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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the World Youth Alliance?
The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations.

When is the International Solidarity Forum going to be held?
The ISF is going to be held on March 31 - April 4, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters and WYA Headquarters.

Who can participate in this event?
Active and Track A Trained members of the World Youth Alliance from any of our six regional offices: WYA Africa, WYA Asia Pacific, WYA Europe, WYA Latin America, WYA Middle East, and WYA North America.

Applicants who have good recommendations from their regional office have increased chances of being accepted.

How do I become a WYA Member?
WYA Members are young people between the ages of 10 and 30 who sign the WYA Charter.

How do I become a Track A Trained Member?
The Track A Training is the program that trains our members in the core principles that inform the mission of WYA. It discusses key concepts related to Human Dignity including freedom, solidairty, and culture, among many others. A member is considered Track A trained once he/she has submitted answers to all seven chapters of the Track A Training manual.

Members can enroll in the program for free. For more information, visit our Track A training page or get in touch with your regional office.

What is the application process for the ISF?
Interested parties must fill out and submit this application form.

When can I apply?
Interested parties may send in their applications on or before February 15, 2014 (New York Time) if they need to apply for US Visas. They may submit on or before March 15, 2014 if they do not need US Visas.

When will I be notified of the application decision?
You will be notified of the application decision three weeks after you have submitted your application.

Will the World Youth Alliance provide accommodations for participants?
The World Youth Alliance will not be providing accommodations for participants. However, to address accommodation concerns of our participants, we have compiled a list of hotels and hostels in close proximity to the UN and the WYA office. You may download the list here

What kind of visa will I need? 
For the conference, the most appropriate type of visa would be a Business visitor (B-1/B-2) visa. The World Youth Alliance will issue acceptance and visa letters to support your visa application.

What is the attire for the ISF?
Participants are expected to attend all ISF scheduled events in business casual attire unless otherwise specified.

How do I get around New York City?
Also referred to as “The Big Apple,” New York City is one of the prime financial, gastronomic, and cultural capitals of the world. Home to a population of approximately 8 million people, New York City is the most populous city in the United States, and one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. The headquarters of the United Nations is also located in the city. This location has served as the UN’s official headquarters since 1952.

By air
If you are planning to travel by air, you may choose to land in any three of these airports: La Guardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark International Airport.

By land
There are many ways to travel around the city. You may take a bus, the subway, a cab or walk to get from one place to another. It is the personal responsibility of each participant to observe safety and security at all times.

How to go to the WYA house from the airport?

-       JFK Airport:

·         Taxi: They are available from every terminal. Always take the yellow cabs (they are the only official taxis in NYC). The price will be $45 +$5 for the toll + tip (usually from 10% to 20% of the price)

·         Train: Take the Airtrain in direction of and to Jamaica station. There, you will be able to take the E train Uptown until 51st and Lexington and change for the 6 train Uptown until 68th Hunter College. Walk three blocks north along Lexington Avenue to 71st Street. Turn right and walk east one and a half blocks. The World Youth Alliance is located on the right-hand side of the street number 228, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

-       Newark Airport:

·         Taxi: They are available from every terminal. Always take the yellow cabs (they are the only official taxis in NYC). The price will be between $50 and $70 +$5 for the toll + tip (usually from 10% to 20% of the price)

·         Train: Take the Airtrain in direction of and to Newark Liberty station. There, you will be able to buy a ticket for NY Penn Station (approx $15 for NJ Transit company). Once you are at NY Penn Station you can take the E train Uptown until 51st and Lexington and change for the 6 train Uptown until 68th Hunter College. Walk three blocks north along Lexington Avenue to 71st Street. Turn right and walk east one and a half blocks. The World Youth Alliance is located on the right-hand side of the street number 228, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

-       La Guardia Airport:

·         Taxi: They are available from every terminal. Always take the yellow cabs (they are the only official taxis in NYC). The price will be between $15 and $30.

·         Bus and Metro: Take the M60 bus to 125th street. It will allow you to connect to the 6 train Downtown until 68th Hunter College. Walk three blocks north along Lexington Avenue to 71st Street. Turn right and walk east one and a half blocks. The World Youth Alliance is located on the right-hand side of the street number 228, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

What will the weather be?
Spring is one of the best times to be in New York City. However, spring in the city can be fairly unpredictable – the temperature can range from 40°F on chilly rainy days to a more comfortable 60°F – so it’s always best to bring a warm jacket and an umbrella with you.

Where to visit?
If you have extra time in New York City, there are lots of things to see and places to go. Here are our suggestions.

Where to eat?
For your  lunches, we suggest these places due to their proximity to the two venues of ISF: The WYA Headquarters and the UN headquarters. 

How do I secure accommodations in New York City?
We have compiled a list of hotels and hostels in close proximity to the UN and the WYA office. You may download the list here

Maps
Maps of the city are available online as well as in visitor centers around the city. Below you will find links to the various maps available online.

  New York City Bus Maps

  New York City Subway Map

  AirTrain JFK

  AirTrain Newark

  Regional Rail Connections