What is YPL?
The Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Program is a youth leadership development program organized by the U.S. Department of State. The program started in 2013, has over 150 alumni. The program focuses on four themes that Pacific youth identified as their top priorities:
- Environment and Resource Management
- Civic Leadership
- Economic and Social Development
Who is YPL?
The YPL community consists of young leaders, 25-35 years old, from Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Islands of French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, and the American-affiliated Pacific including American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawaii.
YPL strengthens linkages between emerging leaders across the Pacific and the United States. These relationships between the younger generation of government, civic and business leaders help to harness the extraordinary potential of youth in the region to address critical challenges and expand opportunities.
YPL is hosting its seventh regional leadership conference in Port Moresby in April 2020 with a record number of delegates from across the Pacific. YPL is running its third annual Small Grants Program, a competition for seed funding for YPL alumni to implement community projects, and YPL is hosting its first sub-regional workshop in French Polynesia in October 2020. For more details on upcoming opportunities, please follow the Young Pacific Leaders on Facebook (@youngpacificleaders), Instagram (@weareyoungpacificleaders), and via the hashtags #YPL and #YoungPacificLeaders.
YPL has hosted six regional leadership conferences in American Samoa (2013), Independent State of Samoa (2014), Auckland (2015), Honolulu (2016), Honolulu (2018), and Suva (2019).
In 2018, YPL began its Small Grants Program, which is a competition for seed funding to implement innovative programs throughout the Pacific region. Funding provides opportunities for YPL alumni to carry out projects focused on improving their communities, countries, and region.