8–10 August 2019 • Washington, DC, USA

The world is changing at a lightning fast pace and the problems we are facing are becoming more complex than ever before. The 24th Session will explore the possibilities for young people to thrive and meet the challenges of the 21st century. Organised by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, the Youth Assembly aims to empower the next generation of leaders with opportunities to connect with like-minded peers, trailblazers, and influencers, develop global competence and critical skills, and transform their vision for a better future through innovative action.

Empower will take a delegation of New Zealand youth leaders to the Youth Assembly! The Youth Assembly will be held on 8-10 August but we will have side-meetings and visits to top influential organizations so the entire trip will run from 6 August - 13 August.

Agenda and Format

Guided by the theme “New Horizons for Global Youth”, the Youth Assembly is a conference that aims to tackle four focus areas – Human DevelopmentEnvironmentPeace and Security, and Technology – in the form of panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and insightful keynotes. Participants have the option to concentrate on one focus area or explore various topics based on their preference and expertise. Sessions will explore interconnections between issues, regional specific contexts and the role youth can play.  Each session will offer time for delegate participation, while networking opportunities and information sessions will provide ways to stay engaged and take the next step towards creating impact.  Download the concept note here.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives at the conference are guided by the Theory of Change.

  • Connect and Engage – Build partnerships and motivation through connecting with influential young leaders, experts, and practitioners from across sectors and global regions

  • Learn and Develop Skills – Discover groundbreaking new tools, knowledge, training, and resources to succeed in their projects

  • Take Action and Create Impact – Co-create solutions and engage in new initiatives and opportunities to bring real impact to local and global communities.

Focus Areas


Apply Now!

apply now to be on the New Zealand delegation to the youth assembly!


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