The Youth Summit

An ICS volunteer engages with a group of schoolchildren at a classroom in Africa

2015 is a critical year for us and our planet. Young people have one of the biggest roles to play in shaping its future.
We are key to ending poverty, inequality and catastrophic climate change.

On 12th September, young people will unite in London for the UK Youth Summit. This groundbreaking event will bring together hundreds of International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteers, celebrities, high-profile speakers and politicians to debate and shape the future of our world.

As a returned ICS volunteer, you’re part of a powerful network of more than 15,000 young people. We have the commitment and energy to change the world. This summit is our chance to show it.

How do I attend?

The event is open to all UK International Citizen Service volunteers who have completed their overseas placement. If you’re a returned volunteer, you should have already received an invitation to the email address that you used to apply. Follow the instructions in the email to confirm your place.

If you have any questions or have changed your email address since you signed up to ICS, please contact

On the day

Enjoy and take part in interactive workshops, panel discussions, music performances, live link-ups with youth events around the world, a global stunt, and much more.

The event is being held at the Department for International Development in Whitehall, London, where decisions are made every day that affect poverty, development and other global issues.

Why now?

There’s been a lot of action in 2015 to come up with new global goals to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. At the end of September, these goals will be launched by world leaders at the United Nations in New York.

This is a chance to show governments, leaders and the public the role we can play in solving some of the biggest global issues we face.