Young European Leadership

YEL is an international nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering young leaders and future decision makers from Europe and beyond.

OUR MISSION

Through engaging activities, YEL aims to inspire and enable these leaders from all backgrounds to shape their own future and the future of Europe, fostering innovation solutions to local and global challenges.

HOW WE DO IT

We recruit and train youth delegations to international conferences including the Y7 and Y20, youth counterparts to the G7 and G20, and the UN’s annual COP climate conferences. We aim to give young people the opportunity not only to build their own expertise, but also to share ideas with experts and decision makers from think tanks, EU institutions, business, media, civil society and more. Our activities encompass a wide range of topics from foreign affairs and employment to climate and technology.

HISTORY

Following the 2011 Y8 and Y20 Summits held in Paris, France, the initiative “Youth AEGIS” was founded by Radoslav Šoth. Its main goal was to recruit the delegates of the European Union for the next editions of the Y8 and Y20 Summits. After a change in leadership in 2012, the initiative was renamed Young European Leadership and developed into an organization. The new association was legally established in Brussels as an AISBL (international non-profit organization) the year after, in February 2013. The Co-Founders were Tillmann Heidelk (President), Flóra Rétvalvi as Vice President, Jeroen Stevens as Secretary General and Treasurer, and Radoslav Šoth as member. Diana Carter was also part of the organization from the beginning.
Since 2020, Young European Leadership has expanded its digital activities.

OUR ACTIVITIES

YEL aims to empower youth through providing them with high-level leadership development opportunities and to connect young people with decision-makers in the European Union and abroad. The organization trains young Europeans in leadership skills including public speaking and negotiation skills. YEL is also a platform for networking. Young adults participate in the Y7 and Y20 youth summits, as well as other European and international events.

Y7 & Y20

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UNFCCC / COP

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European Health Parliament

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Paris Peace Forum

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European Business Summit

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U4EU

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OUR TEAM 

We are made up of a great team who are all volunteers with us. From different countries and backgrounds for the same goals. Our organisation is only as much as our members.

Team

Latest Blog Posts

YEL – SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

Young European Leadership is excited to announce our brand new partnership with Schneider Electric Foundation. This partnership has already allowed us to support the EU delegation to this year’s Y20[…]

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Youth7 – the voice of youth in the G7 process

The G7 Summit is a (usually) annual meeting of the seven heads of state and government of France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the UK, the US, Germany and the EU as[…]

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