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

In order to address contemporary myths and trends regarding manhood and masculinity in North America, this year’s ELC seeks to examine the role of men in the context of the family.

With the issue of the redefinition of family at the forefront of national and international discourse, the Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) aims to equip young people with the knowledge they need to critically evaluate contemporary cultural norms. As we look around the world today, we are bombarded with views of the ideal man: cool, suave, sexy: he is disinterested and disengaged, mistaking the pursuit of pleasure for the pursuit of happiness. But what does this mean for the future of the family? 

Examining the changing landscape of the family, and the struggles faced by young men in particular, this year’s Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) will serve to affirm the role of men, the important role of men in the context of the family and the importance of the family to the flourishing of society.

Registration for Emerging Leaders Conference 2014
Register Today!
Early Bird Registration Fee of $75.00 Ends October 23rd, 2014.

Regular Registration Fee of $100.

All Participants Must Register by October 30th, 2014. 


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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