WYA Celebrates 16 Years of promoting Human Dignity

WYA16 Poster Board
On the evening of March 21, over two-hundred interns, staff, alumni and friends gathered together to celebrate WYA’s 16 years of promoting human dignity. The party opened with a performance by our very own WYA Chamber Orchestra, followed by the awarding of winners of the Manhattan International Film Festival, and the awarding of the Kathryn Hoomkwap Award for Extraordinary Service in the Defense of the Dignity of the Human Person.

WYA Orchestra 2015 Gala
This year’s Kathryn Hoomkwap Award was presented to Maria Grizzetti, WYA Director of Development. Maria has served as WYA staff for over ten years of service began in 2003, and her dedication to the organization and to the mission in all ways makes her an ideal recipient for the award.

WYA 16 - Maria
The party also featured an exhibit that highlighted key points in WYA’s history, and showcased the two of the newest programs making great progress in promoting the dignity of the human person: the Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC) and Fertility Education and Medical Management (FEMM). The first is a comprehensive K-12 character development and sexual education curriculum designed for implementation in public and private schools to meet the criteria for sexual education established by the UN and WHO. The HDC, building on best practices in peer-reviewed literature, focuses on building personal identity for the student within the context of a clear worldview. The second featured program, FEMM, provides women with the knowledge they need to understand the relationship between their hormonal activity, overall health and healthy lifestyles, and the tools that help them track and manage this information over time.  Both programs have finished highly successful pilot tests and are steadily gaining popularity and more users in their various locations.


WYA is proud to celebrate these key milestones and is excited to celebrate more successes to come on the 17th Anniversary Gala, slated for March 5, 2016.