The World Youth Alliance was founded in 1999 by Anna Halpine to defend the dignity of every human person. WYA has expanded to six continents since that time, and has over 100,000 individual members in 167 countries. WYA members work directly with Ambassadors, diplomats, and elected officials to defend the dignity of each human person.
WYA has launched two signature programs to offer on the ground solutions for the needs facing women, children and families. The Human Dignity Curriculum and FEMM offer groundbreaking programs that are expanding in the United States and internationally.
The annual WYA ball is an opportunity to celebrate and support the important work of WYA. Tickets are tax deductible and contribute to the educational programming of the organization.
Erika Tatad, the first Regional Director for the WYA Asia-Pacific Region (WYAAP), will be presented with the Kathryn Hoomkwap Award for Extraordinary Service in Defense of the Dignity of the Human Person.
After her WYA HQ internship in 2003, Erika went back to her hometown, Manila, and established the first WYAAP office. She served as the Regional Director for WYAAP from 2004 to 2007. Erika has made significant contributions to WYAAP Region, and continues to demonstrate the highest commitment to the defense and protection of human dignity in every aspect of her life.
From her work at WYA, and after further studies in International Business and Marketing from the University of Berkley, CA., she has gone on to embody this mission and vision in her work with the people of the Philippines, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is currently a Director in xchange, an incubator for early stage social enterprises. xchange helps local enterprises scale and reach sustainability in the shortest time possible. She works tirelessly to bring her talents to bear with the underprivileged in the Philippines, so that together they can work to build stronger individuals, families, communities, and a nation that respects the latents that each person brings to bear.