About Us

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. We train young people to work at regional and international levels to impact policy and culture. Through this lived experience of the dignity of the person, young people are able to affirm life at all levels of society. For more information, please view the World Youth Alliance’s charter. 

How can I contribute to WYA?

The best way to contribute to WYA is by signing the Charter and becoming a registered member. WYA has over one million members, in over one hundred countries around the world. WYA is committed in promoting the dignity of the person at the United Nations, the European Union and other international institutions.   

How can I donate money?

WYA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. WYA relies on the generosity of individuals and foundations to continue our work. To support our work, click here.

Is WYA a religious organization?

WYA is a non-religious organization. We have members from all different religious and non-religious backgrounds.

How is WYA making a difference?

WYA works to make a difference at both cultural and policy levels. WYA runs a number of cultural programs, which seek to showcase the dignity of the person in action. Our annual Manhattan International Film Festival, International Arts Forum and WYA Chamber Orchestra all provide opportunities for our members to experience and discuss the importance of art in building a culture that respects every human person. At the policy level, WYA works at the United Nations and other international institutions to impact the outcome documents of various commissions and international meetings. We advocate for language that promotes human dignity.

How can I help WYA make a difference?

That’s all up to you. Becoming a certified Track A-trained member is an important first step and allows you to participate with WYA in our advocacy work at the international institutions. Members can also attend organized training events, participate in summer camps, and even begin a WYA chapter in their city, school or workplace.

I have a great idea for a project!

We are always excited about new project ideas. WYA is a young organization and we are constantly looking for fresh and innovative ideas for projects. If you have ideas for projects, please email us.

What do interns do? 

As an intern you will work on a variety of different projects, depending on where you are located. In Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, you will have the opportunity to be involved in development work in addition to cultural activities. In North America or Europe, your work will be focused less on development and more on culture, training and advocacy. To apply for an internship, apply here. 

What are the benefits of doing an internship?

The internship is a great way to get involved with WYA. As an intern, you will develop a number of valuable skills such as research, diplomacy, negotiation, communication, public speaking, organizational and team building skills. 

The duties of an intern can include:

  • Attending United Nations and European Union conferences
  • Preparing and editing briefs
  • Orchestrating large projects at both cultural and policy levels
  • In-depth training on human philosophy, international relations, human rights and language on United Nations documents and treaties.
  • Assisting in fundraising and other events
  • Building important and professional networking contacts
  • Clerical and administrative duties
  • Developing communication and public speaking skills
  • Developing a high level of literacy and research skills 

WYA Internships provide great preparation for the professional and social world.  

How do I start a Campus Group?

The first step in starting a campus group is filling out an application form and sending the form to a WYA contact. 

What do Campus Groups do?

Campus Groups have varying levels of involvement. It’s all about the initiative the members of the college or school groups undertake.  

How do I become a staff member?

Applications for WYA employment are posted on the WYA website when positions are available. 

I noticed that my question wasn’t posted on the website, what do I do?

Contact us! Our telephone number is (212) 585-0757 or e-mail us at wya@wya.net.