get empowered with the knowledge, skills and networks to impact the world

Enhance your Youth Assembly experience

The Youth Assembly is a platform where AFS Intercultural Programs brings together some of the foremost young leaders and social entrepreneurs from over 100 countries to learn, engage and take action to solve global challenges. Delegates who choose an Academy will:

  • Conduct seminar-style activities,
  • Participate in a live pitch where a winner will be selected,
  • Experience first hand the work of global organizations through site visits, and
  • Prepare action plans to address track-specific issues.

Choose an Academy to enhance your skills, gain new resources, and strengthen your action network

Why choose a Youth Assembly Academy?

Academies serve as an opportunity for particularly committed Delegates to enhance their learning, build skills and resources to impact their field, and strengthen their action network beyond the conference.

The youth of today are the largest generation in history. As they stand at the forefront to inherit and make a breakthrough for a better future, it is critical to provide young people with knowledge and understanding of the factors contributing to the world’s greatest problems. The Youth Assembly Academies introduce aspiring leaders into the world of international development and affairs through an exploration of key principles and practices across a wide range of global issues, as well as high-level exchange with important players in the field.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit local, national, and/or global institutions from various sectors, interact with their experts, and understand how these organizations implement the SDGs and their solutions to major world issues. In addition to joining hundreds of other young leaders and changemakers at The Youth Assembly, participants also attend specialized learning sessions to analyze issues, contribute ideas, and plan action-oriented solutions. Participants get access to special events to network and celebrate diversity and global citizenship. 

Learning Objectives

Through immersive specialized programs, you will be able to:

Educate and Develop

Get the knowledge and skills necessary to address key sustainable development issues based on your specific ACADEMY

Connect and Engage

Join the dialogue and network with fellow Delegates, leading organizations, and experts in your chosen field

Act and Impact

Propose solutions and plans to drive action for sustainable development

“At the AFS Youth Assembly I got new ideas on how to help my community. I got to connect with people who are doing the same things I’m interested in and understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals way better than I did before the event. I am more ready to take action now and stop procrastinating.”

Nadine Maselesele, 22 years old, South Africa

Academies fees


International Affairs

  • Includes: This Academy + the AFS Youth Assembly conference
  • Dates: August 14-18, 2024
  • Double room – $2550
  • Single room – $2850
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  • Includes: This Academy + the AFS Youth Assembly conference
  • Dates: August 13-18, 2024
  • Double room – $3550
  • Single room – $3850
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Climate Entrepreneurship

  • Includes: This Academy + the AFS Youth Assembly conference
  • Dates: August 14-18, 2024
  • Double room – $3150
  • Single room – $3450
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Global Educators Workshop

Available through scholarship only!

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Compare what’s included in different AFS Youth Assembly Academies:

Not Included:
  • Round-trip flight arrangement
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa application and fees (if applicable)
  • Travel/healthcare insurance
  • Personal incidentals and expenses
  • Transportation outside the programs
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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.

Find out more about the eligibility requirements and discover the resources that are available to support your participation in the AFS Youth Assembly.


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Conference-only fees

Early-bird rate: $350

Applies from November to December 31, 2023

Regular rate: $450

Applies from January 1, 2024 to May 31, 2024

Late rate: $550

Applies from June 1, 2024 to June 28, 2024

***Please note that all deadlines are until 11:59 pm EST on the stated date.

Please read the Terms and Conditions.

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