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Global Youth Conference

    
 

The GYC is a 4-day event held in Osaka and Kobe in early August that brings young people from all around the world together to discuss important social issues based on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  It also offers cultural exchange, fun team building and leadership development opportunities for young people. It is based on the concepts of youth empowerment and global citizenship and is run by young people for young people. 

 

As the flagship of Osaka YMCA Global programs, it links with the Global Internship Program, Youth for Causes & My Y Cafe social enterprise programs and Global Youth Leaders program.
 

The GYC has the following objectives:

  • To build a forum for young people from around the world to learn about global issues affecting young people through discussion, interactive learning and debate in a safe and supportive environment
  • Contribute to development of young global citizens
  • Make the GYC the No. 1 youth forum on global issues of it’s kind in Asia
  • Encourage participants to apply what they have learnt and take action to positively impact their local communities through individual and group projects such as the GYC Youth Committee and GYC Civic Action Group. 
  • Align it’s content with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Contribute to the internationalisation of Osaka YMCA in accordance with Osaka YMCA’s Vision 2020 strategic plan

Simple. There’s so much to get out of the conference, from attending a truly international event as a delegate from your country, to making new friends from all over the world, to learning about important global issues. The young people involved make the event what it is - truly inspirational.

Venue

The conference is held in Osaka at Osaka YMCA’s headquarters in Tosabori and Rokkosan YMCA Global Learning Center.  Find more information about Rokkosan YMCA Global Learning Center here.

 

 

Cost

 
Early Bird
(Before 2020/5/15)
Standard Rate
(Before 2020/7/17)
Individual
48,000 YEN
58,000 YEN
Group of 4~
45,000 YEN (Per Person) 55,000 YEN (Per Person)
 
 

OPTIONAL TOUR FEE: There would be several tour choices for the final day. Tour charges will be an additional expense. 
 

Necessary English Level to Follow Workshops

To join you must be between the ages of 17~24,  be able to speak English at the necessary level, and be willing to make new friends and share your ideas with others.
 

English Level

TOEIC

TOEFL

英検

IELTS

CEFR

GEPT

HKDSE

Interview and/ or Video Application Necessary

600~

63~

2級

6〜

B2〜

Higher Intermediate

4~

Interview and/ or Video Application  Unnecessary 

700~

76~

準1級

6.5〜

B2+〜

Advanced

5~



Who can attend the Conference?

Whether you’re high school or university student, representing a public or private organisation, anyone can attend the conference provided you are aged between 17-24 years old and can communicate in English. Individuals or groups are welcome.

What is the General Assembly

The General Assembly is Osaka YMCA’s unique parliament-style activity which gives delegates the opportunity to debate important social issues in a formal setting. All conference delegates have the chance to create, discuss, redraft and vote upon the General Assembly resolutions and amendments in response to important debate questions drafted by conference delegates. Participants are encouraged to overcome cultural differences and find common solutions to the problems. Various debate topics have been discussed at the GYC General Assembly including Freedom of the Press and Media Rights, Artificial Intelligence, Mental Health and the Environment.

What is the GYC Youth Committee?

The GYC Youth Committee is part of the GYC’s strategy to build an event run by young people for young people. It is comprised of young representatives from various Osaka YMCA youth affiliates such as UNI-Y, International High School (IHS), Business College, Suito Kokusai High School, International Interns and Osaka University Students. Members attend regular meetings to discuss, collaborate and decide the content and structure of the GYC. Through this process, young people are given a forum to express their ideas and opinions and act on those opinions to make them a reality at the conference. The youth committee has been 8-14 sitting members including a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary who are elected each year.  If you’d like to join the youth committee contact us here.

What is the GYC Youth Committee?

The GYC Youth Committee is part of the GYC’s strategy to build an event run by young people for young people. It is comprised of young representatives from various Osaka YMCA youth affiliates such as UNI-Y, International High School (IHS), Business College, Language College, International Interns and Osaka University Students. Members attend regular meetings to discuss, collaborate and decide the content and structure of the GYC. Through this process, young people are given a forum to express their ideas and opinions and act on those opinions to make them a reality at the conference. In 2017, committee members will be asked to elect a youth committee president and secretary to further transfer power and responsibility to Osaka YMCA youth. The committee will be given more responsibility to organise the 2017 GYC.

 


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