About Young European Leadership

About Young European Leadership.

Young European Leadership (YEL) is an international nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering young leaders and future decision makers from Europe and beyond. Through engaging events, YEL aims to inspire these leaders from all backgrounds to shape the future of Europe, fostering innovative solutions to local and global challenges.

Activities of Young European Leadership

YEL provides aspiring leaders with innovative forms of engagement to directly connect with experienced decision makers from all sectors. YEL has a strong track record to form delegations joining summits and other international events to give its members the opportunity to speak up and provide critical policy input. One of the responsibilities of YEL is to recruit and train the official delegations of the European Union to the annual Y7 (Y8) and Y20 Summits, the official young counterpart to the G7 and G20 Summits. Other international events include the European Development Days, the OECD Forum including the exclusive OECD IdeaFactory, the World Bank / IMF Annual Meetings, the Nuclear Knowledge Summit, the International Energy Forum, the International Conference of Europeanists, and the Social Good Summit. YEL prepares its delegations with specific trainings and meetings, e.g. with the Prime Minister of Belgium Elio Di Rupo or the G20 Sherpas of the European Union Richard Szostak and António José Cabral.

Hear the Founders talk about YEL's Vision.

YEL connects future decision makers with each other as well as senior policy makers also through its own initiatives. These events are created to facilitate leadership skills and to encourage the development of policy recommendations by young people to shape their own future. YEL’s flagship event is the Young European Council (YEC). The YEC, organized for the first time in 2014, strives to be a youth counterpart of the European Council and the Council of the European Union. The first YEC brought together over 60 delegates from all over Europe to provide actionable recommendations for European policy making around the themes of sustainability, digital and youth employment. Guests to the event included European Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and European Committee of the Regions President Michel Lebrun. The YEC 2015 will address the topics Energy Union and Climate Action, Migration and Home Affairs, and Education to Employment.

Other initiatives include Eat & Meet, a unique opportunity to foster the exchange between future leaders, policy makers, and experts in informal dinner setting. Past editions welcomed, among others, the European Commission Director General for Environment Karl Friedrich Falkenberg and World Bank Lead Economist Theo Thomas. YEL has organized Eat&Meet events in Brussels, Berlin, and London and plans further editions throughout Europe. Going beyond borders, YEL has also organized webinars, virtual debates, and other initiatives such as the Euroscepticism project in 2014.

Growth and Aspirations of Young European Leadership

Since its foundation in 2011 YEL’s portfolio has steadily increased, cooperating with a multitude of international partners in over 20 countries around the world active in youth policy. The development of the organization is met by a steadily rising interest of external stakeholders and fast growing reach online and offline. To meet these increasing expectations YEL’s staff has grown continuously, representing young professionals and students from all over Europe and beyond. YEL aspires to further its standing as a reliable partner in European and global youth initiatives, to provide greater access to its programs, and to continuously deliver relevant and constructive input at all major conferences shaping the lives of future generations.