Following two destructive world wars, the United Nations was established in 1945 to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” safeguard justice and freedoms, promote social progress and build harmony between all nations. Since then, immense progress has been made in achieving these goals, and in 2015 all 193 U.N. member states agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which delineate the targets for international development up to 2030. 

While some progress has been made towards achieving the SDGs, there remains significant work, with 800 million people still living in extreme poverty, 40% of children in Africa without access to primary education, in particular the pandemic has created a generational catastrophe  as millions of children have fallen behind in their learning. 20% of young women still married in childhood globally, a growing environmental crisis, and catastrophic wars and conflicts persisting.

The International Affairs Academy will engage Delegates in understanding major issues within international affairs and sustainable development, and in learning directly from principal actors in the field, such as the United Nations and country missions to the UN. As such, Academy participants will begin conversation and planning on the role of youth in tackling these challenges.

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In the International Affairs Academy, participants will engage in the following:  

Delegates will hear from expert speakers working in leading global organizations, based in New York City. 

Learn how to make a difference

Delegates who join this Academy are expected to enhance their efforts for a positive impact on global-scale problems of sustainable development or conflict, at the local or international level. In this way, The Youth Assembly International Affairs Academy will build towards youth action to catalyze change to support sustainable development and peaceful societies, in their capacities. Delegates will leave newly equipped to take on challenges facing the world, seize opportunities, and make a difference in their communities and beyond.

Discover a typical day at the International Affairs Academy

International Affairs Academy Fees

  • This Academy + the AFS Youth Assembly conference
    • Dates: August 14-18, 2024
  • Accommodation in a hotel in New York City for 5 nights
    • Double room – $2550
    • Single room – $2850
  • See what special perks, certificates, activities and meals are included below

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  • Round-trip flight arrangement
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa application and fees (if applicable)
  • Travel/healthcare insurance
  • Personal incidentals and expenses
  • Transportation outside the programs

“The AFS Youth Assembly provided me with a perfect platform to connect with my like-minded peers. I feel grateful after meeting experts from my field. It was so much fun learning new skills and concepts in such an easy and efficient manner. After attending the AFS Youth Assembly, I feel more self aware, considerate and passionate towards achieving my own professional goals as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

—2023 AFS Youth Assembly Delegate from India

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Scholarships for the International Affairs Academy

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.

Candidates must meet all of the requirements below to be considered eligible for this scholarship:

  • Have participated in the AFS/bp Global STEM program in the past;
  • Have never attended the AFS Youth Assembly before;
  • Be between 18 – 32 years old at the time of application;
  • Have the ability to secure a travel visa and travel to the United States (the Academy is an in-person event).

Frequently Asked Questions

See what is included

This Academy includes accommodation in a hotel in New York City for 5 nights. Meals included in the International Affairs Academy:

  • Aug 14: Welcome dinner
  • Aug 15: Breakfast
  • Aug 16: Breakfast
  • Aug 17: Breakfast + Snacks + Dinner
  • Aug 18: Breakfast + Snacks

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