All 2008 Events

2008 Archive

Documentary Screening: Women in War Zones– Auguest 27, 2009


Documentary Screening: Women in War Zones
August 27, 2009



World Youth Alliance in partnership with International Arts Movement would like to invite you to a special screening of the documentary film Women in War Zones, a film that chronicles the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo during and following a period of war. The screening of the film will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers. Staff of World Youth Alliance and International Arts Movement will also be on hand to answer questions about their work, how it relates to this film, and how you may become more involved.

International Arts Movement Headquarters
Space 38|39, 38 West 39th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018

Tickets are $4 and proceeds will go to the filmmakers. You may purchase advance tickets at the International Arts Movement site here, or you can visit the official film website at:

For more information please contact Christy Tennant at or Casey Downing at



Reduced fee for WYA North America Summer Camp 2009-June 21, 2009



WYA North America Seminars on ARTs-March 31, 2009

Through March 2009, WYA North America will be presenting seminars on the Ethics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) to university students.



Emerging Leaders United States Policy Seminar– January 29, 2009

January 29-31, 2009 in New York


World Youth Alliance North America hosted a dynamic seminar entitled "Human Dignity and Authentic Development". This seminar was an opporunity to learn about development strategies that work because they are grounded in the dignity of the human person.

Members met other young leaders and had the opportunity to engage with leaders in international policy making, business, academia and media. Speakers included: David Blankenhorn, Dick Russ and Andreas Widmer.

The registration deadline was December 12, 2008, and the conference fee was $80. Click here to download the registration form and the schedule of events.

WYA Coffee House 2009– July 31, 2008

Here is the Coffee House flyer



Emerging Leaders Canadian Policy Seminar– January 31, 2008

The World Youth Alliance is excited to announce that the North American regional office will be hosting the Emerging Leaders Canadian Policy Seminar at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. The conference is entitiled "Dignity as the Basis for Public Policy," and will take place from Thursday January 31st to Sunday February 3rd, 2008.

Members of government and academia will present on a variety of topics and participants will work with speakers to develop approaches to making the dignity of the human person the starting point for public policy.  

Click on the link below to view the conference program and to find out how you can apply!



Fall 2008

Through American Eyes: Religion and Society in Oman, Photographs by Mr. Edward Grazda

On December 9, 2008, World Youth Alliance celebrated the culture of Oman through photography. This fundraising event at WYA Headquarters in New York served as an opportunity to build new relationships with the diplomatic core and the Middle Eastern community as well as showcase the work that WYA does. Other invited guests included members of the Institute for American Values and special donor friends of the organization.

During the event, WYA board member Dr. Habib Malik gave a presentation regarding the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This cultural exchange contributed to the growth of WYA in the Middle East and, more importantly, promoted the dignity of the human person which is the primary mission of the World Youth Alliance.



WYA Seminars on the Ethics of ARTs 

Following the ISF 2008, WYA North America launched a seminar program to educate university students about the ethical issues surrounding Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs). Gina Fullam, a WYA North America committee member and senior at the University of Scranton, is spearheading the program in the United States.

Thanks to Gina’s hard work, the seminars were well received at SUNY New Paltz and the University of Scranton. We look forward to expanding the program to other universities in North America. WYA North America Committee members Hyun Song of McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and Marie Murray of Ramapo College (New Jersey) are also part of our team of presenters. If you would like to schedule a seminar at your university, please click here for more details. Seminars on ARTs will be available through March 2009.


Worst Costume Party Ever!

The Worst Costume Party Ever took place at the WYA House on Oct. 24, 2008. Check out the WYA North America blog for more pictures and details on the outrageous music, ghastly costumes, and shocking dance moves.   


WYA North America on Sirius Satellite Radio

On October 17th, WYA was featured on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Catholic Channel. Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, a Dominican priest at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, interviewed President Mary Halpine and interns Rita-May Rahme and Kelly Schulz on his weekly radio show "Word to Life." If you’d like to listen, check out Fr. Aquinas’ blog which contains a link to the show. (No time to listen to the entire show? You can skip ahead 15 minutes. WYA was featured during the middle 30-minute segment of the 60-minute show.)


WYANA City Adventure

The New York City Adventure was a scavenger hunt held on September 27 in Manhattan for college and high-school students to illustrate some of the cultural gems of the city. Twenty students spent the day exploring the New York area and responding to clues about history, architecture, art and world cultures. They were able to try authentic Kenyan food, learn Korean martial arts, and see pieces of a lost New York that they never knew existed. The students then returned to the WYA house for pizza, bagels, and solidarity at the end of the day. For more details and pictures, check out our blog. Be sure to join us for next year’s scavenger hunt!

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