A Video Message from FAF’s New Executive Director

  Video Transcript: 00:00 – Hello! My name is Andrew Macdonald and I’m the new Executive Director at the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. I’m truly very excited to be part of this wonderful organization with a history that spans over 50 years. 00:14 – But first, let me thank many of you for the warm welcome that I’ve received since I’ve started. I’ve been here just over 6 weeks and I

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Announcing the Program Agenda for the 23rd Session of The Youth Assembly

  Dear Friends, I am pleased to announce the Program Agenda for our upcoming 23rd Youth Assembly, taking place from February 15-17, 2019 in New York City. This year, we have chosen a theme that encapsulates the overall essence of our work at The Youth Assembly: “Empowering Youth for Global Development“. Young people represent a majority of the population in many countries, and we believe it is important that we

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Application for the Impact Challenge 2019 is Now Open

Application for the Impact Challenge 2019 is Now Open

Create game-changing solutions for today’s most pressing issues. Early this year, we launched our first-ever Impact Challenge, which mobilizes youth to propose and enact meaningful, socially-responsible projects that address social, economic, and environmental issues around the world. We are calling young changemakers to join us again next year at the 23rd Session of The Youth Assembly and compete for the chance to win support for your start-up. COMPETITION The Youth

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Friendship Ambassadors Foundation Announces Andrew Macdonald as Executive Director

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation Announces Andrew Macdonald as Executive Director

Greenwich, CT – Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Macdonald as its new Executive Director, effective October 1, 2018. Building upon FAF’s legacy of bringing the world together through cultural exchange, youth development, and global education programs, Andrew will be leading and developing the organization’s overall strategic plan and successful execution of its unique mission. With today’s young people as the world’s greatest untapped

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How Much Do You Know About Poverty Around the World?

How Much Do You Know About Poverty Around the World?

On End Poverty Day, World Bank recently launched a new report called 2018 Poverty and Shared Prosperity: Piercing Together the Poverty Puzzle. The new study explores core measures of extreme poverty and introduces new pieces to the poverty puzzle – broadening the ways poverty is defined and measured beyond monetary poverty in order to recognize the complexity of poverty and inequalities across individuals, households, and countries. The picture of poverty

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Applications for the 23rd Session of The Youth Assembly Open Soon

Applications for the 23rd Session of The Youth Assembly Open Soon

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation’s flagship program, The Youth Assembly, will be holding its 23rd Session at New York University in New York City, USA in February 2019. Youth age 16-28 with a proven track record of leadership experience, school, or community involvement and are interested in global affairs, sustainable development, and youth issues are invited to apply as Delegates. Applications will open on Monday, October 22, 2018. Submit your interest by

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Upward Bound: Examining Intersectionality As A Route To Achieving Upward Social Mobility

Author: Kirthi Jayakumar Kirthi Jayakumar is an activist, actor, artist, and author from Chennai, India. She founded and runs the Red Elephant Foundation and works for gender equality and peace education. Understanding the impact of one’s parents’ social status in determining the future of the person is grounded in understanding intersectionality. If we must break the cycle of poverty, our approach must be grounded in intersectionality and inclusive of all

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Can Your Parent’s Social Status Determine Your Future?

Can Your Parent’s Social Status Determine Your Future?

Author: Rutendo P. Ngwena Rutendo Ngwena is a young Zimbabwean with a passion for community engagement through entrepreneurship aimed at the creation of better communities. She studies Business Management and Finance with Arden University and currently interns in the United States. I was born and raised in the sunshine city of Harare, Zimbabwe. I grew up playing with my cousin Kuda and we stayed true to the innocence of childhood

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Lack of Educational Mobility in Developing Countries Leads to Societal Misrepresentation at International Conferences

Lack of Educational Mobility in Developing Countries Leads to Societal Misrepresentation at International Conferences

Author: Amy Timmerman Amy Timmerman is a Canadian Delegate to the United Nations Youth Assembly. Amy advocates on behalf of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 4: “Quality Education”, and SDG 13: “Climate Action”. Amy is a student of International Relations at Western University.  In her spare time, Amy is a competitive water skier.  The goal number one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is to

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George Orwell’s Allegory On The Disastrous Effects Of Illiteracy And Inequality Is Alluded In The World Bank’s Upcoming Report

George Orwell’s Allegory On The Disastrous Effects Of Illiteracy And Inequality Is Alluded In The World Bank’s Upcoming Report

Author: Charlote Dera Charlote Dera is a Literary Activist and a volunteer for the University of Witwatersrand Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Institute. In the satirical novel “Animal Farm”, we become aware of education’s role in stratifying the farm’s population. The fair ideals that once guided the animals are exploited once the pigs cement their status as the educated elite. The exploitation results in an oppressive regime that encourages slave-like labor

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