Tips for a Competitive Proposal

The Summit agenda is designed to equip attendees with the knowledge, partnerships, and resources required to move the youth economic opportunities field forward. The Global Advisory Committee selects breakout sessions to feature in this demand-driven agenda by considering the effectiveness of a proposal's format, speakers, and content. Please consult the following recommendations before submitting:




Breakout sessions must be engaging and participatory. There should be a time period for the audience to participate and ask questions. We are looking for practical, action-oriented sessions that will focus on concrete, transferable guidance that will inform youth development stakeholders' programming, policymaking and/or funding strategies.


Competitive breakout session proposal formats should:

  • Lead to greater knowledge exchange and knowledge capital that may result in participants’ ability to change practice and improve policy and performance

  • Address current and relevant issues and/or controversies on the Summit’s theme and technical tracks

  • Incorporate concrete and transferrable take-aways

  • Engage the audience through participatory methods, rather than straight lecture-style presentations

  • Promote open and honest dialogue that drives the conversation forward




Breakout sessions can include up to three (3) speakers. Multiple perspectives on an inssue that offer rich discussion and perspectives of multiple stakeholders are highly desirable. Please consider speakers for your session that represent:

  • More than one organization

  • Diverse perspectives from implementers, funders, researchers, youth leaders, technical assistance providers, trainers, educators, policy makers and/or the private sector

  • Emerging economies

  • Youth voices and gender balance




Summit sessions will be developed according to the demand-driven 2016 Summit theme and technical tracks.


"Turning Points: How Do We Achieve Results & Scale in the Next Decade?" is the theme of the 2016 Summit. The intention of our theme is to take a forward view: what are the critical pieces of learning, evidence, practice and policy that will inform and shape the youth development sector in the next decade. We encourage Breakout session presenters to reflect this theme within their proposals.


This year’s Summit will also include a cross-cutting focus on technology, soft skills and youth ecosystem. Sessions that include other cross sector topics (i.e. health, democracy in government, conflict, education, food security, etc.) are welcome.


For more information about the Summit's Call for Proposals, please consult the Call for Proposals Overview