WYA Gathers Members to create WYA’s Arabic Training Program

May 4-9, 2018, Marrakech, Morocco – WYA Founder and CEO Anna Halpine and WYA President Lord Leomer Pomperada visited Marrakech, Morocco to lead a Certified Training Program (CTP) Study Seminar that aims to create an Arabic edition of the CTP.

Over 8 Certified WYA Members and Alumni from the Middle East and Asia Pacific were chosen to participate in the CTP Study Seminar based on their CTP scores, active WYA involvement, and ability in addressing the objectives of the seminar. Hrvoje Vargic, WYA Europe Director of Partnerships, and Clare Halpine, Former WYA North America Regional Director, were among the team of organizers that helped moderate the seminar. The gathering was inspired by the successful Youth Synod Colloquium held in Rome last December 2017 with certified WYA members from Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.

Prior to the seminar, participants were tasked to individually review the readings in the current CTP and proposed modifications and additions. After the CTP Study Seminar, the WYA Headquarters will work together with a list of experts in reviewing all submissions. Some of its advisors will also aid in sourcing texts that may be used of the CTP Arabic edition. WYA staff and outstanding alumni may also be invited to submit new readings for addition to the Arabic edition of the CTP.


WYA’s Certified Training Program (CTP) is a collection of philosophical, historical, and modern texts that forms the foundational training for members to articulate and defend the principles of the dignity of the person within the public square. Members who have completed the Certified Training Program deepen their involvement with the organization by becoming eligible to apply for various opportunities such as the international internship, the chance to start their own WYA Chapter or Club, and more.

After the Spanish edition, this is the second time the CTP will be reviewed to produce a new edition. With this initiative, WYA hopes to make the CTP available to a wider audience, primarily to Arabic speaking young people from Asia, Middle East and North Africa.