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August 11-13, 2023 in New York City

That's a wrap on the 2023 AFS Youth Assembly!

The Youth Assembly is a global platform that cultivates an international network of young leaders and changemakers through exchange, education, action and impact. This event empowers young leaders to:

  • Connect with like-minded peers, trailblazers, and influencers,
  • Develop global competence and critical skills, and
  • Transform your vision for a better future into action.

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The Youth Assembly Program Included:

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


Make connections with young leaders from all over the world


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

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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 Youth Assembly Packages

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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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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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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Climate Entrepreneurship

In a program delivered by New York University (NYU) Center for Global Affairs, get first-hand and theoretical knowledge of founding, financing, and growing a startup in climate change-focused sectors. Scholarship applications closed on April 16.

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Global Educators Workshop

This hands-on program is designed to assemble a motivated, international cohort of fifty young educators to engage in interactive learning and skill-building around global citizenship education. Scholarship applications closed on April 14.

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The 2023 AFS Youth Assembly is supported by:

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