How We Work

The World Youth Alliance works to understand and speak about the idea of the human person. We work with young people around the world to build a culture that supports and nurtures the dignity of each human person. Our work can be divided into three program areas: Advocacy, Education and Culture.


To promote the dignity of the person by building a global coalition of young people able to articulate, defend and live the dignity of the person in their lives and influence the communities and world in which they live.


A world in which the dignity of the person is the foundation for policy and program implementation; in which we understand that progress entails a commitment to the dignity of each human person and the adoption of person-centered solutions.

WYA in Advocacy

 The World Youth Alliance participates directly at the United Nations, European Union, and Organization of American States.

  • Our advocacy work equips young people to work on critical topics that we face today.
  • We provide research and fact sheets on current international policy issues.
  • You can read our statements on topics that have been discussed and negotiated by our members at the UN.
  • We provide training on international relations and foreign diplomacy for members
  • We work one-on-one with delegates to develop person-centered policies and language proposals for international negotiations
  • We organize advocacy conferences on international policy themes and our annual International Solidarity Forum at the UN.

WYA and the United Nations

WYA is an accredited ECOSOC Civil Society Network NGO. WYA can thus access UN grounds, attend meetings, and speak as a civil society representative.

WYA and the European Union

WYA members and interns work with the European Commission and European Parliament and monitor select meetings at the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE).

WYA and the Organization of American States

WYA is a registered civil society organization with the Organization of American States (OAS) and participates at the annual OAS General Assembly meetings and regional summits.  The OAS plays a critical role in carrying out mandates established by the hemisphere’s leaders through the Americas.

WYA Research: White Papers

WYA white papers address the most significant topics in global policy discussions and in key international proposals.

Member Participation in Advocacy

Members can participate at the UN by applying for an Advocacy Fellowship (law students only), apply for a WYA Headquarters Internship in New York, or inquire about attending a specific commission or conference.

WYA in Education

The World Youth Alliance’s educational programs equip students of all ages with the resources, training and intellectual formation to promote the dignity of the human person.

We offer a wide selection of both formal and informal educational and training programs to develop a deeper understanding of human dignity. Our material is designed to be adapted to different communities and ages as needed. Some of our programs include:

We also hold training events and provide learning material such as:

WYA in Culture

As part of our mission, the World Youth Alliance provides culture and art programs for integral human development.  These include programs in:

Why art?

Art impacts our understanding of human dignity on an individual and societal level.

  • provides integral human development – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development
  • impacts the growth of society
  • fosters a deeper understanding of the human condition
  • instills an experience of beauty, purpose and vocation in youth

Learn more about the importance of art by reading our cultural declarations and statements.