Our mission is to empower youth to become the leaders and changemakers who will strive to create a sustainable world free of war, oppression, exclusion, and poverty. Through a worldwide network, programs, and services, we are harnessing the power of friendship as a catalyst for greater understanding, shared learning, and sustainable action.

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gathering of delegates from 100+ countries

A unique platform for youth impact

The Youth Assembly is a global platform that cultivates an international network of young leaders and changemakers through exchange, education, action and impact. It empowers the next generation with opportunities to connect with like-minded peers, trailblazers, and influencers; develop global competence and critical skills; and transform their vision for a better future into action.

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Focused on Sustainability

One of the world’s largest youth events focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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Rich Tradition

Founded in 2004, with roots going back to 1958

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Global Alumni

20,000 alumni from 160 countries, including the UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi & former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

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Leadership Opportunities

Delegates receive multiples leadership opportunities and can win $10,000 prize for their social impact projects

Joining forces to support the next generation of active global citizens

The Youth Assembly, as a flagship program of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF), 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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young global leaders

Meet our outstanding alumni

The Youth Assembly has 20,000 alumni from 160 countries. The event brings together the world’s foremost young leaders and changemakers. The Youth Assembly delegates, aged 18 to 32, possess strong leadership potential as well as keen interest in global issues.

Meet some of the most outstanding alumni who have joined the Youth Assembly since 2004.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Youth Assembly is a unique platform that cultivates a global network of young leaders and changemakers through exchange, education, action and impact. It empowers the next generation of leaders with opportunities to connect with like-minded peers, trailblazers, and influencers, develop global competence and critical skills, and transform their vision for a better future through innovative action.

Discover the power of the Youth Assembly