Frequently Asked Questions

 

+ What is the Youth Assembly at the United Nations?

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations (YA) is a project of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc., which aims to provide a platform for fostering dialogue and generating partnerships between exceptional youth, civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations. Read more about the Youth Assembly→

+ What happens at the Youth Assembly?

At the Youth Assembly, young leaders from around the world gather to tackle the world's greatest challenges. Participants discover fresh insights and solutions, inspire others with their work, and form lasting connections with peers and seasoned leaders from NGOs, businesses, and international bodies and agencies.

+ I’d like to attend the Youth Assembly! How can I register?

Admission to the Youth Assembly is a selective process. Please review the application guidelines on our website.

+ Who can apply to attend the Youth Assembly?

Young leaders or change-makers between 16 – 28 (at the time of the conference) can apply as a “Youth Assembly Delegate”. Please review the criteria on our website.

+ I’m over 28 but I’d like to attend.

You can still apply as a “Youth Assembly Observer”. Select this option when you fill out the application form.

+ I’m 28 but I still consider myself youth. Why can’t I apply as a “Youth Assembly Delegate”?

According to the UN, the definition of youth is “more fluid than other fixed age-groups”. Various organizations have their own definition of youth. At the Youth Assembly, we do not have a strict definition of youth, but have defined a certain age range for who is considered a “Delegate” for our program planning purposes.

+ How can I apply?

An application form has to be completed in order to be considered. Please read further instructions for Conference or Delegate Package.

+ How are the applications evaluated?

Part 2 of the application form will be used to evaluate an application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and in order of submission by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. Each will be evaluated based on the applicant’s work or involvement, achievements, and interest in sustainable development and the United Nations.

+ What happens after I’ve submitted an application form?

You will receive an auto-response email shortly after you have submitted the form. This email only indicates that we have received your application. You will receive another email regarding the status of your application within 10 business days of submitting the form. Please note that submission of an application form does not automatically guarantee acceptance to the conference.

If your application has been accepted, you will receive further instructions on how to finalize your registration.

+ Is there a cost to attending the conference?

Yes. An administrative fee $185.00 or $165.00/person for groups of 15 members (non-refundable and non-transferrable) will be required from accepted applicants in order to complete registration. While there is no registration fee required to take part in meetings or events that take place inside the United Nations Headquarters, this non-refundable fee is collected by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in order to cover the costs of general administration and management of the event, which include but are not limited to staff support, venues, logistics, security requirements, and other service fees.

+ Does the administrative fee include accommodation, meals, etc.?

No. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, including accommodation, meals, flight, airport transfers, and visa application fees.

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation offers optional Delegate Packages, which provide accommodation, meals, and land transportation during the conference. Aside from this, various package options also offer unique learning and networking opportunities beyond the Youth Assembly. If you wish to learn more about Delegate Packages, please contact yapackage@faf.org.

+ I may need a visa in order to travel to the U.S. and attend the conference. What should I do?

Contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to find out how. International applicants who are based outside of the United States are responsible for obtaining their own visa to travel to the U.S. Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will provide an invitation letter to registered delegates/observers only for their visa application purposes.

+ Is there assistance for visa application?

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation’s responsibility is limited only to supplying the invitation letter. FAF cannot make personal phone calls or requests on your behalf to specific Embassies or Consulates. Intervention with the diplomatic and consular affairs by a host organization is not possible, and reliance on such phone calls may slow your application process or decrease your chances of obtaining a visa.

+ How likely will I get a visa if I got accepted to the conference?

It is important to take note that acceptance to the Youth Assembly does NOT guarantee the issuance of a visa or admission into the United States. Visa issuance is entirely contingent on U.S. Embassy’s and Consulate’s discretion. Admission into the United States is contingent on U.S. Customs and Immigration Authorities’ discretion at the point-of-entry.

+ I have emailed you regarding the status of my application, but have not heard back since.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive on a daily basis, we are unable to respond to emails individually and answer phone inquiries regarding the status of the application. We appreciate your patience and cooperation!

+ What happens if I am not able to finalize registration?

Unfortunately, failure to complete the administrative fee by the indicated date will result to your application being withdrawn. If you need more time, you may request for extension. However, extension requests will only be approved on a case-to-case basis.

+ I’ve already paid the administrative fee. What if I decide to cancel my application? Will I get a refund?

Please note that the administrative fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable under any circumstances and for any reason. These circumstances and reasons may include, but are not be limited to, registrant cancellation, medical condition, or denial of visa application with U.S. embassies.

+ I’ve already paid the administrative fee, but my visa application got denied. Will I get a refund?

Please note that the administrative fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable under any circumstances and for any reason. These circumstances and reasons may include, but are not be limited to, registrant cancellation, medical condition, or denial of visa application with U.S. embassies.

+ What happens after I have finalized my registration?

You will receive a formal admission letter, which you will need to present to the Registration Committee during check-in (a day before the conference formally starts). Please expect to receive updates from time-to-time regarding the program agenda, as well as many exciting opportunities for the participants, brought to you by our partners.

If you have applied for a visa, please notify us first about its status before June 30. You will receive your formal admission letter once you have confirmed your visa status.

+ What is the difference between Early Bird and Regular registration?

If you have applied on or before May 1st (Early Bird) and have finalized registration, you will have the opportunity to attend a briefing or visit at a Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

+ What is the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award?

All registered delegates (16-28 years old) qualify for the opportunity to be selected as a finalist for the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award. 10 finalists will be shortlisted, but only 2 will be selected as winners. Each of the winners will be provided with the unique opportunity to speak on the podium regarding their commitment to global development and the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and will be highlighted on the Youth Assembly website and various social media platforms. Learn more→

+ I want to attend, but I am unable to afford the administrative fee and other costs.

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation has opened a merit-based scholarship opportunity to a deserving youth to attend the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Learn more→

You can also utilize our fundraising guide, which provides suggestions to help with self-funding efforts.

Registrants may also check local organizations and associations, such as the Lions or Rotary clubs in their area. Former delegates have found that a search through the internet, academic scholarships, and local and national sources can also be a source of subsidy and support.

+ I applied for the conference only and would like to upgrade to Delegate Package. What shall I do next?

Please go to the Delegate Package page, choose one from the 4 Delegate Packages available. Review all Delegate Package application instructions, and fill out the application form for the Delegate Package. Select “Yes, I have submitted an application for the Conference and would like to make an upgrade.” on the application form. We will be able to assist with your upgrade request as soon as we receive your application form for the Delegate Package.

+ Can I switch to a different Delegate Package after I make the reservation?

Yes, we can accommodate your change before June 15th. You can send your request to yapackage@faf.org. However, we kindly ask you to make the selection carefully before you sign up.

+ I got accepted/paid for the Delegate Package, but I would like to switch to the conference only. What shall I do next?

Unfortunately, if you would like to switch to the conference only, your reservation for the Delegate Package will be cancelled and the appropriate cancellation fees will be applied according to the terms & conditions. You will have to re-apply by submitting the application form and the administrative fee for the conference only. Thus, we advise you to make the selection carefully before you sign up.

+ I want to bring a group delegation to the conference. What do I need to know?

Groups are considered to be 5 people or more. Please select "Group Application" in the Conference or Delegate Package page and follow the instructions.

Once the group has been accepted, the group leader should gather the group member’s information (all necessary documents and information as indicated on the group application form), and submit the forms on behalf of the group. The group leader will be responsible for ensuring the group members receive the appropriate documents and submitting payments on time.

+ I have a question that is not addressed here. What should I do?

All public information should be on the website. Please review the website before contacting us.