Call for Proposals2019-03-18T20:53:36+00:00

The Summit will feature presentations by youth delegates selected through an open call for submissions which includes case study presentations, workshops, TED-style talks, innovation labs, a poster community, a venture capitalist presentation, virtual knowledge café, debates, and an entrepreneurship competition.

All youth delegates must receive written acceptances for their proposal to attend the Summit.

Eligibility Requirements

 18 and 35 years of age (at the time of application)

Plan to register for the Summit if proposal is successful

Hold or are able to apply for a visa to travel to the United States

Agree to be mentored by assigned faculty/industry representative.  This includes coaching to support the development of presentations.

Submit a proposal by Dec 31st

A successful proposal might:

  • Introduce an innovative idea to address an inequity your community faces
  • Describe a product or service you have developed that is transforming lives/livelihoods
  • Outline a social or commercial venture you are part of that contributes to sustainable communities
  • Share research or best practices that are making a difference in people’s lives

How to Submit a Proposal

All youth delegates are expected to contribute their ideas, innovations, business ventures and/or solutions that reduce Global Inequity by presenting at the Summit. For your convenience, descriptions of the format types can be found on the Schedule page. You will be able to make a pitch for up to two session formats. The final decisions will be made by the selection committee and indicated on your invitation letter.

1. Download and review the template Call for Proposal  PDF
2. (optional) Create a video to further support your written proposal, as outlined in the call for proposals.
3. Open the proposal portalYou will be prompted to create a username and password.  Follow the steps to enter your personal and proposal information.
Note: All proposals must be submitted through this portal.  The selection committee will not review any proposals that are sent via email.  If you experience technical difficulties with the portal, please send an email with a description of your challenges to

All Proposals Must be Submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 31, 2018.

Click Here to Submit Your Proposal Today!

Funding Your Participation

The Global Youth Advancement Network aims to provide as many youth delegates as possible (on the basis of need and quality of the proposals submitted) with full or partial funding for their participation in the Summit. This would include round-trip airfare, accommodations in student housing facilities, prearranged transportation provided by the university to and from Lansing or Detroit airports, and meals throughout the duration of the Summit (i.e., breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments), and reimbursement for the cost of their visa application (checks will be distributed to delegates upon arrival and check in at the Summit). Delegates who do not wish to be placed in student housing facilities as described on the Hotel/Travel Page may make their own accommodation arrangements.

Notifications about the type of funding each delegate might receive will be included in their invitation letter to the Summit.

To attend the Summit, delegates may consider the following options to fund their participation:



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