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A Message of Gratitude on our Fifteenth Anniversary 

Fifteen years have passed since the World Youth Alliance was founded on March 25th, 1999. What began as an idea now has a global structure: six offices, memberships in over 165 countries, 26 full time staff members, and two affiliated projects to implement the founding vision. 

Four hundred alumni have completed our global internship programs and have moved on to career positions in government, law, medicine, education, finance, the arts, and other sectors. This year the first children of our alumni turn 10 years old, and join WYA as new members.

We are particularly grateful for those who helped us begin this work, and cannot be with us in person to celebrate this year. They contributed greatly to WYA and remain ever in our hearts. In particular, we remember the late Bl. Pope John Paul II, Mrs. Mary Rutter Smith, Mrs. Kathryn Hoomkwap, Dr. Karl Ballestrem, Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, and Mr. Peter Flanigan.

WYA exists, ultimately, to serve the young people who continue to give us their time, talent, and creativity. To each one of you, past and present: thank you. What an honor it is to work with and for you each day.

As we look to the future, we thank those who have helped us to get where we are today, and take this anniversary weekend as an opportunity to celebrate all the joys and blessings of these past 15 years. We hope you will join us! 

WYA's 15th Birthday Celebrations

We celebrated our fifteenth year with a full weekend of celebrations from March 28th to 30th, starting with the WYA Ball on Friay night, a briefing about WYA's latest programs on Saturday, and a brunch for alumni and friends on Sunday. To read more about what happened that weekend, click here.

During these celebrations, WYA also launched a new award called the Kathryn Hoomkwap Award for Extraordinary Service in Defense of the Dignity of the Human Person. The award is named after Kathryn Hoomkwap, who served on the board of the World Youth Alliance from 2005-2008 and is honored for her fearlessness and conviction as a Nigerian political leader. The award was presented to Aliah Dimaporo Cimafranca for her firm conviction and courageous defense of human dignity during her term as Second District Representative of the Province of Lanao del Norte in the Philippine House of Representatives. Aliah served as the International Director of Operations for WYA from 2008 to 2010. To learn more about the award, click here.

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