North America


We affirm that the family is a school of deeper humanity; within which each member learns best what it means to be a human person. There, each member of the human family, from conception to natural death, experiences the gift of unconditional, enduring love. Thus each human person is carefully taught by the family to be responsible, to commit, to share, and to love.

~ WYA Declaration on the Family

About the Emerging Leaders Conference

The ELC is an annual weekend long conference, which brings together our top young leaders from across Canada and the United States. The purpose of the ELC is to provide 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.   

ELC 2014: Mad Men and the Modern Family

This year, WYA North America will partner with International Arts Forum to present our three-day conference:

Mad Men, Modern Family: Examining the Role of Men in Social Development

As we look around the world today, we are bombarded with views of cool, suave, sexy, disinterested, men, mistaking the pursuit of pleasure for the pursuit of happiness. But what does this mean for the future of men and the family?

This year’s ELC seeks to provide an alternative to contemporary myths of masculinity.  Arts professionals will be joined by scholars in sociology and religious studies to reflect on building authentic human relationships that mitigate loneliness and isolation, thus contributing to stronger families and communities. By equipping young people with the knowledge they need to critically evaluate contemporary cultural norms, it is our hope that this year's ELC will serve to affirm the role of men, the important role that men play in the context of the family, and the value of the family to the flourishing of society. We hope you will join us!

Registration for Emerging Leaders Conference 2014

Register Today!
Early Bird Registration Fee of $75.00 Ends October 23rd, 2014. 
Regular Registration Fee: $100.

All Participants Must Register by October 30th, 2014. 

If you are a student or young professional in the visual, media, or performing arts, we are looking to showcase work that deals with themes of:

  • The depth of authentic human relationships
  • The importance of connection between persons
  • The role of family and community in mitigating alienation and loneliness
  • Self and society

To apply for this opportunity, please fill out the registration form below and contact Alexis Kende:


Updates on this year's schedule coming soon!


We have an awesome line up of speakers this year! Stay tuned!


Answers to all of your pressing questions are on their way!


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