Emerging Leaders Conference

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is designed for young people and offers discussions, lectures, and training on topics relevant to ongoing international policy debates. The Emerging Leaders Conference happens every year in the following regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America. Each WYA Region holds a local ELC.

Contact education@wya.net for more information or click the regional tabs to view the details of your regional ELC event.

Overarching Theme

The theme this 2017 is Migration & Development. Each region has developed a theme for their conference that addresses issues or concepts regarding the population and environment that is relevant to the region.

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The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual program activity that brings together young people from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The 2017 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is the eighth (8) to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa.

The 2017 conference will take place as the AELC Uganda at Uganda Christian University , Mukono Town, Uganda, on Wednesday October 4 to  Thursday, October 5 (12:00 noon ) 2017.

Online Registration Deadline: Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The conference will be conducted in English.

 


Theme

The theme for the 2017 ELC is Migration & Development: Role of Lawyers in Contemporary Society: Addressing the Migrant Question 

Africa’s youth make up more than 75% of Africa’s population. The youth are the future of Africa and we need to rise up and take charge of societies around us, taking active part in the life of society. We need to be empowered in education that directly develops the best in us, ethics, and skills in order to flourish and reach our full potential, and thereby guarantee free and just societies.

 


Schedule

October 4th, Wednesday – Morning: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm 

•  Registration

•  Opening by Uganda Christian University

•  Introduction to the World Youth Alliance and WYA Programs

•  3 presentations followed by a plenary & open session for questions and answers

Afternoon : 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

•  3 presentations followed by a closing session for students reflections and feedback on day 1

October 5th, Thursday – Morning: 8:00 am to 11:00 am

•  Registration

•  2 presentations followed by a plenary & open session for questions and answers

•  Closing session for students reflections and feedback on day 1 & 2

•  Conference Closure: UCU Law Society and WYA Africa

 


Topics for Discussion

•  Exploring Academia

•  Exploring Political engagement, Parliament Government

•  Exploring Private Practice

•  Exploring the Clergy

•  Exploring corporate engagement

•  Exploring military contrinution

•  Experiences from migrants across East Africa

•  Exploring the LDC in Uganda, KSL in Kenya

All the above shall be undertaken by experienced professionals who shall share on their journey as they enlighten participants on how they undertake their different roles.

 


Where do I get the Application Form?

Find the application form here.

How do I make payments?

The conference will be at no cost, however, there shall be WYA Africa merchandise on sale

What is the dress code for the conference?

The dress code will be either formal or business casual.

What important dates should I keep in mind?

Online Registration Deadline: Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Conference Dates: Wednesday, October 4th – Thursday, 5th October 2017

 


Inquiries

For any inquiries, reach us through africa@wya.net or directly call us through +254-202-508-626, +254 713 906 471. We look forward to meeting you and your friends soon in Nairobi.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Africa Emerging Leaders Conference?

The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (AELC) is an annual World Youth Alliance event that brings together youth from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues through lectures and discussions. In addition, a rich display of culture is enjoyed through the sessions at the conference.

Who is invited for the AELC?

Youth aged between 16 -30 years.

Why is it important and worthwhile?

This year’s theme will focus on the “Population and Environment : Sharing Youth Innovation and Best Practices”. It will enable youth to engage ideas that are of importance to young people on the continent of Africa to understand how we can contribute to a better Africa and in turn a better world in solidarity as the Africa Emerging Leaders.

What logistics will be provided?

All travel expenses and accommodation will be borne by the participants. WYA Africa will not finance accommodation. Only lunch and snacks will be provided for the one and a half days of the conference.

How will visas be processed for participants outside Uganda?

Uganda allows visa waivers for many countries. Please check with the Uganda Department of Immigration to confirm whether you require a visa or otherwise. Each participant will be required to have official travel documents (passports , national identity cards or other). Supporting documents from WYA Africa will be provided to enable an easy entry into Uganda through customs.

What is the cost of the Conference?

There is no cost to the conference but WYA Africa merchandise shall be available for sale.


AELC 2016 in Summary

The 2016 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) was the seventh (7th)to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa. The theme for the 2016 ELC was People and Environment : Sharing Youth Innovation and Best Practices, and it took place at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th November, 2016.

The conference was conducted in English and had sign-language interpretation.

 

 Photos from the 2016 AELC:

 


AELC 2015 Delegates Testimonials

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“ELC Africa was a tremendous experience that enabled me to meet and interact with youth and emerging leaders from all over Africa. This experience made me feel and see that the dream of the Africa we want will definitely come true by the collective and integrated efforts of those bright young Africans. As in this era of globalization, people start to develop a common culture and values. It is our responsibility the youth and the future leaders to shape these shared culture and values through interacting and communicating in a global and international manner such as in the ELC to be able to direct the future of this global humanity into a safe, sustainable and prosper life.”

 – Hiba Abuelgasim, Sudan

“The Africa ELC for me was a refreshing experience. It positively impacted me from the engagement with other young Africans, the open discussions and the learning sessions. Furthermore this period served to draw me close to WYA and her mandate as I gained a greater insight on the deeper need for dignity, solidarity and life; all these are intertwined with the mundane of what it is to be a person. I look forward to ELC 2016, viva WYA!”

– Patricia Ahawo Gwambo, Kenya

“The Africa ELC held at Strathmore University Nairobi, Kenya was a greatly thrilling and exciting experience for me. This was my first trip to another African country. The conference was a real eye-opener for me and for many of my new friends that I met at the conference. Note the inclusion of spiritual and family components, which is the hallmark and one of the back-bones of our African society and which has kept us strong thus far. I learnt concepts like the ‘inalienable dignity of the person’ and how it can be attained and violated, the need to respect our universe/environment, and life’s purpose. All our speakers and panelists were well versed in their fields and laid out their points clearly with a lot of humur, such that I left the conference feeling like a new “me”. Could I ask for a better conference? No. It was awesome.”

– Sarah Ogbewey, Nigeria

“I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to WYA Africa for giving me the opportunity to have participated in the 2015 ELC. The conference, as it was my first experience being out of my country Liberia, was an eye opener for me. I became a different person when I returned to my motherland. I no longer look at the continent Africa and the world in generally from the perspective of my Liberian cultural orientations. I now take into consideration the unique cultures of my fellow African counterparts from over ten countries on the continent. I have understood human dignity from an informed point of view. I have realized my potential as a young person and my role in my society which I think will help in shaping the future of my country, Africa and the world at large. I once again want to extol the WYAA for such a unique educative platform. Thanks!”

– Moses Yahmia, Liberia

“The 2015 Africa ELC was informative and full of thought provoking insights on issues pertaining to youth empowerment on the African continent. For me, the epitome was the interactions among emerging African leaders from diverse walks of life. The common element I saw was the generation of young people with passion, drive and desire to invest their talents and skills for the better Africa. The next generation of leaders who are willing to think, believe, dream and dare in all their endeavours. Thanks to the organisers, it was a worthwhile experience!”

– John Bangwe, Zambia

“At the 2015 Africa ELC, I found something more valuable than my initial expectations. The diverse group of young leaders from different countries and cultures was so integrative and promising. I was motivated, challenged and transformed through this educative initiative,  Human dignity is all what is needed to shape our Continent – Africa! Now I work on every strategy I heard at ELC – Africa and use every skills I gained at ELC to be a brightest future Leader of my continent Africa and impact others!! I’m very happy to be part of this unique experience and for the opportunity to meet outstanding people. Thanks to ELC. – Africa Organizers.”

– James Leonard Magumba, Tanzania

“First and foremost I would like to thank you all the WYA Team for the memorable event that you organized. 2015 ELC in African was one of its kind with best organizers ever hence fulfilling all my expectations.  ELC provided me with new skills on promoting the dignity of a person which matches with my education interest as well as my passion as someone who is passionate about human rights and child education. I managed to network with other emerging young leaders who have already made a difference in their respective communities and we committed to collaborate in different projects. Furthermore ELC has opened up doors for me whereby I was selected to participate in the Young African Leaders Initiative program at the regional level; a program that was initiated by Barrack Obama. All these come due to the skills and knowledge I got from our best and experienced speakers during the ELC 2015. It will always be an experience to remember!”

– Sylvia Kakyo, Uganda

 


Speakers

Dr. Luis G. Franceschi LLB, LLM, LLD, Dean of Strathmore Law School

He is the Dean of Strathmore Law School. He is French by descent, Venezuelan by birth and Kenyan by choice. He has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed books and articles on law and ethics. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Strathmore Business School since its foundation. He is member of several boards, Chairman of the Board of the Ethics Institute of East Africa, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Annual Ethics Conferences since 2004, and Chairman of A.L.L. Foundation.

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Sen. Godliver Omondi

Senator Godliver Nanjira Omondi is a nominated senator representing people with disabilities in the Kenya Senate. Previously, she served as the elected national chairperson for the United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK), an umbrella organization for all disabled people organizations (DPOs) in the country. She held that position for two terms up to early 2015, when she stood down due to UDPK’s constitution setting two-term limit. She is currently the patron of UDPK. She is a member of the following Senate and Joint (comprising of members from both the Senate and the National Assembly) committees:

– Delegated Legislation Committee (Sessional)
– Health Committee
– Library and Broadcasting Services Committee (Joint)
– Equal Opportunities & National Cohesion Committee (Joint).

She is also a founding member of the Kenya Disabled Parliamentarians (KEDIPA) a caucus bringing together elected and nominated political leaders from the Parliament and county assemblies and also a founder member of Kenya Women Parliamentarians (KEWOPA), which brings together elected and nominated women parliamentarians from both the senate and the national assembly.

 

Mariam Auma Okuku

Mariam Auma Okuku is a Kenyan native, married with four children, currently pursuing a PHD in Finance university of Nairobi, She did MBA, University of Nairobi, Finance option. She did Statistics at Moi University. She has also done other professional courses among others, credit management, part of CPA and certificate of proficiency in Insurance.

She enjoys motivating the youths on goal setting, personal financial planning and helping them to exploit their full potential as entrepreneurs and inventors. She is passionate about making a difference in the society by sharing with the needy spiritually, economically and socially.

She is currently the Finance Director of Flaxem systems enterprises, Unit Manager at ICEALION group. Former board member of Kenya Girl Guide association as a honorary Treasurer in charge of Finance. She was a trustee of Delmonte pension scheme where she developed vast experience in dealing with orphaned families hence children. What gets Mariam excited is when she touches a needy child, for through that she changes her small world. Her best quote is ‘Plant very many trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit under’.

 

Biwott Tirop

Biwott Tirop is an alumni of University of Nairobi having undertaken and completed a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning there in 2011 and currently pursuing a MSC in Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

He is an entrepreneur at heart and has since October 2016 taken over as the CEO of Lions of Good Times Ltd, a Real Estate Company where he is responsible for setting strategic goals, objectives, budgets, policies, and procedures to enhance company market share, profitability and return on investment. In addition, he sets the departments’ high-level goals and objectives, then plans and works with them on attaining such goals by closely monitoring their operations.

He also is engaged actively as a Group Project Officer with FEP Holdings Ltd, undertaking major projects in construction that include: a 4-Star Hotel in Sagana (Ksh. 1.6 billion), Infrastructure development for Kisima Park Lukenya (Mixed use development) – 200 million and construction of a 4-star hotel – Narok (1.2 billion at Design stage).

He has also worked as the Project Manager at Kisima Real Estate Ltd and on international projects with Planner Geo Info Africa Ltd, with a core project in Rwanda in Runda, Kamonyi and Ruhango that were flagged off by the Mayor.

As part of Community development he has been actively involved in the preparation of strategic development plan for Kiharu constituency (2010-2030). The plan was launched on 19th of April 2012.

 

 

Terry Wafula Rimita

Terry is a recognized authority and results orientated Senior Management and Leadership Professional with over sixteen years of professional experience in the ICT Industry. She has held various leadership and management positions within leading organizations in the ICT sector. Her areas of expertise are Strategy & Innovation, Business Development, Customer Experience & Customer Management, Service Delivery and Optimization, Project Management among others.

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Celestine Lidede Ukpere

Celestine is the business development lead for Rekindle Learning. She recently concluded as country head consulting for Livity Africa on the pilot of the Google led initiative of imparting digital literacy skills http://www.forbes.com/sites/tobyshapshak/2016/04/13/googles-1m-digify-training-plan-to-build-digital-skills-in-africa/#52170f8d11b6. The Livity project was a great success with Livity delivering 70,000+ trainees across the continent, with Celestine as the Kenya project head training 17,000+ people in Kenya with a team of 3 people on ground.

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Fees & Payments

The three day conference will cost 4,500 KSHS (or 45 USD) for conference fees, the participant booklet, food, snacks and performances for the three-day conference. Payments will be made upon WYA’s confirmation to attend the conference. Applicants are required to make payments on or before Monday 7th November 2016.

BY SAFARICOM’S MPESA

Through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by 3rd November 2016. MPESA Business Number is 559066, with account number as ELC.

By CHEQUE

To World Youth Alliance Africa, delivered on or before 7th November 2016.

BY WIRE TRANSFER

Please include the following information when making a wire transfer

Details of Payment: Emerging Leaders Conference 2016

Bank Name: Chase Bank (Kenya) Limited

Swift Code: CKENKENAXXX

Account Name: World Youth Alliance Africa

Account Number: 0011005361001

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The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is a major annual program of World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) for young individuals to learn about the salient issues of today and to how to become effective youth leaders who can defend the dignity of every human person.

Through a variety of talks, workshops, and interactive activities, participants will have the opportunity to learn from engaging speakers and to build networks and friendships with youth from the Asia Pacific region. This cultural exchange strengthens region-wide solidarity among Asia Pacific youth, laying the groundwork for long-term partnerships.

 

Date: November 9 to 11, 2017 (Thursday to Saturday)
Venue: Hive Hotel and Convention Center, Quezon City, Philippines

A Global Family:
Enriching Cultures through Migration & Development

On its sixth year, the WYAAP Emerging Leaders Conference will focus on the topic of Migration and Development.

The human person is the world’s greatest source of solutions for authentic development. Our limitless potential for innovation allows us to provide person-cantered sustainable responses to some of the world’s toughest problems. Hand-in-hand with the international community, we, the youth, have the capacity to work towards sustainable growth for ourselves and for our families. As resourceful, hopeful, and resilient individuals, we are capable of building environments where various instances of migration and exposure to multicultural environments can bear fruit opportunities for holistic growth and sustainable development for ourselves and for others.

But how can we harness migration as a sustainable model towards growth? How can we ensure productive, safe, and meaningful opportunities for our youth who have left their homes to seek better lives? What is the role of the youth in ensuring a person-cantered approach towards development?

 

Tentative Program Overview

DAY 1: November 9, 2017

(10:00 AM to 4:00 PM)

The Human Person and Sustainable Development

Youth and Migration

Introduction to World Youth Alliance

Essay Presentation

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DAY 2: November 9, 2017

(10:00 AM to 4:00 PM / 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Solidarity Night))

Migration Stories
Forced Migration, Education, Employment

Workshops
Campaign Development, Community Development, Art for Social Impact

Essay Presentation

Solidarity Night

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DAY 3: November 11, 2017

(10:00 AM to 4:00 PM)

Workshop Presentations

Person-centered Responses to Youth & Migration Issues

Essay Presentation

Final Remarks

 

Final program contents will be shared to accepted delegates on November 2017.

WYAAP Essay Writing Competition 2017

About the competition
The WYAAP ELC Essay Competition is a platform for young Asia Pacific leaders to creatively present their ideas, insights, and stories in the form of a personal essay in the hopes of raising awareness about the theme, starting conversations about the human experience, and empowering the youth of today.

 

Eligibility
The 2017 WYAAP ELC Essay Competition is open to interested and eligible ELC delegates/applicants. Essay Competition applicants must be available to attend the ELC, must currently reside in the Asia Pacific region, and be within 15 to 30 years old.

 

Entry & submission
Each applicant may only send one (1) entry. The entry must be the applicant’s own written piece, and must be written within three (3) months prior to the submission deadline. The entry must not have been entered in any other competition or published in any online or print publication prior to this Essay Competition.

 

Word count: The essay must be in English, and must not exceed 600 words. Having co-authors is not allowed.

 

Deadline
Essays must be properly submitted through the 2017 WYAAP ELC Application Form on or before September 3, 2017 (11:50 PM, GMT +8). Incomplete and late application forms will not be considered.

 

Criteria

• 50% content & overall impact

• 30% relevance to the WYA mission

• 20% composition & grammar

 

Winners
20 semi-finalists will be recognized. All 20 semifinalists will only need to settle a discounted conference fee of PHP 4,200 (USD 95). From the top 20, three (3) final winners will be awarded the privilege to read their essays to the ELC delegation as part of the official conference program. Winners will be announced on September 20, 2017 (Wednesday).

 

Note

Essay Competition applicants who will not be chosen to be in the Top 20 but still wish to attend the conference will settle the regular conference fee of PHP 4,500 (USD 105), once their application has been accepted.

 

Download a copy of the Essay Competition guidelines here.

 

How to Apply

1. Download the application form here.

2. Properly fill out the form and save it in PDF format with the file name: “6thWYAAPELC_LAST NAME”

3. Submit your completed application form either online (this is preferred) or through the WYAAP office:

Online: email your form to wyaap.conference@gmail.com (Subject line: APPLICATION_LAST NAME) 

• In person/Courier: place your form in a properly-labelled brown envelope (Label: 6thWYAAPELC_LAST NAME) and send it to the WYAAP Office at Unit 303 Xanland Place, 323 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108.

4. Wait for our email regarding your application. We will release results on September 20, 2017.

5. Once you’ve been accepted, settle your conference fee on or before October 13, 2017 to confirm your slot.

 

Fees and Deadlines

 

For Essay Competition applicants 

Deadline: September 3, Sunday

Fee: Php4,200.00 / USD 95.00

Payment Deadline: October 13, Friday

For conference applicants only (regular/on time application)

Deadline: September 10, Sunday

Fee: Php4,500.00 / USD 105.00

Payment Deadline: October 13, Friday

For conference applicants only (late application)

Deadline: September 15, Friday

Fee: Php4,900.00 / USD 115.00

Payment Deadline: October 13, Friday

 

*Applications must be submitted by 11:50 PM, GMT +8, on the dates given above.

** Educators/Adult Supervisors will be paying the same fee as their students.

 

Fee Inclusions

•  Meals and Snacks throughout the conference

– Lunch from November 9 – 11

– Afternoon Snacks from November 9 – 10

– Dinner on November 10

•  Conference kit: includes 1 WYA shirt, writing materials, and other sponsored items

All accommodations and travel before, during and after the conference will be care of the delegates.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What happens at the ELC?

The WYAAP Emerging Leaders Conference is an atypical youth conference aimed at educating participants about the central theme, and at building friendships among youth from all over the Asia Pacific region.

 

 2. What makes it different from other youth conferences today?

The World Youth Alliance (WYA) is an international youth organization known for its talented, hardworking, inspiring, and passionate people who have a big heart for making a concrete impact in their communities—all while having fun. Hence, the ELC is WYA’s biggest event where a carefully selected group of youth leaders from different parts of Asia and the Pacific gather to learn, build friendships, and have fun. Underneath this process of learning is the experience of being immersed in a culture of positivity. Participants can expect to leave the conference with new insights, new friendships, and a strange yearning to dance.

 

 3. Is this opportunity for me?

In WYA, we believe that every person has dignity regardless of beliefs, backgrounds, or circumstance. We are committed to promoting this idea to other people and learning more about the human experience in order for us to understand and respect one another better. If this is a mission you wish to adopt and share with others, then yes, this opportunity is definitely for you.

 

4. Who can join the conference?

The WYAAP ELC is open to youth from the Asia Pacific region, aged 15 to 30 years old. Applicants residing in countries outside the Philippines must be at least 18 years old to participate in this conference. Local (Philippines) delegates under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult supervisor or chaperone (supervisors and chaperones will also settle the conference fee).

Previous ELC participants may also apply.

 

 5. How can I join the conference?

  • Download the application form here.
  • Properly fill out the form and save it in PDF format with the file name: “6thWYAAPELC_LAST NAME”
  • Submit your completed application form either online (this is preferred) or through the WYAAP office:

Online: email your form to wyaap.conference@gmail.com (Subject line: APPLICATION_LAST NAME)

In person/Courier: place your form in a properly-labelled brown envelope (Label: 6thWYAAPELC_LAST NAME) and send it to the WYAAP Office at Unit 303 Xanland Place, 323 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108 

 

6.When is the deadline for submitting application forms?

If you wish to join the ELC Essay Writing Competition, the deadline for submitting your application form and essay will be on September 3, 2017 (Sunday), 11:50PM (GMT +8).

If you will NOT be joining the Essay Writing Competition, you must submit your application form on or before September 10, 2017 (Sunday), 11:50PM (GMT +8).

Late applications will be charged a higher conference fee, and will only be accepted until September 15, 2017 (Friday), 11:50PM (GMT +8).

 

7. How much is the conference fee?

Essay Competition Applicant (Top 20 only)

Deadline: September 3, 2017 (Sunday) 11:50 PM (GMT +8)

**Fee: PHP 4,200.00 / USD 95.00

Payment Deadline: October 13, Friday

 

Regular Applicant

Deadline: September 10, 2017 (Sunday) 11:50 PM (GMT +8)

**Fee: PHP 4,500.00 / USD 105.00

Payment Deadline: October 13, Friday

 

Late Applicant

Deadline: September 15, 2017 (Friday) 11:50 PM (GMT +8)

**Fee: PHP 4,900.00 / USD 115.00

Payment Deadline: October 13, Friday

** Educators/Adult Supervisors will be paying the same fee as their students.

 

8.When is the deadline for payments?

All accepted applicants must settle their conference fee on or before October 13, 2017 (Friday) to confirm their slot to the conference. All payments sent after this date will not be accepted, and slots will be given to other shortlisted applicants.

 

9. Does WYAAP provide scholarships for this conference?

As of now, WYAAP does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants.

 

10. Can WYAAP provide a sponsorship letter request for my school to sponsor my fee?

Yes! Once you’ve been accepted to the ELC, simply request for a sponsorship letter from WYAAP by emailing us at wyaap.conference@gmail.com. Remember to send us the following information:

  1. School/University name
  2. School/University address
  3. Full name of your teacher/faculty/school admin member
  4. His/her position/job title
  5. His/her e-mail address

IMPORTANT NOTE: Funding requests usually take days or weeks (depending on your school) so we highly advise that you request for this as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from us.

 

11. What is included in the conference fee?

  • Meals and Snacks throughout the conference
    • Lunch from November 9 – 11
    • Afternoon Snacks from November 9 – 10
    • Dinner on November 10
  • Conference Kit (shirt included) and other materials

NOTE: All accommodations and travel expenses before, during, and after the conference will be care of the delegates.

 

12. Is the conference fee refundable?

Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Payments made are final and official. This confirms your slot at the conference.

 

13. Do I need to get a visa to enter the Philippines?

The Philippines offers a 30-day visa-free stay to several nationalities. Visit this link to view the complete list, and to view more information regarding the Philippine Visa.

 

14. Will airport transfers be provided?

All airport transfers will be shouldered by the participant. If you wish to make other travel plans before (and/or after the conference), feel free to do so at your own expense. Just remember that everyone is expected to register and arrive on time on the first day of the ELC.

 

15. Is there a hotel near the conference venue where I can stay?

The ELC will be held at the Hive Hotel and Convention Place, where rooms are available for lodging. Delegates may avail of the hotel’s special WYAAP ELC discount (only available for ELC delegates). You must simply book on or before October 18, 2017 (Wednesday). Contact the hotel representative, Ms. Crystal Caritativo, via telephone at (+63 2) 951 4443/806 1004 or e-mail cc.hivehotel@gmail.com, to book your stay. You will be asked to show your ELC acceptance letter as proof of your ELC participation. You may also try other hotels near the area.

 

16. Will Halal food be served?

The venue does not serve Halal dishes, but we may accommodate special dietary requests (fish, vegetables, etc.). Kindly inform us through your application form or via e-mail.

 

17. What is the dress code for the conference?

Delegates are expected to arrive in decent, business casual attire to maintain the professional atmosphere of the conference, and to respect the cultural beliefs of other delegates and guests you will encounter. Casual wear such as jeans, slippers, sneakers, tank tops, shorts, and other revealing articles of clothing must not be worn during the conference.

Gentlemen may wear slacks, long-sleeved or short-sleeved polo shirts (coat and ties, optional), and dress shoes. Ladies may wear decent dresses/skirts, slacks, non-revealing blouses or tops, blazers, and shoes.

 

18. What do I need to bring?

As delegates you will be spending most of your time either listening to interesting talks or participating in group activities. It’s best to bring with you writing materials like a notebook and pen if you wish (in case the materials in your conference kit will not be enough for your notes). You’re also welcome to bring local/ethnic items (small tokens such as bracelets, key chains, or personalized notes!) that you might want to give to your new friends from other cultures on the last day of the conference.

We will also be selling WYAAP merchandise at the ELC so you may want to carry some pocket money with you as well.

 

19. What time will the program start? End?

Delegates are expected to arrive at 9:00 AM for registration since the program will start on time. We highly encourage early birds so you can meet new people and spend time with your WYA family. You may download the program here to view the exact end time for each day.

 

20. Could I just attend one or two days of the ELC?

You are allowed to do this; however, we prioritize applicants who can commit to attend all 3 days of the ELC. The program was carefully prepared to give you a memorable 3-day journey so we expect all our delegates to complete the ELC experience. Delegates who do not plan or fail to attend all -3- days of the conference must still settle the full conference fee.

 

21. Since the conference will fall on a school day, can WYA provide excuse letters?

Yes! Just request for one by emailing us at wyaap.conference@gmail.com and send us the following information:

  1. School/University name
  2. School/University address
  3. Full name of your teacher/faculty/school admin member
  4. His/her position/job title
  5. His/her e-mail address

 

22. Can my company/organization sponsor or become a partner to this event?

We will gladly review your proposals. Kindly send them to wyaap.conference@gmail.com.

 

23. What is the official hashtag of the ELC?

Follow the event online by searching #WYAAPELC2017. You may also join us in sharing bits of content and snippets of the fun you’ll be having by using #WYAAPELC2017 and #WeAreWYA in your social media and blog posts. Follow us on Facebook by searching World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific, and on Instagram and Twitter by searching @wyaasiapacific.

 

For more conference inquiries:

E-mail us at wyaap.conference@gmail.com, or visit the WYAAP office at 303 Xanland Place 323 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights Quezon City. Office hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays, except on Philippine holidays). You may also reach us via landline by calling +632 921 5162.

 

You may also download a copy of the FAQs here.

 

Download the Application Form here.

Download a copy of the FAQs here.

Download the Essay Competition guidelines here.

For a list of countries that do not require a Philippine visa, click here.

View photos of last year’s ELC here.

 

For more conference inquiries:

E-mail us at wyaap.conference@gmail.com, or visit the WYAAP office at 303 Xanland Place 323 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights Quezon City. Office hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays, except on Philippine holidays). You may also reach us via landline by calling +632 921 5162.

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About the Emerging Leaders Conference

Following the immensely successful 5th Emerging Leaders Conference held in Brussels last year, WYA Europe is delighted to announce its 6th edition. This year’s conference theme is ‘MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT: Human Dignity in the Refugee Crisis’ and it will take place in Brussels from the 26th to the 29th of November, 2017. While putting the focus on innovative solutions and ideas that respond to the refugee crisis or displacements within Europe, the conference aims to provide Europe youth with accurate information on the status of the migrant movement, identify and examine emerging challenges and promote person-centered policies as well as solidarity among young people.

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by World Youth Alliance Europe, which seeks to bring together young leaders, active members and youth advocates from across Europe to interact with policy makers, experts and leaders on current global issues. It also provides young individuals with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference in their own communities. Known for its intimate forum for dialogue, as well as intellectual formation via lectures and discussions, the ELC fosters a meaningful network of friendships based on a shared vision of the human person.

“The World Youth Alliance affirms that suffering and injustice expose the universal human condition of vulnerability and reveal a common identity among all persons. This in turn lays the foundation for lasting solidarity. We, as young people, commit ourselves to all those who live in need, experience the vulnerability and hardships of war, violence, social unrest, and force. Conditions should be fostered that meet the needs of those who have left their homes due to force and violence with person-centered approaches and solutions that recognize and protect the dignity of all migrants. These approaches and solutions should be grounded in longitudinal, peer-reviewed research.” – WYA Declaration on Migration and Development 

 

Program

Sunday, November 26, 2017

WYA Europe HQ | Brussels

13h00 – 14h00 Arrivals of the participants
15h00 – 17h00 Workshop at le Petit Chateau
20h00 – 22h00 Welcoming European Cocktail

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Monday, November 27, 2017

WYA Europe HQ | European Parliament | Brussels

10h00 – 12h30 Presentation of good practices by participants
15h00 – 17h00 Panel on ‘Migration and Development’

Branislav Skripek – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Felix Fernandez Shaw – Expert on Africa on Federica Mogherini Cabinets

Carmen González Enriquez – Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute

Hrvoje Vargic– Director, World Youth Alliance Europe

Moderator: Antoine Mellado – Director of Advocacy, World Youth Alliance Europe

17h30 – 19h00 Negotiations of the WYA Declaration on Migration and Development
19h00 Optional Visit to the Brussels city center (discovering Belgium specialties)

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

WYA Europe HQ | European Parliament

10h00 – 12h00 Discussion on the Declaration based on the document previously negotiated
14h00 – 16h00 Panel on ‘Human Dignity in the refugee crisis’

Marijana Petir – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Women Rights

Arne Gericke – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Surindar Dhesi – Lecturer in Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, University of Birmingham

Roberta Medda-Windischer – Bozen Institute for Minority Rights, Eurac Research

Aline Celis – Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers

Moderator: Hrvoje Vargic – Director of World Youth Alliance Europe

16h00 – 17h00 Certification ceremony and Proclamation of the Declaration on Migration and Development
18h00 – 20h00 Closing cocktail

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WYA Europe HQ

10h00 – 11h00 WYA Chapter Development
11h00 – 12h15 Training on WYA White Paper ‘Sustainable Development’
12h30 Closing Brunch and final evaluation

Please note that the program might change.

Participation fee: 50 € for the whole duration of the conference

This includes the admission to all the sessions of the ELC, which range from the conferences held in the European Parliament, lectures and panel discussions by expert speakers, negotiations of the declaration to be presented in the European Parliament, trainings, evening cocktail to much more. The Certificate of Participation, Conference Kit, other materials and brochures, snacks throughout conference, refreshments during the conference breaks are also included.

Upon acceptance to the conference, payment instructions will be issued. All payment details will be sent to you in the confirmation e-mail. Participants may apply for a discount on the participation fee. The approval will be granted on an individual case basis, and is dependent on the applicant’s authentic need.

All accommodations and travel before, during and after the conference will be care of the delegates. As of now, WYAE does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants to cover their accommodations and travel expenses.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at europe@wya.net.

Application process

The application process for attending the ELC 2017 is open now. The application deadline expires on Friday, the 20th of October, 2017. To apply, you must:

• Be from 18 to 30 years old

• Be residing in an European country

• Have a good level of English

• Submit an Online Application Form

• Be a member of World Youth Alliance

If you are not yet a WYA member, please sign the Charter in order to become a member (prerequisite for participating in the ELC).

Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us at europe@wya.net.

Online Application Form

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About the Emerging Leaders Conference 2016

The 5th WYAE ELC has concluded! 

The event brought together young people from across Europe to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT: Building a Sustainable World’ and took place in Brussels from the 27th to the 30th November, 2016. 

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by WYA, which seeks to bring together critical thinkers to examine issues in the area of health and education with particular regard to family, women and children. It also provides young leaders with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference back in their country.

We would like to thank our delegates, volunteers, and partners who made this event a success!

You can find the Declaration negotiated by the participants and representing their voice here.

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¡La 5a LAELC ha concluido! Nos gustaría agradecer a nuestros delegados y voluntarios que hicieron de este evento un éxito.

Read about the 2015 ELC

OverviewAgendaApplicationPrevious ELC

Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) 2016

Reshaping the Concept of Citizenship in our Global Family

December 3rd, 2016

The Middle East regional office of WYA holds an annual Emerging Leaders Conference aimed at educating young leaders on the annual theme of the United Nations, and working with them to examine how these ideas can be translated and adapted to the local context. WYA’s annual theme for this year is “Population and Environment: Key to Development”.

We are planning to hold the conference on December 3rd with the suggested title: “Reshaping the Concept of Citizenship in our Global Family”. The conference is intended to target an estimated 50 young leaders. Given the relevance of the proposed theme, and in line with our efforts to expand the opportunities for student in civic engagement, WYA is interested in joining hands with Foundations and Civil Society to organize this year’s conference targeting students, WYA regional members, and other interested youth.

Workshop Topics

The concept of good citizenship is perceived as a dilemma in our region. A region went through constant instability on all levels, whether economic, social, political, cultural or environmental. As citizens, we’ve been subjects to manipulation and victims of corrupt systems. This conference will explore the role which young citizens play facing these threats and a call for solidarity in a global family.

The regional conference will cover three main themes:

  • Citizenship and Environment
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Citizenship and Sustainable Development

Tentative Agenda

9:00-9:30 Registration and Introductory Session
9:30-11:00 Citizenship and Environment
Best Practices and Innovative Tools
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-13:00 Social Entrepreneurship
For Profit with a Social Mission
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Citizenship and Sustainable Development
Human Person at the Center of Development
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 The Global Family and the UN Language
Exclusive Session for UNDEF Participants

Application Deadline for residents of Lebanon: November 21, 2016

Application Deadline for non-residents of Lebanon: November 25, 2016

Apply here!

The 2nd WYAME ELC has concluded! We’d like to thank our delegates, volunteers, and partners who made this event a success!

Watch out for our 3rd ELC in 2016!

Read about the 2015 ELC

OverviewOct. 27: BenedictineNov. 3: Univ. of MaryNov. 17: UPEIFeb. 9: NortheastFeb. 16: HillsdaleMarch 23: Franciscan Univ.Orange CountyUniv. of Toronto/GTAQuebecFAQs

The NA Emerging Leaders Conferences (ELCs) are an annual series of events hosted by WYANA, which seek to bring together critical thinkers from across North America to examine key issues. The conferences also provides young leaders with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference in their own communities.

The theme for the 2017 ELC is Leadership & the Modern Identity Crisis, with a focus on Migration & Development.

Fall Conferences:

  • Oct. 27-29, 2017 | Benedictine College, Atchison, KS, USA
  • Nov. 3-4, 2017 | University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, USA
  • Nov. 17-18, 2017 | University of Prince Edward Island, PEI, Canada

Spring Conferences:

  • Feb. 9-10, 2018 | Northeast Catholic College, Warner, NH, USA
  • Feb. 16-17, 2018 | Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, USA
  • March 23-24, 2018 | Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH, USA

Oct. 27-28, 2017 | Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas

Registration

Register for the BC ELC here.

Fees:

  • Benedictine College students/faculty: $5
  • Non-BC participants: $15

Schedule

October 27, Friday

7:00 – 7:30 Registration, WYA/FEMM Introduction
7:30 – 8:30 The Human Person: An Anthropology

Andrew Salzmann, PhD (BC)

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October 28, Saturday

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 11:00 The Person & Ideology: The Modern Identity Crisis

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 2017 Case Study: Migration & Development [Human/Sex Trafficking] 

Sharon Sullivan, PhD (Washburn)

12:45 – 2:00 Lunch break
2:00 – 3:30 Person-Centered Proposals: HDC, FEMM & STF

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

Jonathan Scrafford, MD, Ob/Gyn (FEMM)

Tess Lane, Director of Talent & Recruitment (Brilla Charter Network, Seton Teaching Fellows)

3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 5:00 WYA: Chapters, Committees & Lifelong Mission

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

Julia Kenney, Regional Director of Operations (WYANA)

Lodging

1. BC Campus Host Student (no charge) // studentlife@benedictine.edu

2. Holiday Inn – 401 Main St, Atchison, KS 66002

3. Super 8 Motel – 509 S 9th St, Atchison, KS 66002

4. AmericInn – 500 US Hwy 73 S, Atchison, KS 66002

Partners

The World Youth Alliance North America is pleased to partner with Benedictine College alongside Seton Education PartnersSeton Teaching Fellows, and Brilla Charter Schools.

Nov. 3-4, 2017 | University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota

Registration

Register for the Univ. of Mary ELC here.

Schedule

November 3, Friday

7:00 – 7:30 Registration, WYA/FEMM Introduction
7:30 – 8:30 The Human Person: An Anthropology

TBA

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November 4, Saturday

9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 11:00 The Person & Ideology: The Modern Identity Crisis

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 2017 Case Study: Migration & Development

TBA

12:45 – 2:00 Lunch break
2:00 – 3:30 Person-Centered Proposals: HDC, FEMM & STF

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

Tess Lane, Director of Talent & Recruitment (Brilla Charter Network, Seton Teaching Fellows)

3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 5:00 WYA: Chapters, Committees & Lifelong Mission

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

Lodging

Details TBA.

Partners

The World Youth Alliance North America is pleased to partner with the University of Mary alongside Seton Education PartnersSeton Teaching Fellows, and Brilla Charter Schools.

Nov. 17-18, 2017 | University of Prince Edward Island, PEI, Canada

Registration

Register for the UPEI ELC here.

Schedule

November 17, Friday

7:00 – 7:30 Registration, WYA/FEMM Introduction
7:30 – 8:30 The Human Person: An Anthropology

Taylor Walsh, Alumna (UPEI) & Intern (WYANA)

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

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November 18, Saturday

9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 11:00 The Person & Ideology: The Modern Identity Crisis

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 1:00 Person-Centered Proposals: HDC & FEMM

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

Julia Kenney, Regional Director of Operations (WYANA)

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch break
2:00 – 3:30  

Case Study: The Neuroscience of Pornography

Donald Hilton, MD

3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 5:00 WYA: Chapters, Committees & Lifelong Mission

Weronika Janczuk, Regional Director (WYANA)

Julia Kenney, Regional Director of Operations (WYANA)

Lodging

Details TBA.

Feb. 9-10, 2018 | Northeast Catholic College, Warner, New Hampshire

Details forthcoming!

Feb. 16-17, 2018 | Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan

Details forthcoming!

March 23-24, 2018 | Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio

Details forthcoming!

TBA | Orange County, California

Details forthcoming!

TBA | University of Toronto/Greater Toronto Area, Canada

Details forthcoming!

TBA | Quebec, Montreal, Canada

Details forthcoming!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is invited for the NA ELC?

Young people ages 16-30, along with the community at large.

Inquiries

Please email northamerica@wya.net with any questions you may have.