As we face mankind’s greatest challenges, there is no better time than now to inspire youth leadership and action. Help us help our youth connect, learn, and take action to make an impact in changing the world.
Fostering friendship – the basic human bond that allows for mutual understanding and cooperation among peoples of the world – is at the heart of every work that we do.
True to our name, we believe in the power of friendship as a catalyst for deeper and long-lasting collaboration towards impactful change. Our story began when Harry Morgan founded the Ambassadors for Friendship program which has been recognized by names such as Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Mother Theresa, and Kofi Annan. Read our story →
The world is faced with challenges that if left ignored will be near impossible to overcome.
We have identified four areas where we believe youth must have a critical voice and involvement: Human Development, Environment & Climate Change, Technology, and Peace & Security. Understanding the cross area impact and determining ways to address problems more holistically will be a critical component of our work.
Environment & Climate Change
Peace & Security
The driving force behind the Friendship Ambassadors initiative has always been about “change”, transforming lives and improving the world for the better.
Our Founder Harry Morgan set out to change perceptions people had about each other by “bridging people, cultures, and spaces.” Years later, our concert tours used the soft power of music to promote unity between nations. Today, The Youth Assembly is a unique platform for young people who want to change the world. Over the span of 60 years, a Theory of Change has thus emerged, which will be the foundation that we will build upon. Learn more →
We are on track to become the world’s leading youth development organization, which harnesses friendship as a catalyst for deeper engagement, learning, action, and impact.
We recognize the power in harnessing the passion of the FAF community, composed of over 100,000 individuals who have taken part in our programs and share our values. It is our goal, therefore, to provide ways for our community to connect and engage with each other, to learn and grow together, and to act and make an impact.
Regional make-up of youth program participants
Through the Impact Challenge, youth develop original, impactful, and innovative solutions to human development, peace and security, and environmental issues outlined in the 2030 Global Agenda.
Today’s youth are the most interconnected generation, thanks to the rise of social media and digital technology that forever transformed the way we connect with one another.
To date, over 20,000 young people from all regions across the globe have become a Delegate to The Youth Assembly. However, there are many more who deserve the same opportunity, but do not have the resources to participate due to geographical and financial constraints.
With ample and consistent support, we can fulfill this gap by scaling up our assemblies to accommodate more youth and provide greater access globally.
For decades, we have created a thriving network of 100,000+ students, artists, and changemakers from all over the world and hundreds of key leaders and experts in global development.
While the majority of our audience is young people, many of them have grown and progressed in their careers years later. Therefore, we aim to create an online community platform, which will serve as a common space for our members to connect, learn, and take action.
Through this membership community, we enable our past and current participants to connect and engage 365 days a year 24/7. The platform will also serve as the centralizing point where we can manage GAIN, provide access to FA Academy, host virtual conferences, career opportunities, and networking events.
The world is changing at a lightning fast pace, but the problems we are facing are also becoming more complex than ever before. Therefore, youth need access to learning opportunities and resources to help them thrive and meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Education is core to our Theory of Change, therefore, at The Youth Assembly, we help equip the youth with the skills and knowledge they need to take action and make an impact. We work with a number of key experts and esteemed organizations to facilitate a holistic approach in developing today’s young leaders. However, there is a growing need to adapt to the needs of youth for access to these resources.
Through LEaD, we seek to develop and offer an online educational program on specialized topics, which may include Youth Leadership, Global Citizenship, Social Innovation, Climate Change, Sustainable Environment, Technology, Human Development, and Diplomacy, and others as requested by our youth community.
Our primary goal is creating alliances among youth that lead to action and impact. Building upon youth’s unique strengths and capabilities, we plan to expand our reach and grow youth impact exponentially by establishing a global network of Friendship Ambassadors, which we call the Global Action and Impact Network (GAIN).
This network will be linked through GAIN Hubs located around the world, which will be activated to work from the ground up on issues their communities face. In addition, this network will also include strategic partnerships and alliances with organizations who align with and help advance our mission.
An effective talent management strategy needs to be in place from talent acquisition to talent development and retention. In addition, proper tools, and processes are necessary to encourage innovation and allow staff to work to their fullest potential.
We aim to create a culture of innovation with an eye towards future possibilities. Finally, an organizational structure that allows our culture to flourish, and provides staff with opportunities to grow will help create a stable and enduring environment.