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29th Session of the AFS Youth Assembly

Let's Forge Our Shared Future

As global citizens we need to come together to save our planet, our people, our shared prosperity and create a peaceful world where we and future generations can live and thrive. The AFS Youth Assembly is a global platform that cultivates an international network of young leaders and changemakers through exchange, education, action and impact. The 2024 event agenda will focus on:

  • Global Shocks: Tackling Humanitarian Crises
  • Future of Education: Leveraging Technology & Innovation
  • Save our Planet: Unite for Climate Action
  • Food Security: Strengthen Global Food Systems 

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submit your proposal by february 23

We're looking for speakers and session proposals

Become a Program Partner as an official speaker or host a session at the AFS Youth Assembly and share your ideas with young leaders from over 100 countries. Program Partnership enables you to: 

  • Showcase your organization’s work, values and brand to a talented pool of young people.
  • Join or build a creative and interactive panel/workshop connected to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Promote the AFS Youth Assembly to constituents on social media and other outreach channels
  • Receive benefits including discounts and complimentary day pass to access to the conference on the day of your presentation
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Who Attends?

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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Explore the AFS Youth Assembly Academies

These enriching program tracks offer a comprehensive theme-based experience beyond the flagship conference with a series of seminars, organization site visits and exclusive special events to facilitate learning, connection, engagement and action. Delegates can focus on:
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Climate Entrepreneurship

Get first-hand and theoretical knowledge of founding, financing, and growing a startup in climate change-focused sectors.

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Changemakers

Organized by the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania, you’ll get the tools, training, and connections to create and test new ideas for social innovation, in the style of a team-based hackathon.

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International Affairs

Understand major issues within international affairs and sustainable development, and learn directly from principal actors in the field, such as the United Nations and country missions to the UN!

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Global Educators

This hands-on program is designed to assemble a motivated, international cohort of young educators to engage in interactive learning and skill-building around global citizenship education.

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“The AFS Youth Assembly empowered me to embrace my role as a changemaker and encouraged me to take action towards positive change in my community. It has enhanced my leadership skills, communication abilities, and problem-solving capabilities. Moreover, the networking opportunities provided at the AFS Youth Assembly have expanded my professional connections and opened doors for potential collaborations.”

Ereeny Hozain, 21 years old, Egypt

The AFS Youth Assembly Program Includes:

Keynote Talks

Get inspired by today’s trailblazers and influencers

Thematic Discussions

Interact with panels of experts and leaders in various areas of inquiry

Skill-Building Workshops

Engage in in-depth discussions or activities to develop practical skills

AFS Award for Young Global Citizens Finals

Finalists pitch their ideas to distinguished panel of judges for funding

Networking

Make connections with young leaders from all over the world

Awards

Find out the winners of the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award

Field Visits

Get an inside look into the working of global and national institutions and organizations

Special Events

Make new friends or collaborators through special dinners, CultureFest and more

Create Your Own Group Delegation

Whether you are an international organization/agency; corporation or NGO; school, college or university; or an International Youth Network, sending a delegation to the Youth Assembly is an opportunity for you to: 
  • Connect and engage with young leaders inside and outside of your organization, institution or country
  • Reward, retain and develop your top talent
  • Showcase your organization’s values by supporting the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Build your brand with a massive network of international youth.
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Scholarships for AFS Youth Assembly Academies

Scholarships applications for the all AFS Youth Assembly Academies are now closed.

Scholarships for the Youth Assembly Academies cover the program registration fees, which gives you access to everything listed as included in the program, plus a travel stipend in the form of a reimbursement for your transportation costs.

Discover the eligibility requirements and the resources that are available to support your participation in the AFS Youth Assembly.

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Sponsor the AFS Youth Assembly

We are dedicated to making the Youth Assembly a diverse, inclusive, accessible event that includes young people from as many countries and communities as possible. This cannot be done without the support of generous AFS Youth Assembly Sponsors.

As a sponsor you can empower and connect with the next generation of leaders while demonstrating in a tangible way, your organization’s commitment to diversity by developing youth from countries and backgrounds around the world to tackle global challenges and transform their vision for a better future into action.

Contact us by January 15, 2024 for top sponsorship opportunities

The 2023 AFS Youth Assembly was supported by:

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