Over 2,300 World Youth Day pilgrims join WYA in Poland


From July 25 to 31, a World Youth Alliance (WYA) delegation attended the weeklong World Youth Day (WYD) event in Krakow, Poland to meet with WYA members and chapters and to invite WYD pilgrims to become WYA members.

WYA President Lord Pomperada, WYA Europe Director of Operations Ewa Wrona, WYA Europe Director of Advocacy Antoine Mellado and WYA Europe Interns Alexander Kozak, Jacinta King and Rocio Periz represented WYA.

“I’m glad to have learned about WYA here in Poland. I’m excited to learn more about the different projects that I can engaged with to promote WYA and human dignity in my own school and community,” a pilgrim from Poland shared.


WYA also hosted a forum on July 27 during the WYD festival. The 2-hour presentation with the title “Be Not Afraid: Leadership Lessons from John Paul II” was participated by over 60 pilgrims and professors.

WYA President Lord Pomperada introduced the organization and the different WYA projects including the Human Dignity Curriculum and FEMM. While WYA Europe Director of Advocacy Antoine Mellado gave a presentation on leadership and freedom inspired by Saint John Paul II.

“Young people are called to greatness and towards true freedom. We should not be afraid to fight for the truth and we should always be inspired by the life and struggles of Saint John Paul II,” Antoine Mellado said during his presentation.


During his presentation, Antoine shared the advocacy work that WYA is doing with the European Parliament highlighting the different campaigns that WYA organized including the Global Campaign for People with Down Syndrome. He also shared the different research WYA has worked on.

The WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. It is a worldwide encounter with the Pope and is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The next WYD will be held in Panama in 2019.


WYA wishes to thank and welcome all of the new members from all the six regions of the world who signed the WYA Charter and agreed to become a member. We hope to engage all of our new members in our upcoming projects and activities around the world. WYA also wishes to thank our interns who helped us prepare for the WYD and our generous host family and donors.

You may click here to see more photos and videos of the WYD pilgrims with our WYA Mascot Wyanda. You may also email europe@wya.net for inquiries or if you would like to invite us to your upcoming youth project or gathering.