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.

We are currently working on the 2020 Youth Forum program. Please check back soon.

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!


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 5PM – 10PM  on June 7th, 10AM – 5PM on June 8th and 8:30AM – 5PM on June 9th and 10th. 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. Scholarships will be available for chaperones if needed. Please email us for further information.

We are excited for your interest!

Please direct any questions to

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