Opportunities

Opportunity for Delegates

Outstanding Youth Delegate Award

Ten (10) finalists will be selected from the accepted youth delegates of the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations.

After a rigorous selection process, two (2) Outstanding Youth Delegates will be identified out of the 10 finalists and will be awarded at the closing session. Each of the winners will be awarded 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.

Selection Procedure

1. All applicants should answer the required questionnaire (Part 2 on the application form) carefully and to the best of their ability. To be eligible, the applicant should be 16-28 years old as of August 9, 2017 and have been accepted as a delegate for the current session of the Youth Assembly. Please find copy of the questionnaire here.

Important: Please note that separate submissions via email or any means other than the application form will not be considered.

2. Responses to the questionnaire will be reviewed and evaluated based on the applicant's unique perspective and demonstrated understanding and commitment towards global development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will identify and select the top 10 most promising questionnaire submissions out of all accepted delegate applications.

3. The 10 finalists will be notified and provided further instructions via email on / before June 19, 2017. Finalists will be required to present any form of evidence that supports their application during the next round of selection. All finalists will then undergo the first round of interviews, which will assess the characteristics, skills, experience, and achievements of each candidate. Only a few will be contacted back for a final interview, which will culminate to the selection of the 2 winners.

Qualities of an Outstanding Youth Delegate

An outstanding youth delegate should:

Characteristics and Skills

  • Have a global perspective
  • Have a demonstrated understanding and commitment towards global development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Have charisma and exceptional public speaking skills
  • Demonstrate great self-awareness and a desire for self-improvement and learning
  • Possess integrity and have a good reputation within and outside his/her community

Experience

  • Exemplify excellent leadership capabilities with proven experience of playing an active role towards social action and/or sustainable development solutions
  • Have unparalleled experience working with various sectors or organizations towards serving and improving his/her community, as well as promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Achievements

  • Have unique contributions to his/her community
  • Have proven track record of exceptional achievements related to youth engagement, social action and/or sustainable development solutions
  • Possess remarkable potential in contributing to the success of global development and the Sustainable Development Goals

Timeline (UPDATED)

April 3, 2017 - June 22, 2017: Conference and Delegate Package registration period

June 23 - June 26, 2017: Top ten finalists will be notified via email

June 26 - 29, 2017: Top ten finalists interviews (Round 1)

June 30, 2017: Finalists will be notified via email for interviews

July 5 - 7, 2017: Finalist interviews (Round 2)

July 10, 2017: Outstanding Youth Delegate Award Winners will be notified via email

August 12, 2017: Awarding of Outstanding Youth Delegates

 

Opportunity for All Participants

Peer Mentorship

Are you interested in developing a social venture project for social good? Transform that interest into a concrete plan of action with the guidance of peer mentors.

During the Conference

In addition to the Youth Assembly at the United Nations (August 9-12, 2017, New York City), participants will receive personal advice and support from Youth Assembly Peer Mentors.

Our peer mentors are experienced young leaders and entrepreneurs who have developed their own successful social ventures and will be offering their expertise to delegates during the conference.

How it works?

Conference participants can sign-up for a one-on-one 15-minutes peer mentoring session with a Peer Mentor of their choice.

Registered delegates and observers will receive an email that provide further instruction on how they can select a peer mentor and schedule a session.

IMPORTANT: Participants should choose only one time slot and one Peer Mentor. Rescheduling is not available regardless if the appointments are missed or personal schedules have changed. Peer mentoring sessions are on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited.

During the SVSD Seminar

For the participants of the Premier and Academic packages, you will have the opportunity to get in touch with the peer mentors and get their advise on your social venture ideas ahead of the conference.

This peer mentorship initiative during the SVSD Seminar aims to:

  • Strengthen the participants’ understanding of social innovation and what makes a social venture successful
  • Improve participants’ communication and presentation skills necessary in formulating and pitching ideas
  • Enhance the quality of the participants’ group project or proposals
  • Provide participants with opportunity for peer review of their projects or proposals

peer mentorship scope

Before the SVSD Seminar (at home)

  1. The Youth Assembly will connect you with other individuals in order to form a group of at least five members.

  2. As a group, you and your teammates will coordinate with one another to develop an idea for a social venture addressing a particular social issue.

  3. Your group will be notified with your Peer Mentor’s contact information. They will coordinate with you to find a time to meet virtually to provide advice and feedback on your social venture proposal.

During the SVSD Seminar (at FDU)

  1. During the SVSD seminar at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), your Peer Mentor will meet with your group in-person and shall continue to provide insightful feedback in preparation for your presentation on the last day.

  2. On the final day of the seminar, the group with the most outstanding social venture presentation will be rewarded with the unique opportunity to feature their work in the Youth Assembly video, as well as receive special certificates from FDU.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Participants who have created their social venture projects can submit their project proposals to Resolution Social Venture Challenge or Ideas for Action for the chance to win project seed funding, life-time mentorship, or special networking opportunities. Detailed information regarding our partners' competition platforms will be announced via email. If you would like to participate in any of our partners' competitions, please take note of their specific processes and guidelines.

ABOUT THE svsd SEMINAR

The Social Venture for Sustainable Development seminar (August 5-8, 2017, Madison, New Jersey) is an intensive university certificate-based mini-course developed and delivered by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) with the support of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. The seminar is designed to introduce participants to the concepts, principles, and practices of social innovation in for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Upon completion of the program, participants should be able to form or polish a social venture proposal.


IMPORTANT: Please note, the SVSD Seminar is separate from the Resolution Social Venture Challenge.  Eligible undergraduate participants are welcome to pursue both opportunities but should note that each have their own application process and guidelines.  Your participation in the SVSD Seminar will in no way influence the judging process of the Resolution Social Venture Challenge hosted at the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations.  In particular, any advice or mentorship provided at the SVSD Seminar, including that of Resolution Fellows, will not impact the decision of the Resolution judges.  The registration and application process for the Resolution Social Venture Challenge will be closed by the SVSD Seminar, so anyone interested in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge should adhere to the deadlines found here.

Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

Resolution Social Venture Challenge

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The Resolution Project, Inc. is delighted to be bringing its eleventh Resolution Social Venture Challenge to the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations.

Founded in 2007, Resolution is a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to fostering youth leadership development around the world through collaborative social entrepreneurship.

The Resolution Social Venture Challenge allows undergraduate students to build teams and submit their plans for actual social ventures that will make a positive impact today. Resolution will provide a grant of up to US $3,000 and dynamic, hands-on mentorship for the winning Resolution Fellows and their ventures.

There are currently over 300 Resolution Fellows working on 6 continents in diverse, high-impact fields such as human rights, energy, environment, education, technology, and community development.

All undergraduate attendees at the YA are invited to propose impactful, socially-responsible projects (“Ventures”) through the multi-stage SVC:

VENTURE PROPOSALS

Teams will sign-up and complete a 3-step proposal outlining the Venture implementation and sustainability. Resolution will review eligible submissions and invite semifinalists to participate in-person. Step 1 of the 3-step proposal is due July 12, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT, step 2 is due July 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm EDT, step 3 is due August 2, 2017, at 11:59 pm EDT.  Extensions may be possible, so please reach out to svc@resolutionproject.org with any deadline questions or extension requests.

SVC FORUM

During the Summer 2017 Youth Assembly, UN Headquarters

Semifinalists will showcase their proposed Venture to students and judges in an informal, science fair-like setting. Attendance is mandatory for those who are competing.

SVC FINALS

During the Summer 2017 Youth Assembly, UN Headquarters

Finalists will give formal presentations about their Ventures, followed by question and answer sessions with the judges.

For more details on participating in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge, including deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit their website.

Please note, due to space constraints, teams participating at a Resolution Social Venture Challenge at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations are limited to three Founders/participants per team and all participants must be undergraduate students (eligibility infomation is here).

Please note, the SVSD Seminar is separate from the Resolution Social Venture Challenge.  Eligible undergraduate participants are welcome to pursue both opportunities but should note that each have their own application process and guidelines.  Your participation in the SVSD Seminar will in no way influence the judging process of the Resolution Social Venture Challenge hosted at the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations.  In particular, any advice or mentorship provided at the SVSD Seminar, including that of Resolution Fellows, will not impact the decision of the Resolution judges.  The registration and application process for the Resolution Social Venture Challenge will be closed by the SVSD Seminar, so anyone interested in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge should adhere to the deadlines found here.

Opportunity for all Participants

Ideas for Action 2018 Competition

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Ideas for Action, a joint program of the World Bank Group and the Wharton School, works with students and young professionals around the world to develop ideas for financing and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Every year, they invite young leaders from around the world to share with them their ideas for how we can realize the 2030 development agenda. Winners of the competition:

  • Present their ideas at the IMF & World Bank Group Annual Meetings;
  • Receive support from a startup accelerator at the Wharton School; and
  • Engage with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector to refine and implement their ideas. 

Join them at the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly for an interactive workshop focused on designing successful entrepreneurship ventures in an effort to realize the SDGs. You will hear and interact with senior leaders of the World Bank Group and receive an opportunity to apply these insights to develop your own groundbreaking idea for advancing global development. 

Prior to the event, delegates can sign up to receive some materials to help them prepare for the workshop.

Opportunity for High School Students

Nomination for NSHSS Lifetime Membership

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The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) is a membership organization with a mission of recognizing academic excellence among high-achieving students. Through unique learning experiences, exclusive scholarships, valuable internships, international study opportunities and meaningful peer networks, they connect their members with resources to develop their strengths and pursue their passions.

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation may nominate high school students who have participated in Youth Assembly programs for lifetime membership with NSHSS who meet the Society’s eligibility requirements. Members must be a student in high school and must meet ANY ONE of the criteria below:

  • 1750 SAT score or higher
  • 200 PSAT score or higher
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any Advance Placement exam
  • Score 5 or higher on any International Baccalaureate exam
  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA or higher on a 4.0 Scale
  • 4.375 Cumulative GPA or higher on a 5.0 scale
  • 5.25 Cumulative GPA or higher on a 6.0 scale
  • 90% Percentile Grade Average or higher
  • Top 10% rank in class

For more info about NSHSS, please go to their website here.

Opportunity for All Participants

Open Call for Fellowship Applications 

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Echoing Green will be hosting an open call for applications for the 2018 Fellowship Program, and searching for emerging leaders addressing the world’s biggest problems – ranging from education, racial and gender equity, to environmental sustainability.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000 over two years and opportunities for leadership development, peer mentorship, targeted networking opportunities, and access to technical expertise and pro bono partnerships.

Click here to learn more and apply this Fall!

Opportunity for All Participants

The Delegates Blog

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Global Young Voices is a worldwide media outlet with a wide reach of over 190 countries alongside collaborations with organizations such as the UN Youth, the UN Academic Impact and the European Youth Forum. They are excited to be partnering with FAF for the first time at the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations.

In this context, Global Young Voices will run a session called: “A Society For All: Stories from Across Borders” in which delegates can share their stories on youth-led project that have made a tangible impact on the social sustainability of their communities. These stories will be selected from all those submitted on a dedicated platform and will be showcased during the session through a presentation in the format of a TED Talk. The speeches will gain further visibility through a live streaming from the official social media pages and a featured article on Global Young Voices’ front page.

Join their session at the assembly and inspire yourself and others to take part in sustainable initiatives.