2019 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEO) Agenda Guide

The 2019 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEO) agenda outlines the events that take place over the course of the Summit.  Click the images below to learn more about each activity. 


Summit plenaries take place in the Great Hall and explored key topics in support of the 2019 Summit theme, The Opportunity Puzzle: Piecing it Together for All Youth to Learn, Earn, and Thrive. Leading experts offer new insights on current thinking and emerging ideas alike, and help us to gain a deeper understanding of what the changing world of work holds for young people.  

2019 plenaries explore what big data really tells us about the changing nature of work; explore the concept of leapfrogging through innovation; feature a multi-generational conversation among women working for social and economic justice; reframe our understanding of youth and violence through the lens of brain science, and; offer a first-look at global strategies and initiatives aimed at driving impact, including a new global Opportunity Youth initiative, and youth workforce development in the new USG international basic education strategy.  

For detailed information about each of the Summit’s seven plenaries, please see our Summit agenda.


Breakout Sessions

The 13th Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is supported by a strategic learning agenda and four interconnected technical tracks designed to advance learning, exchange ideas, and foster sustainable impact for experts and innovators in the youth economic opportunities sector. The Summit also includes cross-cutting topics on Gender, Conflict, Technology, Rural Economy & Agriculture, and Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL). 

The 2019 Summit features nearly 60 interactive breakout sessions selected through our annual competitive call-for-proposals, and lead by technical experts in youth and social and economic development. Attendees are able to prioritize breakout sessions in a preferred technical track, or mix and match different tracks to create their own specialized learning experience. Attendees are able to start their day at the Summit with morning coffee and a first-look at new tools, resources and initiatives for youth economic opportunities in 45 minute morning sessions. The main agenda allows participants to choose between 60 minute and 90 minute breakout sessions, a training, or take time to connect with colleagues in our networking spaces throughout the venue. The agenda also features lunchtime side-sessions and other unique learning opportunities.


For more information on the 2019 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit technical tracks, click here.


Training Sessions

Applied Practice Training Sessions at the Summit are 4 hours in length and designed for in-depth, hands on skills development for Summit attendees. Training sessions will take place on October 1, with limited capacities, and attendees can deepen their capacity as youth development practitioners.


More information about each training session can be found on our Summit agenda.  



Summit participants connect with fifteen different leading organizations and initiatives in global youth economic opportunities by visiting exhibit tables during coffee and networking breaks.  



Attendees at the 2019 GYEO Summit have ample opportunities to build their community through networking lunches, coffee breaks, evening receptions on day one and day two, and other special side-events. 

Plan Ahead

Below is a list of highlights from the Summit, including pre-Summit sessions, unique networking opportunities, and side-events that attendees were encouraged to plan for in advance:


Specialized Summit Training - October 1

Day One – October 2nd

  • USAID Pre-Summit Training, What Works in Youth Workforce Development: Key Tools, Approaches and Evidence, 8:30 am – Noon, Courtyard Silver Spring (limited to 35, pre-registration only. Look for an announcement in the coming weeks).

  • The Global Center for Youth Employment (GYCE) Fall Quarterly Meeting, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Silver Spring Civic Center (contact GYCE manager, Peter Joyce (pjoyce@rti.org) to learn more).

  • Opening Summit Reception, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Silver Spring Civic Center

  • GYEO Summit Young Professionals Networking Event (under 29), 6:30 pm, Denizens Brewery (near the Summit venue)

  • Enjoy an evening of live salsa music in the plaza of the Civic Center (open to the public)

Day Two – October 3rd

  • Summit Cookie Reception, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Silver Spring Civic Center

Day Three – October 4th

  • "Birds of a Feather" Lunch: Emerging Industries for Youth Economic Opportunities in a Changing World of Work, 12:35 – 1:20 pm, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civic Center

  • Closing Evening Reception, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Silver Spring Civic Center