The theme of the next Youth Assembly is “Dare to Reshape the World” and it will take place August 12-14, 2022 in New York City.

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Who can attend?

The Youth Assembly brings together the world’s foremost young leaders and changemakers. The Youth Assembly delegates, age 18 to 32, come from over 100 countries and possess strong leadership potential as well as keen interest in global issues.

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Who speaks at the Youth Assembly?

Since 2004, our most notable speakers have included UN leaders and senior staff, celebrities, and other luminaries from civil society and the private sector. Past speakers include former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi, incumbent UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake, Presidents of the UN General Assembly, former UN Youth Champion Monique Coleman, American economist Jeffrey Sachs, Indian-American socio-political activist Arun Gandhi, and youth activists such as Alexandria Villasenor, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, and Amani Al Khatahtbeh.

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History of the Youth Assembly

Since 2004, the Youth Assembly has created an intergenerational space for dialogue among civil society, academia, the private sector, and youth to tackle innovative solutions to global issues in the 21st century.

Originally launched by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF), the Youth Assembly will become a part of AFS Intercultural Programs, upon approval by the New York State Charities Bureau. Both organizations bring decades of experience in the world of international education and cultural exchange, and a shared focus on developing the next generation of young leaders.

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