ISF 2014: "The Family: Backbone of Development"
The 11th edition of the International Solidarity Forum (ISF), WYA’s annual training event for its active members, will take place in New York City from March 31 to April 4, 2014. It will bring together WYA members from around the world, expert speakers and diplomats.
The 2014 theme will be ‘The Family: Backbone of Development’.
Why "The Family"?
The UN has declared 2014 as the International Year of the Family. WYA joins the international celebrations in order to examine the relationship between healthy families and the development and flourishing of societies and nations.
Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that:
‘The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State’.
In order to advocate for the protection of the family in policy and culture, young people need to clearly understand the crucial role families play in economic development and human flourishing. As the fundamental unit of society, the family provides an invaluable contribution to society and nations through the nurturing and education of children, and as a school of solidarity.
Conference format and schedule
Expert speakers talks surrounding issues on the family
WYA Advocacy Training on current issues at the international policy level
Introduction to Fertility Education and Medical Management (FEMM)*
*A knowledge-based health program allowing women to maintain the highest standards of personal and reproductive health from puberty through menopause
Introduction to WYA’s Human Dignity Curriculum**
**A curriculum designed to help students develop a proper understanding of themselves, their great worth as persons and the responsibility they have to act in accordance with their dignity.
UN-style negotiations to draft a new WYA Declaration on the Family
Tour of the United Nations
WYA Chamber Orchestra concert
Film screening at the United Nations featuring winners of the 2014 Manhattan International Film Festival
View other declarations drafted at past ISFs here
W. Bradford Wilcox
W. Bradford Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and a senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. Previously, he has served as a fellow at Princeton University and Yale University. His work on marriage, child well-being, fatherhood, and cohabitation is regularly featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Slate, and other media outlets. Professor Wilcox blogs at www.family-studies.org. Follow at @WilcoxNMP
David Lapp is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for American Values, and co-investigator of the Love and Marriage in Middle America Project, a qualitative research inquiry into how working-class young adults form relationships and families. Along with his wife, Amber, he is writing a book, tentatively titled Love Like Crazy: Looking for Marriage in Middle America, which tells the stories of the young adults they interviewed. Lapp blogs at Family-Studies.org and IBelieveinLove.com, and his work has appeared in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Online, and First Things.
Sherif Girgis, born in Cairo, grew up in Delaware. He majored in philosophy at Princeton, where he won several academic prizes, including the 2007 Dante Prize for the nation’s best undergraduate essay on Dante. His senior thesis on sex ethics won the Princeton prizes for best thesis in ethics and best thesis in philosophy. Upon graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in 2008, he went on to earn a master’s degree in moral, political and legal philosophy at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is now a philosophy PhD student at Princeton and a law student at Yale Law School, where he is an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Sherif has written on social issues in academic and popular venues, including Public Discourse, National Review, Commonweal, the New York Times, the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Wall Street Journal. He is coauthor of the book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, on which he has spoken at more than 50 lectures, conferences, and debates.
Alana Newman began speaking publicly about her negative experiences with 3rd Party Reproduction when she was 23 years old. Being conceived from an anonymous sperm donor, and being a former egg donor herself, she discovered that shame and privacy concerns were major barriers to honest testimonies in the public debate on family and bioethics. So in 2011 she founded The Anonymous Us Project—the world's first story-collective for people affected by 3rd Party Reproduction, especially donor-conceived people.
1. The conference is open to WYA members who:
- Are actively involved with WYA’s programs and projects
- Have finished Track A Training
- Are recommended by one to the WYA regional offices to attend the ISF
To find out more about how to meet these requirements, get in touch with your regional office. Click here for a list of WYA’s regional offices and their contact details.
2. Applicants must be proficient in English. All talks and negotiations will be in English.
Click here to fill up the online application form.
- February 15, 2014 (if you need a US Visa)
- March 15, 2014 (if you don't need a US Visa)
You will receive an e-mail confirmation if you have been accepted as a participant for the ISF 2014.
Travel and lodging
Participants will be responsible for covering the traveling expenses to and from New York City and any other commuting expenses while in the city.
Participants are also responsible for arranging for their own accommodations. Click here for a list of accommodation suggestions in New York City.
We provide sponsorship letters for those interested in raising funds to attend the ISF.
Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the ISF.
Learn more: ISF Through the Years
Event details: April 15-18, 2013 | New York City, New York
Declaration negotiated by participants:| Declaration on Health and Sustainable Development
Blogpost: “ISF: A Participant’s Recap” by Anabelle Basterrechea
Blogpost: “Heated Discussion on Sustainable Development on the ISF”
Facebook photo album
Event details: April 16-19, 2012 | New York City, New York
Declaration negotiated by participants: Declaration on Sustainable Development
Blogpost: “ISF: Experience from Delegates” by Paula Bitange
Blogpost: “ISF: Experience from Delegates” by a member from Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook Photo Album
Event details: March 21 – 24, 2011 | New York City, New York
Declaration negotiated by participants: Declaration on Population and Economics