In accordance with Article IV and V of the WAY Charter, membership of WAY is granted as follows:
Full members of WAY are national youth councils which are representing a cross section of democratic, voluntary youth organisations in a country or territory, and which have ratified the Charter and are admitted by the Assembly by a vote of the majority of its members.
The Assembly has the power to admit national youth councils or national youth organisations, which are interested in regular co-operation with WAY, as associated members, provided that a member national youth councils of WAY does not already exist in the country in question.
Regional youth organisations with national youth councils as members may be provided consultative status. They shall be permanent invitees to the meetings of the Bereau and the Executive Committee without the right to vote.
The Executive Committee may admit international organisations, national youth councils and national youth organisations as observers, provided that a member national youth council does not exist in the country in question.