Mission Statement

Our vision

Hear the Founders talk about YEL's Vision.

Young European Leadership (YEL) is an organisation made up of young Europeans from all walks of life who are eager to shape their future. Our members are united to work actively together for the future of our generation. We want to see the innovative ideas of our generation welcomed, heard, supported, debated and implemented.

In the future, we envision young Europeans having the power to create the world they and future generations will live in. Regardless of their gender, ability, beliefs or background, they must all have the same opportunities to pursue their ideals, to speak up and act freely and to participate in key decision-making processes. Young Europeans shall be taken seriously and their concerns met. In the future, the young Europeans of YEL seek to contribute to a better Europe. We want it to be a place where equal opportunities, inclusive decision-making, democratic legitimisation and security are realised ideals. In this Europe, young people will be able to contribute to their local, national, European and global communities.

Our mission

Our mission is the empowerment of the young European generation. We strive to be a platform run by and for young Europeans who want to shape their own future. We acknowledge the tremendous challenges and uncertainties that young people are facing all over our continent and beyond. It is our mission to tackle these challenges in various ways.

What we do

YEL provides support for young Europeans to invent and disseminate innovative solutions to world problems. To achieve this, we seek out young European leaders and train them in leadership skills. We connect them with each other, with their communities and with global decision makers. In this way, young people can respond positively and proactively to European crises and the challenges facing our world.

Our values

  • Equality of opportunity for all
  • Perseverance until goals are achieved and needs are met
  • Leadership worth following
  • Progressiveness for the best solution for each problem.

YEL is convinced that achieving equality is an essential part of creating a strong force for enduring and sustainable change. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to voice their views and to contribute to their community, nation and world. The acts of today’s key decision makers shape young people’s future significantly. We believe that young people must have greater opportunities, easier access and more channels to participate in European and global policymaking. We endeavour to keep a balance between gender and geography in our teams and delegations. Beyond this, we seek to be a channel for young people’s voices. We want to be a platform for connecting them with each other and giving them the opportunity to get involved in diverse initiatives. Finally, we aim to be the bridge between the community of young people and older generations.

Our history

Young European Leadership (YEL) was created in 2011 following the Y8 and Y20 Summits (formerly G8 & G20 Youth Summits), under the name of YouthAEGIS. After redefining our mission to foster leadership among young people especially Europeans, we became YEL at the end of 2012. Since 2013, YEL has been an international non-profit organisation, based in Brussels.

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