Youth Forum Switzerland
For Students, By Students
The Youth Forum Switzerland (YFS) is the work of motivated ISZL students who attended the Davos World Economic Forum in 2017. Inspired by their experience, they created a similar global event for young people in central Switzerland and further afield. YFS is now a key part of our High School programme and hosted each January by our school. It continues to go from strength to strength, organised by a team of around 70 ISZL students.
YFS brings a range of speakers from around the world, talking about topics which affect young people most, from climate change to world poverty, mental health and the future of artificial intelligence. Planned and shaped by the students themselves, involvement in YFS starts in Middle School, with High School students taking on increased responsibility each year. Staff can help facilitate but this is very much a student-led initiative, in keeping with the school vision that students should "stretch themselves further and achieve more than they believe possible".
Youth Forum Switzerland 2023 is the first in-person forum planned since the January 2020 event, which was held just before the European Covid lockdown. In 2021 and 2022, the event was held online, and students are excited to be bringing the event back in person.