New York, NY – World Youth Alliance president Mary Halpine, 23, seen here photographed with the president of the Republic of Chile, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, attended the official launch of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation on September 25th, 2007. Sponsered by the Permanent Mission of Chile to the United Nations and the Cervantes Institute of New York, the foundation will promote the study of poetry and the work of Gabriela Mistral, the Chilean poet, educator, and feminist who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
“The World Youth Alliance promotes the dignity of the person through policy and culture. Working with artists and politicians so that both understand, and are able to promote, the dignity of every person through their lives is what will enable people to live in a manner which recognizes their dignity. It is important for young people to discuss how they can change their communities and to work with artists and politicians to bring about these changes” said Mary Halpine, WYA President.