2021 Seoul Youth Policy Debate

The 2021 Seoul Youth Policy Debate is a competition where young people from all over the country gather to propose policy ideas and discuss the effectiveness of policies. Organized by Debate Korea, the competition was hosted by Yonhap News Agency and the Seoul Institute and sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Yonhap News TV. 

This competition provides a breakthrough opportunity for young people to point out their own social problems and present policy ideas to solve them. Participants wrote their own policy proposals in four areas: Fairness and Coexisting Society, Work and Future, Life and Leisure, and Youth Life Space.

​A total of 97 teams participated and advanced to the finals after a document preliminary review process. The finals were an offline discussion competition in the form of a tournament and were held at the Seoul National University and Yonhap News Agency. Each team experienced the process of specifying policy proposals through consultation with policy experts at the Seoul Institute. In addition, 32 teams that advanced to the finals were provided with 1 million won for research projects.

Experts including Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, Yonhap News CEO Sung Ki-hong, Former Presidential Speech Secretary Kang Won-guk (author of the ‘President's Writing’), Professor Park Hyung-joon (Professor of Sungkyunkwan University), writer Park Won-ik (author of "Not Fair") and Kim Seung-yeon, head of the Seoul Research Institute adjudicated the finals.

​The winner of the 2021 competition was given 10 million won in prize money and an opportunity to participate in the "Seoul Youth Policy Special Advisory Station" activity to review and advise Seoul's youth policy. It is a competition that provides new opportunities to gain sympathy and help many young people and reflect their opinions directly in their policies.