Youth Town Meetings (YTM)
Each year, over 700 middle and high school students participate in WorldLink's Youth Town Meeting, where they meet with representatives from public and private organizations. YTMs are grounded in the belief that youth have much to offer and much to gain from discussion with experts and professionals regarding the complexities and challenges of international affairs.
The 2013-2014 student-selected theme is:
"Global Conflicts: Human Impact, Human Solutions"
The 17th Annual Youth Town Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the University of San Diego, and will focus on:
Poverty and Hunger
Environment and Land
Registration: Unlike other WorldLink events, the Youth Town Meeting is by invitation only. Over 750 students attend each year's keystone event. If you are interested in learning how you can attend, please e-mail Debbie M. Martinez.
WorldLink Reader: Access the annual WorldLink Reader today! This publication is produced by high school interns, and provides fellow youth important background knowledge on topics of WorldLink's Youth Town Meeting.
Youth Town Meeting Documentary: Throughout the 2012 summer, Colin Czech (senior at The Bishop's School), interviewed students who were former Youth Town Meeting delegates, moderators and photojournalists. He captured the students' reactions to the day's discussions and activities.
Watch the documentary below!
High school students who would like to take a leadership role during the YTM are encouraged to sign up as a conference moderator, journalist or photographer!
Moderators are responsible for:
- running the conference briefing sessions
- introducing their assigned speaker(s)
- keeping the speaker(s) to his/her allotted time
- running the Question & Answer period
- maintaining the flow and mediating discussions
Journalists/Photographers are given a press pass during the YTM and are responsible for:
- documenting the various sessions and day's activities, under the direction of the student Editor-In-Chief (students interested in applying for the Editor-In-Chief position, please see WorldLink Spring Internship)
- producing article(s)/photos that will make up WorldLink's 16-page newspaper - a publication distributed to more than 2,000 students, teachers, community leaders, donors and potential donors all over the world.
Students interested in serving as a YTM moderator, journalist or photographer must e-mail their application essay to Debbie Martinez by 4:00pm on Friday, December 13, 2013. Please include the following.
- Which position are you interested in and why? Why do you believe you are qualified?
- Of all the topics we are delving into this year, which one are you most interested in and why?
- Have you attended a WorldLink Youth Town Meeting before? If so, please state your past role (student delegate, moderator, journalist or photographer).
- Journalist/Photographer applicants: Would you like to be a part of the editorial team during the Spring 2014 semester, as copy editor or photo editor?
Application Essay Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2013
Mandatory Training: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Moderators will meet from 9:30am-12:30pm. Journalists/photographers will meet from 2:00-4:00pm.
Youth Town Meeting: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Sponsor a School
The economic crisis has deeply affected school budgets. Fiscal reform measures are cutting billions of dollars from K-12 schools, eliminating several school programs and participation in extracurricular activities. As WorldLink students and their families from both sides of the border continue to feel the brunt of the global economic crisis, students from underprivileged areas are at greatest risk of being unable to cover the costs associated with transportation to USD.
To respond to this need, WorldLink is seeking school sponsorships. A $2,000 donation covers a school delegation’s (35 students, 2 chaperones) transportation, breakfast, lunch, YTM souvenir and a contribution towards a guest speaker’s travels.
If you are interested in sponsoring a school or contributing towards a school’s partial costs, please contact Debbie Martinez.
The Youth Town Meeting is closed to the public. However, the general public may volunteer at this event. If you are interested in taking part in this incredible event, join us as a volunteer! This is a great opportunity for you to serve as mentors for high school students from San Diego and Baja Mexico, and to connect with leading experts in the field of international affairs.
Volunteer Time Slots:
Breakfast and lunch are provided for volunteers on the day of the event.
WorldLink’s 17th YTM will be held on January 22, 2014. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Megan Theriault, IPJ Event Coordinator.