WYA Asia Pacific Regional Director Lord Leomer Pomperada participated in the 20th Asia Pacific Youth Conference held in Taiwan from August 2 to 10, 2014. The youth conference, organized by Initiatives of Change, gathered over 100 participants from fourteen countries including Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong and South Korea.
The 8-day program provided the Asia Pacific youth the opportunity to dialogue with fellow youth from neighbouring countries, build friendships and create networks for peace. The program included plenary sessions on sustainable living, civic participation and life coaching and breakout workshops on creative leadership, family, yoga and music, and art therapy among others.
“I learned that we will always find what we are looking for but it is also easy to miss something that we’re not looking for in our lives. We were taught to understand the reason for the choices that we make as leaders and the different social styles of the people that we lead in our community. The workshop ended by looking into our different passions and talents and how these can help society. I discovered my life’s purpose with the help of our facilitator,” Lord shared when asked on his experience in the workshop on inspired leadership for creative action.
“Leadership is doing something that will not happen by its own. Leadership is being committed to something larger than yourself. Once you are successful, who will benefit from it aside from your family? Commitment goes beyond yourself. We all have the gift to make a difference in this world,” workshop facilitator Siddharth Singh from India inspired the participants during the last day of the creative leadership workshop.
The youth conference also included cultural nights, youth bazaars, historical and cultural trips and a 2-day home stay program in Tainan Province with a Taiwanese family. “I am very thankful for the opportunity to have been chosen as one of the youth delegates in this year’s Asia Pacific Youth Conference. The program is very meaningful and inspiring. I have learned a lot from the speakers and facilitators and I have met amazing youth change makers. I also enjoyed the home stay program. Our host family was very kind and hospitable,” Lord shares.
The next Asia Pacific Youth Conference will be hosted on August 2015 in Siam Reap in Cambodia.
Initiatives of Change is a global movement of people coming from different cultures and backgrounds who commit themselves to societal transformation through changes in human motices and behavior. The organization inspires, equips and connects people to address world needs, starting with themselves. If you want to learn more about the organization, you may click here.