Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders. Founded in 2004, and run by a team of more than 100 dedicated volunteers, YPFP has grown from a start-up to a global community of 10,000 young professionals in more than 60 countries with branches in Washington, New York, London, and Brussels.
Every day, YPFP members are meeting around the world to address the key foreign policy issues of our time, from state failure to international financial crises to climate change. The future of foreign policy leadership starts with YPFP.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing them with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, exposure and relationships they will need to succeed in their careers.
Every day, YPFP members around the world are meeting to discuss the most pressing challenges facing our global society. In each of our four branch cities, all-volunteer Programming teams organize events to provide audiences of young professionals with unprecedented opportunities to learn from current foreign policy leaders and experts.
YPFP guests include Nobel Prize-winning scholars, top Administration officials, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, ambassadors, business executives, bestselling authors, military officers, nonprofit leaders, and fellow young professionals.
YPFP is emerging as a respected venue to engage tomorrow’s leaders in substantive dialogue on a range of issues spanning the globe and a diverse array of foreign policy topics.
Discussion Groups (Washington, D.C. and New York only)
YPFP's Discussion Groups are peer-led communities within YPFP that offer selected members an opportunity to connect with other young professionals who share a depth of experience in a particular region or subject. Each Discussion Group (DG) serves as a focal point within YPFP to promote thoughtful engagement on their respective areas through monthly private meetings and occasional public activities.
DG members present original research for internal critique, host guest speakers, analyze current events, and host dinners at each others’ homes. Equal parts academic symposium and coffee shop debate, members set the agenda, drive the conversation, and address the issues that matter to them most.
Public Service (Washington, D.C. and New York only)
Public service is a vital component of responsible, ethical leadership, and therefore one of YPFP's core missions. The YPFP Public Service Program provides members with opportunities to contribute to local, national, and international communities in need while engaging and empowering our community partners. When possible, the Public Service Program seeks out service missions and goals that combine an international dimension with a desire to serve others.
Learn more at www.ypfp.org.