World Youth Alliance Europe and Areté Foundation Start a Partnership in the University of Navarra

Monday, June 26th—World Youth Alliance Europe and Areté Foundation started a partnership to offer more opportunities to the students in the University of Navarra. Both organizations promote human dignity as part of their core values and are led by young leaders below the age of 30.

As a part of the partnership, Areté Foundation will offer the WYA internship in the Brussels office to its best and most committed members. Through the internship, students will be able to directly engage in the work of European Institutitons and develop their skills and knowledge in public policies, project management, advocacy, and communication.

“We are very enthusiastic to be able to offer this internship program to our members. We believe that today it is absolutely needed to engage youth globally. This generation has the passion, dynamism and spirit to shape the future. Working with WYA in European institutions will give them valuable knowledge and experience to be able to do so,” said Juan A. Soto, Executive Director and cofounder of Areté.

One of the prerequisties for prospective applicants to the internship program will be to finish WYA’ s Certified Training Program (CTP). CTP is the collection of texts that provide the philosophical underpinnings for the mission of WYA. It presents a summary of philosophical, historical, and modern day texts that focus on the dignity of the person and human rights.

“WYA always wants to give its members an integral formation, which includes also studying the foundations of the values we promote. I think this is something we share with Arete. Both of our organizations want to understand the deepest roots of the things we are dealing with,” said Hrvoje Vargić, Regional Director of WYA Europe.

CTP will be offered in the Pamplona Campus of the University of Navarra as a part of a broader offer of student activities. The first round of CTP will be conducted as an intense one-week seminar from September 18 to 24, 2017 under the mentorship of WYA Europe staff members. There, students will have the opportunity to study the thought and action of personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, John Paull II, Jacques Maritain, Dalai Lama, John Finnis, Vaclav Havel and others. Those who finish the program will have the opportunity to start a Chapter in the University of Navarra.

Already a great number of students from Navarra expressed their wish to be a part of these activities, and several academics expressed their support for the project, including Prof. Luis Ravina, Director of the Navarra Center for International Development (NCID) and President and co-founder of Areté.

“We are looking forward to this new and promising collaboration. I am confident that together we can bring a significant change to the society,” concluded Juan Soto from Areté Foundation.