WYA speaks up for “Our Common Future” at Taiwan forum

“When the people realize that we are no longer limited by geography and that our shared future needs the collective power of the youth, then, together, we can create the kind of world we want to live in in the future.” — Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan warmly hosted around 300 youth leaders from 19 countries, including 11 representatives of the World Youth Alliance, at the 2018 Global Youth Trends Forum held last October 30 to November 6, 2018.

The Youth Development Administration, Ministry of Education of Taiwan hosted the annual forum to help enrich the international outlook of the youth and to encourage global friendships. The GYTF encouraged cross-cultural understanding and sparked creative collaboration among young people from across the world. This year’s conference was aptly themed, “Our Common Future — Cultivation and Development of Youth.

Mikyoung Park of Korea Youth Work Agency observed, “When I find out same or similar barriers we share, it made us close to sympathize and laugh together. When I find out different perspectives, it was interesting to see how they think, and look back how I decide something.”

Representing the Philippines were WYA Asia Pacific (WYAAP) Regional Director, Mary Imbong, WYAAP Director for Operations Joyce Ann Cedeño, and WYA Certified Members, Stacey Nicole Bellido, Neil John Casagan, Ray Kerry Dacoseo, and John Santeo Tamayo. The WYAAP – Philippines team presented during the first day of the forum. Under their assigned topic, “Speak up for Our Future — Participation in Society and the World”, they shared some of the Philippines’ best practices in youth participation and shared their ideas about the importance of having person-centered programs and policies–efforts that respect the dignity of every person, and encourage holistic development.

“Not only did they have an excellent presentation and performance at the forum, but they also radiated positive energy everywhere they went and made everybody around them happy,” Emma Ryuka Leong of UNISC Japan remarked, “I was very nervous about the presentation, but felt a huge wave of relief when the Philippine delegation came to me afterwards to give compliments. I really look forward to seeing them again one day.”

 Representing the United States were WYA President Lord Leomer Pomperada, WYA North America Regional Director Julia Kenney, and WYA members Andrea Arellano, Antonio Jose Farias, and Elizabeth Kenney. The US delegation presentation during the first day of the forum was on Global Talent Mobility. The members of the delegation talked about the impact of the digital age on global talent mobility along with case studies from the business and nonprofit sectors. They also shared some career planning advice on how young people today can become globally competitive.

“For most of us from the US, it was our first trip to Asia. We’re glad and grateful to be part of the international youth gathering in Taiwan with a purpose of bringing young people from around the world together to build friendships and to discuss global issues. In our presentation, we highlighted the importance of putting the human person at the center of developing the society and talent mobility,” Julia Kenney, shared.

The World Youth Alliance wishes to thank Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and Youth Development Administration for their invitation to join the conference. WYA also wishes to thank the participating countries for their friendship and contribution.