Testimonials

Testimonials

About the 11B Youth Assembly, January 31 & February 1, 2013

“Congratulations on yesterday’s inspiring start to the Youth Assembly 11B.  The morning panel was terrific and Sejal was excellent.  It is a pleasure to see you in your element!!!”

- Jackie Shapiro, FAF Board Member

“To advance the UN’s agenda on youth, the UN system has drafted a System-wide Action Plan on Youth.  The Secretary-General has also recently appointed his first-ever Envoy on Youth.  Ahmad Alhindawi, from Jordan, will work to address the needs of youth.  Mr. Alhindawi is the youngest envoy ever to be appointed by UN Secretary General.

“Despite his young age, he brings a wealth of experience to his position.  It is worth nothing that Ahmad started participating in the Youth

 Assembly in 2007, then came back to the YA as a representative of Save the Children, and later still as a representative of the League of Arab States:  leading a group of young men and women who were active in the Arab Spring.  Ahamd has asked me to say the following to you, on his behalf:

‘What could be a better message of hope and inspiration than the fact that young people are acknowledged by the UN as full partners in designing, implementing, and evaluating the policies and programmes affecting their lives.

I was once sitting in the same setting as you, not sure if I could really influence policies.  The Secretary-General and the UN send a clear message with my appointment that all youth can contribute and nothing for youth should be done without youth involvement.’

“Participation in public decision-making is usually limited to exercising the right to vote.  Your participation in the Youth Assembly indicates otherwise.  Your presence here at the UN indicates that you have taken an interest in participating in some way in making the world we share a better place for all.

“We hope you will be inspired by the example of Ahmad Alhindawi who just a short time ago was participating in this Assembly and wondering whether he would ever have an opportunity to influence politics.  You (too) can make important contributions”

- Maher Nasser, Director of Outreach, UN Department of Public Information

“We are very grateful to Patrick Sciarratta for giving us the opportunity to be part of this exciting program, he is the real pioneer in engaging young people.  Please also covey our appreciation to your entire staff.  A special thank you to our host Sebastian Mony, for his elegant facilitation.  Rachel did such a wonderful job in moderating the conversations, with so many creative minds on the podium.  They were all just brilliant.  Their inspiring stories really resonated with the audience.  Andrea Taylor (Director of Community Affairs, Microsoft) was wonderful in summing up and threading all the pieces together in such a professional way!”

- Amir Dossal, Global Partnerships Forum

“You, Yin Chu, your small but mighty staff, and the wonderful IYC volunteers, et al., all did a wonderful job – again!  I am so happy to have been there for the conclusion of another terrific YA.  It was nice to see Amir Dossal in action at the podium; I found myself a bit teary during the last presentation (Kendall Ceisemer) – incredible what one ill child managed to do – how inspiring she is! – followed by the awesome young pianist, Mathew Whitaker.  Wow.  So moving.  And Patrick’s closing words were perfect.  Congratulations!”

- Deena Merlen, FAF Board Member

“Incredible event!! Thank you FAF for the opportunity for me to share my story about I.D.E.A.S. (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions) and Citizen Energy.  Fantastic breakout discussion on the Green Economy and how the United Nations could assist youth to catalyze the transition!  I look forward to staying connected and assisting in the August 2013 event.  All the best to the youth leaders around the World!”

- Chris Castro, Citizen Energy

“Cette assemblee a ete le moyen de ravigoter la jeunesse et lui rappeler son role important pour l’essor d’un monde meilleur! Demain se vivant et se jouant deja aujourd’hui!”

“This assembly was the means to invigorate youth and to remind them of their important role for the future of a better world!  Tomorrow is living and playing out already, today!”

- Lemien Lendzeyi, YA Youth Participant

“We feel privileged to be partners with you and the YA team.  Resolution cannot do what we do without partnering with leaders like you who bring high-potential youth together.  These summits are the crucial place for Resolution and it is a great service that you do to the world and the UN to continue bringing these promising young leaders together under the banner of education and action.  We are thrilled to continue working with you and look forward to our next conference and SVC together”

-  Oliver B. Libby, Chair & Co-Founder, The Resolution Project, Inc.

“It was a fantastic event.  I was particularly excited about the way in which the program flow went so smooth.  Your foresight and vision toward pulling through an event of this extravagant nature is excellent.  It is always a pleasure to work with you.  Kelly Roberts, Andrea Taylor, Maria-Luisa Chavez, Maher Nazeer, Amir Dossal, Chuck Hitchcock, David Woolcombe, and Kata Szabo were speaking highly about the event as I communicated with them.  It would be an honor to work with you on this project again”

-  Sebastian Mony, Guest Host, YA+11B@UN and Marketing Strategist at LDI Color Toolbox, a Canon Partner

“It was my pleasure to meet you at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations.  Our students are still very charged from the experience and are planning to go to Microsoft’s YouthSpark program that they learned about from Andrea Taylor’s presentation at the YA…each of our students will have the opportunity to develop a social venture there that they will launch with the support of Microsoft.  It is our student’s goal to be presenters at the Youth Assembly next year.  Thank you for the difference that you are making in the lives of our youth”.

Letizia Gambrell-Boone, Director, Assessment Center, Hampton University

From Past Youth Assemblies 

“…Like the honey bee cross pollinates flowers to yield more resilient and beautiful species, the CSR process must acknowledge, reference, and facilitate the sharing of best practices from various settings to yield quality output…”

- From the address of Ambassador Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations

“I congratulate and thank you for your vision and leadership of this outstanding conference over the years.  It is an investment in a more peaceful future and I know these young people will never forget it.  They are full of optimism and growing confidence and I am heartened when I see them”

- Gilliam Sorensen, Senior Advisor, U.N. Foundation

“I was inspired by the dialogue and enthusiasm of the Assembly and met several young people with passion to contribute to the success of the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals.  I have enjoyed working with the team at Friendship Ambassadors Foundation and will actively seek out opportunities to build on our collaboration”

- Ambassador Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Permanent Mission of Kenya to the U.N.

“The opportunity to share some of PepsiCo’s social and environmental initiatives with the Youth Assembly attendees was a pleasure, an honor, and an inspiration.  With future leaders of the caliber of those I had the good fortune to meet, I am more heartened than ever that our planet, and the communities which share its resources, are in very capable hands.  My parting advice to those leaders of tomorrow:  follow your passion.  It is amazing to witness the impact that will result”

- Daniel Bena, Director of Sustainable Development, PepsiCo

“The participants at the Youth Assembly are exceptional.  You could witness faces shining with inspiration and minds racing with deep thoughts when enlightened and challenged with new ideas that benefit the global community.  The energy that was created was mirrored off each participant creating a brilliant glow in an exciting environment that promises action”

- Andrew Septimus, Algae Systems

“It is encouraging and inspiring to see teenagers and young adults so well-organized, informed and passionate about the issues affecting our world and their commitment to assisting with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  I was honored to be part of it”

- Leo Dotson, Keynotes Speaker, Founder & Chair, Purple Freedom.Org

“Most inspiring to me was the excitement, enthusiasm and genuine appreciation that the participants shared following the event.  It is a powerful experience to meet so many others who recognize importance in the same issues you do”

- Katy Mixter, Program Associate, Corporate Sustainability, Citigroup

“The honor of working with a dynamic representation of our future generation of global leaders (on the Tangshan College scholarship opportunity) was by far mine to cherish.  As is often the case, young professionals feel overwhelmed by the political and economic world we live in today.  I hope in my adaptation to the Case Study Method, they could see how easy it is for them to seek strength and conviction from their peers by using a simple discussion process for exchanging ideas, mulling over tough challenges, and dreaming together as one voice.  The world can and needs to hear from our young leaders, not out of compassion or kindness, but out of necessity.  Their vision is our future.  We must let them shine together for all to see, hear, and witness.  There’s no doubt that the YA is well positioned to make a significant difference in the lives of many young minds”

- Tom Kadala, President, ResearchPAYS, Inc.

“[The YA] is an important mechanism of the United Nations.  Not only does it give young people a chance to be included…it also brings new perspectives to the General Assembly, thereby enriching its work”

- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Galleries

Past Youth Assemblies at the United Nations

Endorsements

Chile

South AfricanSenegal

Croatia

Costa Rica

Swiss

The following Permanent Missions to the United Nations have reconfirmed their pledges of endorsement for the 11th Youth Assembly at the United Nations in 2012:

Lead Mission:  Bangladesh

Angola

Costa Rica

Croatia

El Salvador

Romania

Senegal

South Africa

Switzerland

The 9th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations was endorsed by the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of:

Lead Mission: South Africa


Australia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Canada

Chile

Croatia

El Salvador

Italy

Liechtenstein

New Zealand

Panama

Romania

Slovakia

Sweden

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The 8th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations was endorsed by the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of:

Lead Mission: Australia

El Salvador

Finland

France

New Zealand

Romania

Slovak Republic

South Africa

Venezuela

The 7th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations was endorsed by the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of:

Lead Mission: Finland

Argentina

Australia

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Canada

Croatia

France

Guatemala

Honduras

Italy

Lichtenstein

New Zealand

Romania

Slovakia

South Africa

Sweden