The 2nd Annual Sun Valley Youth will convene on
June 7-10, 2020.
Thank you for an incredible inaugural Sun Valley Youth Forum. In 2019 we were honored to welcome student activists to the inaugural Claiming Our Future: Youth Action for a Resilient World, brought to you by the Sun Valley Institute’s Youth Council. We are a group of students from five different high schools around the country who wanted to have programming that mattered to us and our voices heard as we Claim our Future.  

We brought together like-minded students from around the nation to investigate complex problems over a three-day intensive retreat. The goal of the Youth Forum was twofold: first, to inspire the next generation (us!) of leaders to discuss radical new ideas around sustainability and second, to create a network of the next generation of empowered change makers unafraid to use our voices in the face of an uncertain future. 

The Youth Forum parallels the Sun Valley Institute’s annual Forum schedule with interactions among our two communities of change makers to benefit all.

The 2020 Youth Forum program will be available soon. View the 2019 Youth Forum Program here.

Registration Information:

Registration is limited to 30 students. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. Space and scholarships are limited!

Apply Here!

Schedule Overview:


4:00 – 5:30pm Youth Forum Opening (Location TBD)
5:30 – 8:30pm Reception at Trail Creek Cabin


10:00pm – 5:30pm Youth Forum Sessions
5:30 – 8:00 pm Dinner (Location TBD)


8:30am – 5:30pm Youth Forum Sessions
5:30 – 7:00pm Reception at Limelight
7:00 – 8:30pm Dine Around Dinners


8:30am – 5:30am Youth Forum Sessions
5:30 – 8:30pm Closing Reception 

Program will be released as we get closer to event. 

Chaperone Information:

For the well being of our attendees, each Youth Forum attendee will be required to have a parent- or guardian-approved chaperone for hours outside of the Forum. The Sun Valley Institute will not be responsible for Youth Forum attendees after program hours. More information on exact programming hours will be provided as we get closer to the event.

We are excited for your interest!

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For kids younger than high school-age, we are very pleased to share with you the following links to information about local adventure and learning and nature camps:

Meet the Sun Valley Youth Council

Trinity Hadam

Sun Valley, ID

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Ruby Horton

Los Angeles, CA

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Thomas Morrell

Seattle, WA

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Sofia Peller

Hailey, ID

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Eloise Pendl-Hebert

Sun Valley, ID

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Kate Roney

Santa Rosa, CA

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