FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Youth Assembly at the United Nations?

  • The Youth Assembly is a three-day intensive program featuring guest speakers, seminars, and global youth exchange. To receive announcements concerning it, please sign up for the Youth Assembly mailing list (newsletter, at the sidebar)!
  • The Youth Assembly at the United Nations is an opportunity to help young people get involved with the United Nations’ goals at a time of imminent reform and change. We feel that it is crucial for the sake of our world’s future that young leaders around the world are provided with this opportunity to familiarize themselves with the United Nations as a vehicle of future peace and diplomacy.
  • During the Youth Assembly, you can meet members of the Secretariat (staff), Missions (Nation states), and NGOs affiliated with the United Nations. You can hear from UN Agencies, such as UNICEF, UNESCO and also learn about major topics that the U.N. is facing during its major reconstruction.
  • The Youth Assembly focuses on young people championing humanitarian causes around the world and how to become involved, taking action for what you believe in.

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Who may apply?
Youth Leaders and those who wish to become Leaders, ages 16-28+

Advanced Youth Leaders and Young Professionals engaged in UN or MDG studies, internships, Fellowships, or early work stages, ages 18-28+, are most welcome to apply

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How do I apply for the Youth Assembly?

For complete instructions on how to register for the Youth Assembly, please CLICK HERE

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Who takes care of my travel, housing and meals?

Participants are responsible for their own travel-related costs (transportation, housing, meals, etc.).

FAF will offer safe and inexpensive travel packages that you can take advantage of, if you wish. These present a safe and inexpensive opportunity for those new to New York City to enjoy and get acquainted with this special destination, and attend evening and social programs, too. Walking tours, shows, special events and meals; Little Italy, Chinatown, the Cloisters, Broadway and more! Learn about these valuable, additional packages and associated details in the Delegate Accommodation Plans section.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the extremely high cost of the use of UN facilities for the Assembly, staffing, insurance, and speakers’ fees, no other subsidies are possible beyond free admission to all activities inside the United Nations after registration at this time. No other support is available through FAF for any travel, special events, accommodations, or meals at this time.

We suggest you check local organizations and associations, such as the Lions or Rotary clubs in your area. Other delegates have found that a search through the internet, academic scholarships, local and national sources, and even family relations can also be a source of subsidy and support.

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Can FAF help me with my travel arrangements?

Help – Yes. FAF offers very affordable accommodation packages for Assembly delegates at discounted, NGO rates. In fact, we encourage participants to apply for Youth Assembly housing and special events as they provide even more opportunities for networking outside of the daily events. Beyond this, making arrangements with FAF saves delegates the inconvenience, money and insecurity of making arrangements on their own. Information about value travel packages can be found at the Youth Assembly’s web site, in the Delegate Accommodation Plans section.

Offer scholarships or subsidies – No. We are sorry, but due to the extremely high cost of the use of UN facilities for the Assembly, staffing, insurance, and speakers’ fees, no other subsidies are possible beyond free admission to all activities inside the United Nations after registration at this time. No other support is available through FAF for any travel, special events, accommodations, or meals at this time.

We suggest you check local organizations and associations, such as the Lions or Rotary clubs in your area. Other delegates have found that a search through the internet, academic scholarships, local and national sources, and even family relations can also be a source of subsidy and support.

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Can FAF assist me with my visa application?

  • FAF will provide approved applicants with a Formal Acceptance Notice to attend the Assembly. Present this official note to the U.S. Embassy at your interview if you are applying for a visa.
  • Please note that the acceptance notice does NOT guarantee the issuance of a visa or admittance to the United States. Visa issuance is entirely contingent upon the U.S. Embassy’s and Consulate’s discretion, and admittance upon the Immigration authorities’ (INS) discretion at the point of entry.
  • 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 as well as decrease your chances of obtaining a visa.

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May I apply for Scholarship Support?

Due to the extremely high cost of the use of United Nations facilities for the Assembly, staffing, insurance, and speakers’ fees, no other subsidies are possible beyond free admission to all activities inside the United Nations after registration at this time. No other support is available through FAF for any travel, special events, accommodations, or meals at this time.

We suggest you check local organizations and associations, such as the Lions or Rotary clubs in your area. Other delegates have found that a search through the internet, academic scholarships, local and national sources, and even family relations can also be a source of subsidy and support.

NOTE:  For those who may need travel support, please consult FAF’s Complimentary Fund Raising Guide

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May I still attend if I am older than 28?

Yes, as observers. All observers, NGO representatives, faculty, chaperones, and parents are welcome, at any age over 18 years old. The applicable fees are the same as for any delegate; please use our on-line application system to apply.

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May I attend one day only?

Yes; the full registration fee is still applicable.

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What is the Leadership Seminar?

The Leadership Seminar attendant to the Youth Assembly at the United Nations is a dynamic, comprehensive, and intensive training program held in a large and well equipped Metropolitan campus, just outside Manhattan. The Leadership Seminar aspires to effectively prepare participants to become agents of change in their home communities. This training takes place prior and post to the Youth Assembly. (Only offered in August.)

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Must I purchase a ‘package’?   

No; if you have a place to stay in New York City or for any other reason you decide not to purchase one of the the packages offered by FAF, you can still attend the Assembly after registration and approval.

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What if I have not received an Acceptance Notice?

If you have submitted all requested materials, you should be getting a notification within 7 business days.  If not, please send an email to:   apply4ya@faf.org.

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I have a question that is not addressed here – what do I do?

You can e-mail your question to apply4ya@faf.org. Inquiries will be accepted and answered via e-mail ONLY. Our team will not be able to answer any questions by phone.

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Where can I learn more about the Youth Assembly at the UN?

There will be updates posted at this website periodically. Keep checking back!

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Where can I learn more about the United Nations?

At their official UN website.

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Where can I learn more about New York City?

Visit the Official New York City Guide website.

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Who is Friendship Ambassadors Foundation?

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (www.faf.org) is a non-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that promotes reconciliation, and peace-building through cultural exchange. FAF is affiliated with the United Nations. FAF’s Executive Director, Patrick Sciarratta, sees the Youth Assembly as an example of bringing more youth leaders into the global arena. He is also the co-editor of the “NGO Reporter,” for the NGO DPI Executive Committee, which is disseminated to nearly 3000 UN-affiliated NGOs worldwide on a quarterly basis. Mr. Sciarratta is a speaker on the National Council of the United Nations Association of the USA.

Mr. Sciarratta and Dr. Elaine Valdov, the former co-chair of the Executive Committee of NGOs Affiliated with the United Nations DPI – Outreach Committee and long time NGO representative at the United Nations, originated this idea in order to introduce a new generation of active leaders to UN. For more details, email us at: apply4ya@faf.org

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