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Model G20 Youth Leadership Summit

The world’s premier program for youth committed to global leadership

Come To Learn. Learn to Lead.

Want To Change The World? Start Here.

The Model G20 Youth Leadership Summit brings together high school students from around the world for a fully immersive learning experience. Students participate in interactive workshops, lectures, and classes based on real G20 topics, then turn knowledge into action, drafting agreements and strategically networking with other G20 countries.

What Makes MG20 Different?

Experiential: Students learn through interactive role-playing. In this immersive experience, they’re not high schoolers – they’re global leaders.

Empowering: Every idea matters. At MG20, students are encouraged to speak their minds, actively listen to others, and use their voices to change the world.

Educational: With lessons developed by Harvard-educated scholars, MG20 summits complement any classroom experience.

How Does MG20 Work?

No multiple choice tests or essay questions here. Just like in the real world, students are challenged to make practical use of their knowledge. The program begins with two days of intensive training, after which students act as leaders of nations around the world. Presented with pressing social problems and country-specific information, they must negotiate favorable outcomes and navigate their country’s path to global success.


of MG20 attendees feel more confident addressing global issues


better understand the negotiation process among country leaders


improved their ability to handle the challenges of cross-cultural communication

The Model G20 Summit Simulation

The summit simulation is the heart of the MG20 experience, giving students the opportunity to demonstrate the research, political analysis, negotiation, persuasion, and teamwork skills they learned during the academic days. Each simulation includes a variety of formal and informal events where students turn knowledge into leadership. These include:

The Opening Conference: A formal stage where each country introduces their broad hopes and interests by participating in the given MG20 summit.

Country Strategy Sessions: Where individual delegates prepare for formal meetings with their country team, including researching, strategizing, writing speeches, and more.

Ministerial Working Group Meetings: Formal meetings where the national ministers of G20 world powers think, articulate, and shape their political agendas. Here, MG20 delegates present their country’s position on solving a global challenge.

Negotiating Agreements: Informal, behind-the-scenes diplomatic negotiations where students work to accomplish geopolitical goals based on both classified material and their country team’s research.

Discourse with Civil Society: Informal conversations and agreements with non-governmental advocacy organizations which are dedicated to advancing issues that transcend a single national agenda or government.

Press Conference: A formal celebration of the summit’s accomplishments. Each nation is tasked with bringing the world’s attention to their diplomatic successes and demonstrating their successful leadership on the international stage.

Seal of Approval

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2019-2020 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

Upcoming 2019 Model G20 Summits

BOSTON - Sustainable Development & Renewable Energy

___________There are more extreme weather events and faster loss of coastal land and sea-ice. This affects crop viability, access to trade routes, labor supply, and the spread of disease, conflict, and migration.

CAMBRIDGE - Leadership of Global Health

___________Global health is about more than saving lives and maintaining the quality of others; it is also a matter of economic security and national defense. Nations need to be safe from epidemics that threaten their populations and from the losses in productivity and trade caused by public health crises.

SYDNEY - Human Capital & Economic Development

___________Human minds, bodies, and lives are perhaps the most valuable resource on the planet. Protecting and cultivating this resources requires building or renovating K12 education systems and supporting lifelong learning for professionals in a changing workplace.  

DUBAI – Multiculturalism


The world is a melting pot of cultures, races, principles and values. The integration of all these ideas in action creates every facet of reactions that explore tolerance, diversity, equality and cross-cultural communication.

BEIJING - Smart Cities & Global Innovation


The world is undergoing the most rapid process of urbanization in human history. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cites, and the most rapid growth is taking place in Asia and Africa.

MEXICO - Migration, Mobility and Global Trade


Explore everything from why people choose to immigrate to border policies, labor laws, and economics – all while gaining firsthand experience in Mexico’s dynamic culture.

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