AFS Award for Young Global Citizens

The AFS Award for Young Global Citizens recognizes young people for their commitment to improving the global community and whose actions contribute to a more just, peaceful, and tolerant world.

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize.

Delegates of the 29th AFS Youth Assembly are invited to apply to the AFS Award for Young Global Citizens. Please complete the Award application through the registration portal upon acceptance. Additional information about the Award is available through the application portal. 

Deadline to apply is June 14, 2024. 

The Award will be awarded to a Youth Assembly delegate who:

  • Demonstrates how their project is successfully addressing a pressing global issue, tackling one or more of the challenges outlined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and what this translates into in real-life impacts.
  • Shows how their project successfully engages others outside their own community/culture and how this aspect is crucial to advancing their work. Projects must rely on intercultural understanding and global competence.
  • Articulates how their initiative has significant potential to be scaled up and extended.

More information is available upon registration.

Outstanding Youth Delegate Award

After a rigorous selection process, one Outstanding Youth Delegate will be identified out of over 700 youth from 100 countries and will be awarded at the Closing session.

The application questionnaire Delegates complete at the time of applying will be used to assess their candidacy for the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award. No additional applications need to be submitted. 

IMPORTANT: Applicants must have registered and been accepted as a delegate before the award deadline of June 14, 2024. No additional application is required to be considered for this opportunity.

Shortlisted candidates will be selected from the accepted Delegates of the 29th Session of The Youth Assembly.

After a rigorous selection process, one Outstanding Youth Delegate will be identified out of over 700 youth from 100 countries and will be awarded at the Closing session.

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a unique opportunity for delegates to showcase their social impact projects

Action and Impact Hub at the Youth Assembly

In this exhibit style event, selected AFS Youth Assembly Delegates will present their work to fellow Delegates, network and find meaningful ways to collaborate on projects around the world. Delegates presenting at the event will be featured and be able to show off impact created locally and globally.

Delegates attending the event will:

  • Learn from showcased projects and how to create impact in their own communities
  • Grow their network with youth around the world
  • Volunteer or collaborate with ongoing projects

Please complete the Action & Impact Hub application through the registration portal upon acceptance. Additional information about the Action & Impact Hub is available through the application portal. Deadline to apply is June 14, 2024.

The Opportunities Fair

The Opportunities Fair is an exclusive event for The AFS Youth Assembly Delegates to navigate global opportunities and build connections that matter. The exhibit style event will showcase universities, international non-profits, United Nations programs and agencies, corporations and ways to get involved in your own country and globally. Delegates will learn about exciting campaigns and initiatives and exchange ideas with well known organizations staff at the event.

Click here to download the brochure to find out more and click here to express your interest in exhibiting at the Opportunities Fair.

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Get a Certificate for Your Global Competences

Join Global Up for Individuals, an award-winning virtual program designed to empower you with global skills and intercultural competence. Once you complete this program, you will obtain the award-winning AFS Global Competence Certificate (GCC) and get a digital Credly badge that celebrates your learning achievements.

Plus, AFS Youth Assembly Delegates can benefit from a special 50% discount on the Global Up program. Use the code AFSGU24YA for a final fee of $149 USD when you sign up at

You can join the Global Up program in one of these upcoming cohorts:

  • July 15 – August 5, happening on Mondays at 12pm ET (4 sessions)
  • August 8 – 29, happening on Thursdays 6pm ET (4 sessions)
  • September 3 – 24, happening on Tuesdays 10am ET (4 sessions)
Find out more about the Global Up program or contact our team
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Meet Our Ambassadors!

AFS Youth Assembly Ambassadors are students and young professionals from around the world who are looking to become pioneers in their community, help youth have a voice at the global stage and represent the mission of The AFS Youth Assembly. Selected Ambassadors will:

  • Serve as an Ambassador for a one-year term
  • Receive a Certificate of Recognition for their dedication and work
  • Get access to discounts and fee waivers for The AFS Youth Assembly
  • Disseminate information regarding AFS Youth Assembly programs and campaigns
  • Nominate youth to become delegates at The AFS Youth Assembly
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Meet Youth Assembly Alumni


Outstanding Youth Delegates

We recognized the work of young leaders who are breaking new grounds in the movement for sustainable development. Outstanding Youth Delegates were selected from hundreds of Delegates from different countries around the world who attended previous Youth Assemblies.

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Global Impact Challenge

Young leaders with an idea for a social impact project that contributes to the Global Goals competed for the Global Impact Challenge. Discover the winning projects submitted to regional GAIN Hub, receiving mentorship and seed funding for their venture.

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Youth Assembly Alumni

The Youth Assembly has 20,000 alumni from 160 countries. Meet some of the most outstanding alumni we have!

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