Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, a leading not-for-profit organization in youth leadership and cultural exchange, is proud to announce its partnership with Dear World for the upcoming Youth Assembly at the United Nations this summer. The partnership will provide an opportunity for attendees of the conference to share their unique experiences, identities, and stories through Dear World’s renowned interactive approach to portrait and storytelling.
The Youth Assembly will be attended by nearly 1,000 young leaders, changemakers, and entrepreneurs from more than 100 countries, who are actively involved in their communities and possess a strong interest in sustainable development and the work of the United Nations.
In line with the conference’s theme “Society for All: Equity and Inclusion for a Sustainable Future.”, Dear World’s interactive portrait shoot will encourage a greater sense of community, belonging, and connection, between and among attendees from all over the world.
During the main sessions, Lynetria “Fresh” Johnson of Dear World will be delivering a keynote designed to inspire attendees with impactful stories they have heard from all over the world – from a former NFL football player who now battles ALS, to an 11-year-old Syrian refugee.
On the third day, a portrait shoot will be open to interested participants, where they will have a chance to take their photos and work with Dear World on how to dig deeper into the stories they want to share through their portraits.
In celebration of International Youth Day, Dear World will take the stage at the closing ceremony of the conference to showcase portrait highlights and reflect on inspiring stories of the Youth Assembly community.
ABOUT THE YOUTH ASSEMBLY
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations is the global gathering of the next generation of leaders, social entrepreneurs, social activists, and advocates of sustainable development. It is a unique platform for discussion and partnership between youth and the international community. Since the program’s inception in 2004, the Youth Assembly has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of young individuals from over 100 countries and has spawned numerous youth-led projects around the world.
ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADORS FOUNDATION
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds friendships, advance mutual understanding, and promote global cooperation and development through transformative intercultural exchanges, youth leadership, humanitarian volunteer service, and artistic programs, which often support the United Nations and its development goals.
FAF is associated with the United Nations through UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and has Consultative Status with UNESCO and Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC. FAF has partnered with notable organizations, including the World Bank Group, Microsoft YouthSpark, PepsiCo, The Resolution Project, among many others. These formal affiliations place FAF in a unique position to bring the youth closer to the UN and its agenda while connecting them with opportunities that allow them to take the next step towards making an impact.
ABOUT DEAR WORLD
Dear World takes a community's portrait by sharing the specific stories of its people. Our storytelling process allows colleagues, strangers, and friends to learn about each other through their portraits. It's a tool used by some of the top companies in the world to learn about their people in a unique, creative and engaging way.
Our work has been published in over 30 countries, and Oprah.com said, "Some of the photographs suggest an untold story that gives your spine a shiver."
Dear World has photographed over 60,000 people across the world. We use a portion of their revenues to underwrite and produce projects around the world, which document people with incredible stories to share.
At Dear World, our team works closely with companies and organizations who recognize that when colleagues know more about each other and the people they serve, the work improves. Our process began simply, asking each person to share a story that only they can tell.