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 year is Health and Education: Keys to Development and will highlight the right kind of health and education policies that work. Each region has developed a theme for their conference that addresses issues or concepts regarding the family that is relevant to the region.

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The 2015 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is the sixth to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa. This conference brings together young people from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues.

Theme: Empowering Youth to Shape Africa’s Future
Venue: Strathmore University Auditorium, Nairobi, Kenya
Dates: Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th November 2015.

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.

The schedule, application process and further details will be updated soon. We look forward to meeting you soon in Nairobi.

For any inquiries, reach us through africa@wya.net.

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About the Emerging Leaders Conference 2015

This conference is the 4th annual event of World Youth Alliance Europe that brings together young people from across Europe to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues.

The theme for this year’s conference is Health and Education: Keys to Development and will take place in Brussels from the 28th June to the 1st July, 2015. 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.

Schedule

The Emerging Leaders Conference 2015 is a four-day event that features a wide range of events, including a run for dignity project, lectures, panel discussions, trainings, cultural events, a cocktail reception and much more.

The detailed program of the ELC 2015 will be available soon!

Application Process

The application process for attending the ELC 2015 is now available!

To apply you must:

  • Be from 18-30 years old
  • Be residing in an European country
  • Have a good level of English
  • 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).

You will be charged a fee of 50 euro, which includes a welcome pack, free participation to the Run for Dignity race, conference expenses, lunches and a cocktail reception. Any other expenses incurred will be your responsibility.

In order to apply fill in the application form here.

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

WYA Europe Emerging Leaders Conference 2014

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The Emerging Leaders Conference each year brings WYA members from the four corners of Europe together for world class speakers, regional training, and international friendships. It was gratifying for all of us in WYA Europe to see months of hard work pay off. The endless photocopies, emails, and small fortunes spent on coffee were not in vain. This year’s conference ran from 17-21 November, examining the theme the International Year of the Family and Youth Unemployment Crisis.

There was a truly international feel to the Conference: Croatian, Belgian, Swiss, Spanish, Greek, British, Polish, French and Romanian youth attended. These young people returned to their home countries having gained not just expertise, but a renewed sense of vigour regarding the necessity of uniting European youth to serve a common goal: the defense of human dignity.

The ELC included question and answer sessions from speakers such as Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and members of the European Parliament as Alojz Peterle, Marijana Petir, Arne Gericke. It was also an exercise in solidarity, with members participating in daily group training sessions, and, on a more lighthearted note, enjoying a scavenger hunt.

The three panels of the ELC focused on Youth Unemployment, the Family, and the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The participants praised all the panels, but particularly the third one, which was held on the anniversary of the Convention and as such drew more participants than the other panels.

Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Culture, Education and Youth, opened the the Youth Unemployment and Youth Guarantee panel. It touched upon the most pressing concerns facing the youth today. The panel raised questions of widespread unemployment and disaffection throughout Europe, but also discussed optimistically the possibilities and potential that youth have to offer.

The Work-Family Balance panel explored the difficulties that European families face, with an introduction from Marijana Petir. This panel highlighted the importance of the family to resolving issues in society, and to cushion against the worst effects of youth unemployment. One remark that is likely to stay with the WYA participants was from Ms Petir: “We have to respect our parents because thanks to their education we had the opportunity to become better people.”

The third panel, on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Role of the Family in Shaping Responsible Citizenship, was very popular. Parts of the declaration were examined by speakers such as Ignacio Socias from the International Federation for Family Development, which has been working hard for the celebration of the 2014 International Year of the Family in collaboration with United Nations.

The last day of the conference ended with viewings from the Manhattan International Film Festival (MIFF), which took place in WYA’s Brussels office. The American Mission to the European Union generously sponsored the MIFF and their officer for human rights joined us for the event. The excellent selection of films included a touching Croatian entry about a young man with Down syndrome that manages to hold down a job and live his life in dignity—a natural favorite film for our Croatian attendees.

The success of the Emerging Leaders Conference is a very positive event for many reasons. Thanks to the ELC, our members have the intellectual foundation to build arguments in the defense of human dignity and the family’s role in promoting human dignity and social development. The most important success is that during this conference every European chapter of WYA underwent teambuilding training and now are ready to actively work in the defense of human dignity during the next year with concrete projects on important issues.

To support our European projects for the next year and the organization of the next Emerging Leaders Conference in June 2015, please participate in the WYA 15 Campaign.

The 2014 Latin America Emerging Leaders Conference has already ended. Please come back to check when the details for the next ELC will be posted. Thank you!

The 2014 Middle East Emerging Leaders Conference has already ended. Please come back to check when the details for the next ELC will be posted. For now, please read this article on the 2014 ELC:

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ELC 2014: The Family and Economic Development in the Arab Region

The Middle East regional office of WYA held the Emerging Leaders Conference in partnership with Notre Dame University on the 23rd,24th of October 2014. The annual theme which was adapted and translated in the local context was “The Family and Economic Development in the Arab Region”.The public was mainly formed by WYA Members who shared their tangible experiences and NDU students.

The regional conference covered the following topics: Family support to children, elderly, persons with disabilities, displaced persons and refugees. In addition, the importance of remittances in supporting families living in the Arab region and finally the role of the family in reducing youth unemployment and better managing the transition from school to work.

The panel discussions were followed by thematic working groups where the young attendees formulated policy recommendations for the above mentioned topics and presented them later on.

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The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual weekend long conference which brings together the brightest and best youth leaders from North America. The ELC provides a forum for young people to vigorously engage, discuss, and debate the pressing issues of today, in light of the mission and vision of WYA.

The topic for this year’s ELC is The Apparent Trap: Ideology, Education and Health, and will take place in the WYA Headquarters from November 7th to 8th.

Stay tuned for Registration Information, Conference Schedule and the List of Speakers for the 2015 WYA North America ELC.