Call for Breakout Session Proposals Submission Form

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Part 1: Speaker Information 

Helpful Hint: Breakout Sessions may include up to three (3) speakers. Multiple perspectives on an issue that offer rich discussion are highly desirable. Please consider speakers for your session that represent:
  • More than one organization
  • Diverse perspectives from implementers, funders, researchers, youth leaders, technical assistance providers, trainers, educators, policy makers and/or the private sector
  • Emerging economies 
  • Youth voice and gender balance 

Helpful Hint: This should be the key contact person and the one responsible for coordinating the speakers proposed for this session.

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Part II: Technical Track Information and Selection

2016 Summit Theme: "Turning Points: How Do We Achieve Results & Scale in the Next Decade?"


Over the next decade, a billion young people will enter the job market. Advancing youth economic inclusion, impact and scale is therefore a global priority. How the international development community meets this challenge will be informed by critical demographic, economic and political shifts, coupled with technological innovations that change the way we learn, communicate and work:


·      Today, nearly half of all youth in developing nations are not engaged in work or study. How do we reach, and create pathways, for young people at the margins?


·      The global economy must create 600 million jobs over the next 10 years – five million jobs each month – to match projected youth employment rates. How will we bridge the gap between the demand for jobs, and job creation?


·      The world of work is changing. What does it mean for young people?


·      How do cross-cutting issues of gender, technology, and conflict impact youth economic opportunities today, and in the next ten years?

The 10th Anniversary Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit offers an important convening space to talk about these challenges, and identify together, how we will tackle them over the next decade.


The Summit theme’s focus on results and scale is designed to support technical deep dives, while connecting this work to the big picture—helping youth lead productive, engaged and healthy lives.


We strongly encourage all Breakout Session presenters to address this theme in their proposals.

More information about the Summit theme and technical tracks is available here

2. Does your proposed Breakout Session answer the following questions related to the Summit's three (3) cross-cutting themes: technology, soft-skills, and the youth ecosystem:

Part III: Session Type

You are invited to submit a proposal to lead a Breakout Session. Each session averages 30-80 participants and ranges in length from 45-90 minutes. 

We are looking for practical, action-oriented sessions that will focus on concrete, transferable guidance that will inform youth development stakeholders' programming, policymaking, and/or funding strategies. An effective session will result in participants walking away with increased knowledge and a plan for how to effectively use this knowledge to improve skills and abilities in a way that leads to performance improvement. Please refer to the submission criteria for more instruction on speaker variety and content.

Breakout sessions must be engaging and participatory. To support this, submitters are asked to select from one of the session types below or propose a new, innovative format. 

Group Problem Solving

Real-time group problem solving and discussion around a specific problem faced by a program (e.g., going to scale, sustainability, barriers to implementation and/or reach). Presenters will have 20 – 30 minutes to 1) describe the problem and 2) describe what solutions have been tried to address the problem. The audience will be invited to generate real-time recommendations for a way forward. These sessions are designed to enable collaborative, creative group problem solving. Outcomes of the session may be shared with participants.

Work in Progress
A forum for presenter(s) to move forward on a central question, draft paper, or project by receiving constructive suggestions from attendees.  The session should start by identifying what they expect the end result to be and let the guided conversation and discussion get them to this end result. This session type requires an experienced facilitator to ensure the conversation moves forward productively. 

Oxford-Style Debate
An Oxford Style Debate session requires all audience members to select a particular section of the room in which to sit before the debate begins based on agreeing or disagreeing with the starting statement and/or hypothesis. Audience members are encouraged to demonstrate their agreement or disagreement as the debate progresses by moving from their seat in one section to another. Audience movement will give important feedback both to the speakers and to other audience members. This session will have two “kick-off speakers.” They get the debate going, set the parameters of main argumentation, and contest each other’s ideas.

There should be a time period for the audience to participate and ask questions. Audience speakers are to make arguments, agree or disagree with particular points, raise new concerns, explain why they are sitting on a particular side, etc. At the end of the sessions there is an announcement of house results based on where the audience is seated.

This session type requires an experienced facilitator to moderate the debate and ensure the conversation progresses.

TEDx Style Session
Each session should have no more than three presenters, and each TED Talk should last between 10-15 minutes. This requires the speaker to get very focused on the underlying message they want to convey and to deliver that message in a compelling manner.

A moderator should briefly introduce an over-arching theme that will tie in the stories of all speakers. The presentation is followed by an interactive discussion, where audience members are given the opportunity to comment and ask questions. This will ensure a connection between the ideas being presented and actually learning and applying them.

Also remember these general principles: speak of failures and successes, communicate your vision, do not sell from the stage, and do not read your speech.

20 Questions
This format is a great way to engage an audience in assessing the obstacles of a very specific topic. First, the topic is presented and should include the main objectives, components, and a review of the intervention’s results. This should take no more than 10 minutes. The audience begins with a 20 – 25 minute window to ask a variety of questions (20 max) on the topic to form a better picture of what worked and what did not. For example: “Why was XYZ not successful/effective?” and “What did you do to try to ensure the sustainability and growth of the project?”

The audience is then asked to split into groups of 4-5 to discuss what they would have done differently. After 15 minutes each group reports out to the others, and all answers are recorded by someone at the front. Presenters then wrap up the session by reviewing their thoughts on each of the audience ideas.

Roundtable Session
During this type of session, presenters will have the opportunity to highlight a tool or new piece of research to a small group of participants. Presenters are encouraged to showcase their tool/research for 5-10 minutes before facilitating a 35-40 minute roundtable discussion on creative ways to implement each tool and/or research finding. Participants are especially looking for open-source material.

Open Seat
This session begins with 2-3 panelists on stage and one empty seat. The empty seat is for an audience member who has a strong point of view to add to the conversation. One by one, attendees can come up, sit in the open seat, and add their perspective to the discussion. Afterwards, they return to their seat in the audience and let someone else take their place in the open seat. This allows for a greater diversity of perspectives and allows the audience to be more invested in the conversation. This format requires an experienced moderator.

Helpful Hint: Youth will be asked to give more detail on your session in the next section.

Part IV: Session Overview and Communications

5. Workshop Title

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6. Workshop Description 

Max 100 words. Helpful Hint: You will be asked to go into detail in the next section.

Part V: Session Content and Value

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9. What are up to three (3) concrete and transferable tools/skills/learnings you will present that will lead to changed practices and performance improvement? Helpful hint: be specific

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Part V Continued: Session Content and Value 

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Part VI: Special Considerations

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Part VII: Presenter Policies

Presenter Policies
By submitting a proposal for the 2016 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, you agree to the terms of these Presenter Policies. Making Cents reserves the right to withdraw its selection of any proposal that does not comply with these policies:
Summit Registration
All presenters will be required to register. The registration rate for the 2016 Summit is $895, and registration is required by all presenters by May 27, 2016 at 6:00pm EST. As many Summit participants are presenters, registration costs help to underwrite the costs of this participatory learning program. Summit organizers further subsidize the real cost of participation through sponsorship. 
Unconfirmed Presenters
Session presenters who have not confirmed, registered, and paid their registration fee by May 27, 2016 risk exclusion from the Summit program. Their session may be replaced by another.
Primary Presenters
One person must be designated as the primary presenter of each session. The primary presenter will be the main contact for all communications regarding the selected proposal and the session. S/he will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with these policies, and that all other co-presenters are aware of, and comply with these policies, including deadlines. 
Session Duration and Scheduling
Making Cents will determine the final scheduling of all sessions. By confirming your final selection, you are agreeing to be available for the times designed for workshops during the Summit.  
Summit organizers may assign a moderator for your workshop. Moderators are encouraged to ask the tough questions and pull out the most important learning for the audience.
Workshop Content
 If you are the primary presenter, you assume full responsibility for the design of the workshop, the coordination of all session presenters (if applicable), and the session delivery. You must also ensure that the session methodology reflects that which you specified in your proposal submission, with such refinements to the content as may be advised by the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit organizers.
Summit Orientation and Session Guidance
Confirmed presenters are required to submit their presentations and participate in at least one call and several email exchanges prior to the Summit to discuss the accepted workshop. To allow time for this, an outline of the session (including any video or draft PPT presentations, handouts, etc) must be finalized and submitted electronically to Anna Gordon at by August 11, 2016.
Visual Representation and Handouts
Presenters are responsible for bringing their presentation material as well as copies of any handouts needed for their session. The Summit organizers will not be able to photocopy documents for presenters before or during the event.
Final soft copies of presentations and handouts will be uploaded to the Summit website after the event. 
A/V, Room Set-Up, and Other Session Materials
 Each session room will be equipped with microphones a screen, laptop, and projector. Internet access is also available. Presenters will be responsible for bringing all other audio-visual equipment they require. If you have any particular room set-up needs, please email them to Anna Gordon at by August 11, 2016. If you do not inform Making Cents of your preference before that time, we cannot guarantee your preferred room set-up. 
At the Summit
Upon arrival at the Summit, presenters must check in at the Summit Registration desk. If you are not staying for the entire event, we ask that you please arrive at least 60 minutes before the start of the program.Workshop presenters must also (i) prepare their session's room during the break that precedes their session, or earlier if possible; and (ii) distribute and collect their workshop material. Any items left in the room will be removed by staff at the end of the day. Please take all materials you wish to keep with you when you leave your session. Summit organizers will not be held responsible for items missing from your workshop room.