Inspiring leadership, confidence, and contribution

Join us for this new two-day leadership experience that grows out of NYLC’s 35-year history evolving the National Youth Leadership Training. This immersion in leadership development has young people (entering grades 7-12 in 2018) explore their identities and leadership skills through interactions with other inspiring leaders: their peers and Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Adults (teachers, youth workers, parents) accompany the youth teams and participate in the larger Forum workshops, joining their teams each day for a final session.

When: Fri., Sept. 14 – Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

Where: Augsburg University Campus, Minneapolis, Minnesota


About the Developing Youth Leaders Training:

NYLC equips young people – particularly those who have not previously had opportunities for leadership – with skills for community action through a series of activities that explore identity and equity, rooted in social and emotional learning. The training provides hands-on learning through simulations on the intersectionality of race, class, ethnicity, and geography, explorations of personal leadership styles and cultural backgrounds, and action-planning for assessments leading to addressing community needs. Participants hear from Nobel laureates, as well as other workshop presenters and peers, and apply their learnings to action-planning. Key to this leadership development is an inquiry process that sparks creativity and social and emotional learning including:

  • Empowerment – contribution to community
  • Positive Values – caring, equality and justice, and responsibility
  • Positive Identity – personal power, self-esteem, sense of purpose, positive view of the future
  • Social Competencies – planning and decision-making, cultural competencies, peaceful conflict resolution

Young People Gain:

  • The ability to work together with people of all backgrounds.
  • Allies to support leadership development and service-learning action plans.
  • The tools and knowledge to create equitable change in their communities.
  • Motivation to take action for the common good.


  • Listen to different perspectives and personal experiences including those of 2016 Nobel Peace Prize laureate President Juan Manuel Santos and 2017 laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • Engage in meaningful leadership activities.
  • Experience discomfort by pushing boundaries, from team-building to conversations about power and privilege.
  • Speak truth about their own stories, recognizing their knowledge and expertise.

Adults Gain:

  • Inspiration to work actively with their communities.
  • Professional development in fostering youth voice and leadership.
  • Exposure to working with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Access to world leaders and their peace-building strategies.


DYL Agenda

About the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis: 

Housed at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum is the only such work outside of Oslo, Norway. The annual event has a mission to “inspire peacemaking efforts by lifting up the work of recent Nobel Peace Prize laureates.” The laureates, who have been recognized for their actions and the concrete results of their work by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, are highlighted and celebrated during the annual event, providing a platform for students, faculty members, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to advance their work on pressing current issues related to the Nobel Peace Prize awards.

Since 1989, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum has served as a portal and a platform to draw inspiration and lessons from these exemplary leaders where the primary focus is to educate a new generation of peacemakers and change agents to carry forward the work and goals, as stated in Alfred Nobel’s will of promoting “fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”




Two-day leadership training including access to Nobel Peace Prize laureates and selected world leaders


Two-day access to Nobel Peace Prize Forum (discount of more than $30 off general admission), plus two training sessions with youth teams, and the opportunity to apply for a service-learning grant. All youths must be accompanied by an adult.

Register Today!


The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis has a room block reserved at The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. To reserve a space, please follow the previous link or call their reservation line at +1 612-375-1700 or + 1 866-211-4611 and mention the group name “2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Room Block” to get the arranged rate. Standard guest rooms are $149 per night/room + tax.

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Watch the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony, featuring ICAN

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition on such weapons,” according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee announcement on October 6, 2017.

2017 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony