We are honored to welcome you 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 are excited to bring together like-minded students from around the nation who will investigate complex problems over a three-day intensive retreat. The goal of the Youth Forum is 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. We are excited to welcome you to Sun Valley this summer!

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

Please click here for the Youth Forum Program.

Registration Information:

The Youth Forum is limited to 45 attendees ranging from incoming 9th graders to outgoing 12th graders. Applicants will be accepted in a rolling basis. Space and scholarships are limited, so apply early!

Price: $250 for entire three-day conference. All meals and Adventure Day Rafting are including. Lodging not included.  

Application Link:

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 programming for the Youth Forum will run from approximately 1PM – 5PM  on July 23rd and 9AM – 5PM July 24th and 25th. After 5PM, the Sun Valley Institute will no longer be responsible for Youth Forum attendees. More information on exact programming will be provided as we get closer to the event.

Chaperones will be offered a chaperone pass to the Annual Forum at a discounted price of $250. Scholarships will be available for chaperones if needed. Please email us for further information.

We are excited for your interest!

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This year, for kids younger than highschool-age, we are very pleased to share with you the following links to information about local adventure and learning and nature camps:

Photos courtesy of The Sage School