Frequently Asked Questions

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+ 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.

There are two ways to attend the Youth Assembly. Choose to sign up for either the Youth Assembly Conference option or the Youth Assembly Delegate Package option.

The sign-up procedure for either options includes three phases: Application → Registration → Final Admission. Please follow the guidelines to start your participation in the Youth Assembly Conference here or Youth Assembly Delegate Package here.

+ I’m 29 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 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 upon receipt of the application fees 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 will contain a copy of your submitted application form, as well as instructions on paying the application fee. Please note that submission of an application form does not automatically guarantee acceptance to the conference. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated thoroughly based on eligibility and criteria set by FAF, upon receipt of your application fee. You will receive an email regarding the status of your application (accepted, pending, rejected) within 3 business days after your application is reviewed.

If your application has been accepted, you will be instructed to proceed with your registration.

+ Is there a cost to attending the conference?

Yes. For the Conference option, two fees will be required: 1. An application fee of $15.00 per application/applicant upon submission of the application form; 2. An administration fee of $185.00 per registration/registrant once the application is accepted. Those fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable under any circumstances and for any reason. Please read the terms and conditions. You will receive email instructions on paying the fees once your application is submitted.

While there is no registration fee required to take part in meetings or events that take place inside the United Nations Headquarters, these non-refundable fees are 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 conference service related fees.

+ I need a U.S. visa to attend the conference, what do I need to do?

Please note that International applicants who are based outside the United States are responsible for obtaining their own visa to travel to the US. Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to find out how. 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.

Please also note that the organizers' (Friendship Ambassadors Foundation/FAF) 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.

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

No. Participants who sign up for the Conference option with an administration fee of $185 are responsible for their own travel arrangements, including accommodation, meals, flight, airport transfers, and visa application fees.

Participants can choose to sign up for the Delegate Package option, which includes accommodation, meals, and learning and networking opportunities beyond the Youth Assembly. Two fees will be required to sign up for the Delegation Package option: 1. The application fee of $15.00 per application/applicant upon submission of the application form; 2. The Delegate Package fee (depending on the room occupancy type) per registration/registrant once the application is accepted. If you wish to learn more about the Delegate Package and its refund policy, please go to this link.

+ Do I need to register for the Youth Assembly Conference option first before registering for the Delegate Package?

No. It’s a separate application and registration procedure for the Delegate Package option. Applicants who are interested in the Delegate Package option can go to the Delegate Package section to register for the Delegate Package directly. Delegate Package participants have full admission and access to the Youth Assembly conference.

If applicants have already submitted application form and fee for the Conference option but wish to sign up for the Delegate Package, applicants can choose the upgrade option on the Delegate Package application form.

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

Unfortunately, failure to complete the administration 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 application fee and/or the administration fee. What if I decide to cancel my application/registration? Will I get a refund?

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

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

Please note that the application fee and the administrative fee are non-refundable and non-transferrable under any circumstances and for any reason. These circumstances and reasons may include, but are not be limited to, application rejection by FAF, application withdrawal by applicant, 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 (before the conference formally starts). Please expect to receive updates from time-to-time regarding the check-in information and 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 January 22, 2018. 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 your application is accepted, and you have finalized your registration with the administration fee of $185 on or before November 30, 2017, you will have the opportunity to attend a briefing or visit at a Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

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

We suggest applicants to check local organizations and associations, such as the Lions or Rotary clubs in their area for sponsorship opportunities. 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.

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

+ 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. 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 you with your upgrade request as soon as we receive your application form for the Delegate Package.

+ 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 delegate package terms & conditions. You will have to re-apply by submitting the application form and the administration 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 10 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.