Young Pacific Leaders Conference


In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Meridian International Center implements the Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference, a 3-day conference that supports approximately 40 emerging civic and community leaders from around the Pacific region who are well-positioned to create sustainable solutions and impact change in their home communities. Through skill-building, experiential learning, peer brainstorming sessions, and interactive discussions, participants apply new concepts, strategies, and technologies to inspire action plans that address civic engagement, environment, education, and economic and social development opportunities throughout the region. The YPL Conference also provides an opportunity for emerging leaders to convene and foster a network of next generation Pacific leaders, empowering them to collaborate across the region to solve shared challenges.

To sustain momentum ignited by the YPL Conference, Meridian develops fulfilling opportunities for post program engagement to further participants’ professional development and support projects addressing community challenges. YPL alumni also reengage with future YPL cohorts to support the continued growth of young leaders in the Pacific.

Meridian is currently accepting applications for program participants and alumni mentors for the 2023 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference! This year's conference will occur Monday, April 17 – 20, 2023 in Tamuning, Guam.

The YPL Conference will empower and equip selected participants with the skills and capacity necessary to create innovative and sustainable solutions that address social and economic challenges in their home communities. The Conference will include presentations from expert speakers, workshops, networking sessions, and cultural excursions to build participants' leadership capacity and foster the next generation of Pacific leaders.

Have a question about the program? Check out Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about joining as a program participant or an alumni mentor!

FAQ: Program Participant FAQ: Alumni Mentor

Call Recordings

The Meridian team hosted calls to answer questions about the application and the YPL Conference. The calls were recorded and can be accessed using the links below. You may contact Meridian at any time with questions not answered during the calls via email at

Watch Participant Call 1 Recording Watch Participant Call 2 Recording

Watch Alumni Mentor Recording


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