The Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit, presented by Etihad Airways, returns this week, bringing together a record number of young leaders across the world.
This year’s Summit, taking place digitally over Webex by Cisco, connects more than 500 Young Leaders from 25 cities to celebrate their contributions to changing lives in communities around the world using the power of football.
Streamed live across the world, the five-day Summit aims to inspire Young Leaders and equip them with the skills and confidence to continue to make a positive impact in their communities.
The event will feature educational discussions led by City in the Community coaches around key topics such as mental health, adaptation, female empowerment, mentorship, and managing challenging behaviours, as well as peer-voted Young Leader awards, quizzes, and interactive tasks.
Young Leaders will also have a chance to share with each other the latest from their projects, reflections and learnings from a very challenging year, and fresh ideas and innovations in community football.
The core sessions will once again be supported by a high-profile guest speaker series focused on sharing inspiring leadership journeys and lessons with Young Leaders over the course of the week.
The 500+ Young Leaders participating stem from a diverse range of cities across the globe, including Melbourne, Manchester, New York City, Bandung, Bangalore, Barranquilla, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Cape Coast, Cape Town, Chicago, Girona, Guangzhou, Kilifi, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montevideo, Mumbai, Philadelphia, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and Washington.
In the last 12 months, more than 1,400 young leaders have been trained in leadership and community football coaching by Manchester City. Using the power of football, they have positively impacted the lives of more than 25,000 children and young people.
Cara, a Young Leader in Melbourne said: "It's been incredible to still participate in the Global Young Leaders Summit in 2021, especially with how challenging this period has been for a lot of people across the world and the disconnect that has been felt due to the global pandemic.
"The Summit gives us an opportunity to connect with Young Leaders from across the world and hear how their projects are tracking and how their communities are recovering.
"It's inspiring to hear and see how they are helping to bring joy and change to the lives of those in their local community as we strive to continue supporting our community here in Melbourne."
Varsha, a Young Leader with OSCAR Foundation in Mumbai said: “It is an absolute privilege for me to participate in this Summit.
“I learnt so much from my online training experiences with Manchester City in 2020 and I hope to continue my learning process and engage with City Football Group experts and other young leaders.
“I am very eager to learn about the different topics that will be covered during week because we all need guidance during these tough times to adapt and excel in a post COVID world.”