience At The Youth Action Forum
      Participating in the AGLN Youth Camp was one of the most fun experiences of my life. Not only did I meet amazing people and make great friends, but I learned more about myself and the world around me than I thought possible in a span of four days. As this past year’s theme was leadership, I was able to actively explore ways to be a better leader. I revalidated ... more
  • Annabel Lee On Her Experience At The Youth Action Forum
    Annabel Lee On Her Experience At The Youth Action Forum
      This summer was my second time participating in the Resnick Aspen Action Forum Youth Camp. The camp provided me with an opportunity to listen and contribute to diverse opinions from all around the world. It also allowed me to discover and express what I truly cared about through art projects, philosophical discussion, and guided journaling. This ... more

Youth Action Forum Agenda

View the 2019 draft Youth Action Forum agenda below. This agenda will continue to shift as program is developed, so be on the lookout for new and exciting changes.