The RBC Audacious G7 Youth Challenge is now closed! View our tops three finalists here.

Background

Rapid change and pressing global challenges need the innovative approach and fresh perspective of young leaders who see the future for what it can become outside the limitations of what our past has been.

This year, Canada has the opportunity to host young delegates from across the G7, leading up the 2018 G7 Summit, which will focus on a number of core policy themes. RBC, Audacious Futures, and the Young Diplomats of Canada are coming together to extend this opportunity to all youth across the G7 to pitch their ideas.

Finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas at a Post-Summit Event in late May and a chance to win one of three prize packages, from the $7,500 total prize pool!

The Audacious Challenge

Pitch your most audacious idea for the future of the G7

While most policy summits are limited to high-level officials and a few youth delegates, the RBC Audacious G7 Youth Challenge aims to connect, enable, and mobilize G7 youth with external stakeholders on their big ideas, allowing unprecedented opportunity for young innovators to have their voices heard and responded to.

Policy Themes

Y7 2018 and The Audacious G7 Youth Challenge centers on the following three key policy themes, which broadly mirror those of the Canadian G7 Presidency:

The Future of Work

The economy of the future including work and inclusive growth for all

Climate Change and Environment

Climate change policies and the global commitment to funding climate action

Gender Equality

Gender-focused development and economic policies for the empowerment of women and girls

How To Participate

We’ve designed the challenge to be as simple and accessible to youth across the G7 as possible:

Discover

Explore the policy themes, consult with stakeholders, and check back into our website for research resources on the policy themes.

Design

Outline the basics of your idea and practice pitching your audacious idea in 2 mins or less!

Deliver

Apply using the form on our website with a YouTube link to your final take of a 2-minute video pitch.

Connect

Join us at the Post-Summit Event in Toronto in late May, where we’ll feature the top Challenge finalists and final recommendations from the Y7 2018 Summit. The top place for each policy theme will be announced and awarded a prize package from the $7,500 total prize pool, provided by RBC.

Timeline

Challenge launches

Submissions reviewed on a rolling basis

Challenge closes

Winners announced at Post Summit Event (Toronto + Virtual): Final winners announced

Join the Challenge

The challenge has been closed as of 5PM ET April 27

If you want to learn more about the challenge, please read the Challenge Brief

Looking for answers? Please check out our FAQ section.

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About our Partners

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Their success comes from the 81,000+ employees who bring a sense of vision, values and strategy to life so to help clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, RBC has a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 34 other countries. Learn more here.

RBC Future Launch is a commitment to help young Canadians prepare for a drastically changing workforce, focusing on three key gaps: helping youth get work experience, grow their network, and gain new skills.

YDC is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes the leadership of young Canadians through international delegations, research projects, and advocacy initiatives.

Y7 is one of Formal G7 Engagement Group Summits held alongside the G7 Summit, bringing together youth delegates to represent the millions of young people who live, study and work across G7 member states and the European Union.

The Y7 2018 Summit​

The Youth 7 (Y7) 2018 Summit will be convened by the Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) in April 2018, just over one month in advance of the G7 Summit in Quebec. Each G7 country and the European Union have completed national competitions and selected delegations of four (4) young people who will meet, collaborate, and co-create a youth communiqué with bold, pragmatic and inclusive recommendations for G7 Leaders. Y7 2018 is dedicated to ensuring that youth are interwoven within the entirety of the G7 process, including through cross Canada digital consultations

About Canada’s G7 Presidency

This year’s G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, presents a unique opportunity for leaders from the world’s most advanced economies to convene, discuss, and build consensus towards pressing global challenges. This year, both domestic and international priorities have been framed in the following five themes areas:

  • Investing in growth that works for everyone;
  • Preparing for jobs of the future;
  • Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and
  • Building a more peaceful and secure world.

Find out more about the Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency here.

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