The U.S. Young Leader Summit 2022

The YLS is a forward-facing sustainability initiative that brings together the sharpest young talent in the United States to tackle the most pressing challenges of our day and to set a new vision for the future.

Program Outline


The program is centered around a Design Thinking and Agile methodology. As a result, we’ll be working in sprints. Students will be given a theme to focus on for the duration of the program and, with the support of the ecosystem of mentors, they’ll ideate solutions to solve the challenge. During the journey, they’ll develop their skill-set and mindset.

Kick-off Event

Program Launch.
Teams will connect.

June 2022

Summit Meetings

The whole cohort will come together once a week on a virtual platform to learn new skills, share what they have discovered and coordinate the activities between the streams.

Once a week

Stream Innovation Sprints

The Streams will meet once a week with their respective coaches to ideate and plan work. The timings and format of weekly events will be determined by the streams.

Once a week

Sprint 1

The students discover their theme, understand the issues at stake, define the problem statement and ideate solutions with different stakeholders to contribute to the Breakthrough Event.

June / July 2022

Event 1

One-day Breakthrough Event. Ideas are presented to a Judging Panel and the three best ideas are taken forward.

July 2022

Sprint 2

Build and test their prototypes. With the support of their broader network, the students initiate the building and testing of their prototypes.

August / September 2022

Event 2

One-day Pitch Event to present the prototypes in a ‘Shark Tank’ format. The best solutions / prototypes will be taken forward.

September 2022

Sprint 3

Refine their plan, their prototypes and their pitch for final presentation.

October / November 2022

Event 3

Final Summit Event with key stakeholders. Teams will submit their solutions to government stakeholders for consideration / implementation.

Winter 2022

The Streams

After review with Governor Polis's office, six key themes have emerged that are highly relevant to our community and are closely connected to students and schools. The program will focus on these following themes:

How we consume

How We Consume

Reimagining Consumption including local manufacturing, food security, plastic usage, efficient supply chain etc.

How we live

How We Live

Reimagining Living Space and how we construct in a green and sustainable way (homes, schools, offices).

How we move

How We Move

Reimagining Infrastructure and the implications on green transport, cleaner energy, rainwater harvesting etc.

how we learn

What & How We Learn

Reimagining Education in order to create sustainable jobs for the future. Rethinking school curriculum to reflect the needs of tomorrow. Strengthening collaboration between Academia and Corporations.

Why businesses exist

Why Businesses Exist

Reimagining Corporate Purpose to create more purpose-led organisations.

How We Engage

Reimagining “how to engage and empathize” to create community-based change, engage in decent political dialogue, and mobilize greater participation in our democracy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The United States Young Leader Summit 2022?

The U.S. Young Leader Summit 2022 is a forward-facing sustainability initiative, beginning in the state of Colorado to bring together the sharpest young talent to tackle the most pressing challenges of our day and to set a new vision for the future.

During the YLS, these young leaders have the opportunity to be mentored by and exchange breakthrough ideas with influential and inspiring thought leaders, academics, corporations and government. The young leaders collaborate with these partners to collectively redesign a sustainable, equitable and prosperous future, driving positive change in Colorado and the world.

The primary goal of the initiative this year will be to address six key themes outlined by Governor Polis's office, with the outcome being an actionable set of recommendations that will be submitted to the Governor's office for review and potential implementation.

When and where is The United States Young Leader Summit 2022?

The summit this year is a virtual experience running for approximately nine months from June 2022 to Winter 2022.


Who is who?

The young leaders have been recruited from local and state schools in Colorado: We aim to create a truly diverse group of students from different backgrounds.

The YLS is also partnering with Government, Businesses to support the young leaders during the summit. For a detailed list, please go here.

What happens at the Summit?

The program has been centered around a Design Thinking and the Agile methodology, so we are working in sprints. Students are given a theme (i.e. a challenge) to focus on for the duration of the program and with the support of the ecosystem of mentors, they develop their skill-set and mindset. For a detailed timeline and list of themes, please see the program overview above.

What is the criteria for student participants?
  • Passionate about creating a sustainable future for Colorado and making the world a more sustainable, equitable and joyous place for generations to come.
  • A curious learner, keen to develop their skill-set and mindset and adopt different approaches, such as Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Agile methodology.
  • Self-driven with an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • A collaborative team-player who listens, speaks up, works hard and is committed to helping other team members succeed and grow.
  • Prepared to commit to the approximate six month program (May to September/October) and all meetings and events related to the program. Committed to the activities of the program - framing the problem statement, ideating the possible solutions, crafting the proof of concept and designing the solution with their teammates.

Interested in Partnering?

If you are a school or organization/corporation interested in partnering with the YLS, please drop us a note via the contact form and we'll get back to you.

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