Thank You!


Because of your generous contribution, we were able to touch the lives of so many young people through our programs. Read their stories, learn about their projects, and know that all this is thanks to you and your support of our work. We hope you will continue to donate and support our work.

2014 Interns and Fellows

Juan Miguel San Luis
Manila, Philippines
Janine Tutanes
Manila, Philippines
Natalie Lam
María José García Manzano
Guadalajara, México
Fernando Vial
Santiago, Chile
Ana Laura Hernández Martínez
Mexico City, Mexico

2013 Interns

Edward Abland
Virginia Beach, VA
Diane Rosales
Makati, Philippines
Mary Imbong
Manila, Philippines
Zarina San Jose
Manila, Philippines
Weronika Janczuk
New York, NY



jm All the values I needed to learn, I learned from WYA–both from Asia Pacific and New York. It is a privilege to have been and still be a part of WYA. The experience is unforgettable and will surely be a great story to share in the future.- JM San Luis, Philippines

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janine Working to help organize the ISF pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me to be more detailed-oriented with my work. I learned to be a leader. Working on the ISF made me fully understand the mission and vision of WYA and all that the organization stands for.- Janine Tutanes, Philippines

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natalie It was a great learning experience to participate with like-minded young people and work together to achieve a future that we can all be proud of. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be here in New York City and for all I have learnt since coming to WYA. I’m grateful for being able to live and work with so many young people from around the world who share a similar vision of empowering youth through education and holistic learning.- Natalie Lam, Singapore

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majo This experience taught me that there is a hopeful window of opportunity to shape positive change at the United Nations. I am now determined to pursue a career as a human rights legal advisor, influencing public policy in my own country of Mexico.- María José García Manzano, Mexico

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fernando The whole experience of WYA has been incredible: WYA mixed learning, working and fun all the time. I’m still deciding whether to work in the private or the public sphere, but I am confident that no matter which road I take, I will always advocate for human dignity and solidarity.- From Fernando Vial, Chile

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analaura Here in New York I serve as a WYA Advocacy Fellow, which has given me an invaluable experience in the international field, especially in global policy. Thank you for your generosity. The chance to come to New York and see how WYA’s work is made possible, the chance to meet and work with the good people that surround WYA made me realize that there still is goodness in this world. Every day I wake up in the WYA house, I thank you in my heart because you make all of these incredible things happen.- Ana Laura Hernández Martínez, Mexico

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ed My WYA experience has benefitted me in two ways. First, spearheading a variety of cultural and educational events allowed me to develop versatility in administration, providing work experience under the reassuring guidance of former WYA interns. Secondly, exposure to the happenings at the UN and other civic institutions revealed to me a dimension of WYA’s invaluable presence, confirming the importance of sustaining its mission in advocacy work. Both grassroots and policy endeavors are vital to upholding a perspective of life so underappreciated in a world of objectification and materialism.- Edward Ablang, USA

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diane I’m glad to have met everyone during my internship. From my fellow interns, to the staff, to WYA’s founder, Anna, everyone was down-to-earth and passionate about what they did. The internship not only helped me hone my talents as a designer, but formed me into a better person, too.- Diane Rosales, Philippines

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mary WYA gave me one of the best summers I ever had. I distinctly remember the feeling of wanting to fly to WYA every morning. I loved the work that I did. Besides the enlightening Track A training lectures, I was thrilled by the many opportunities where I was able to share my skills with co-interns and with other WYA members and guests. We had a lot of projects that allowed us to practice management, creativity, and hospitality whenever we opened our events to the public.-Mary Imbong, Philippines

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zars The ability to share WYA’s principles and beliefs with other young people and help them understand is a very worthwhile experience. Coming from a different culture, it’s never easy to relate to the people here, but whenever I go out to attend conferences, events or even just small get-togethers, I am always amazed at the universal applicability of WYA’s principles.- Zarina San Jose, Philippines

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Since this letter was drafted, Zarina has assumed a full time staff position with WYA Asia Pacific as Regional Director of Operations. 


weronika I will graduate this December with a B.A. in The Philosophy of the Human Person−−a self-designed major concerned with personhood in a philosophical, social, and religious context−−and a minor in Religious Studies. The WYA internship program, especially the Track A training, was an outlet for the many ideas I’ve encountered in a very explicit, directed, and delightful way.  I look forward to taking everything I learned, about research, writing, marketing, directing, and planning; about a person-centric working environment; and about the ideas that animate WYA and its work with me as I hunt for a job in which I can apply all this varied experience.- Weronika Janczuk, USA

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Since this letter was drafted, Weronika has assumed a full time staff position with FEMM as Editorial Assistant.