The Youth Assembly (YA) is a unique platform for fostering dialogue and generating partnerships between exceptional youth, civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations.
The project developed from Friendship Ambassadors Foundation’s cultural exchange programs aimed at cultivating youth development. Since our inception, a team of dedicated core staff and a network of partners, collaborators, and volunteers have maintained this unique platform for cross-sector dialogue and partnership that empowers youth to become active agents for sustainable development.
The Youth Assembly is the largest and longest-running conference that brings youth closer to the United Nations. We have run 21 consecutive sessions and have touched the lives of nearly 15,000 young people from more than 100 countries around the world.
Despite coming from a multitude of cultural backgrounds, the extraordinary delegates who make up the Youth Assembly all have one thing in common— their world-changing potential. Majority of the Youth Assembly delegates are social innovators, advocates, and leaders in their communities. Some have emerged as public figures, such as former UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi. Over the course of the Youth Assembly’s history, delegates have traveled from more than 100 of the United Nations member states to participate in the forum.
At the Youth Assembly, delegates are equipped with skills, knowledge and tools they need to become active leaders and engaged citizens in their communities. With the support of our partners and lead endorsers, the Youth Assembly’s powerful impact ripples far beyond the conference. We are proud to have worked with prestigious organizations and companies, such as the United Nations, the World Bank Group, The Resolution Project, Thought For Food, Instagram, Microsoft YouthSpark, and many more.