World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) recently concluded its 6th Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) held last November 9 to 11, 2017, at the Hive Hotel & Convention Place in Quezon City, Philippines.
The ELC is WYAAP’s largest annual 3-day gathering of youth leaders which aims to tackle different pressing topics affecting the globe and to motivate Asia Pacific youth in engaging in multicultural discussions. This year’s conference focused on Migration and Development with the title, Our Global Family: Enriching Cultures through Migration and Development. The conference covered topics on human dignity and migration, migration issues–human trafficking, migration and climate change, crisis-driven migration–person-centered projects addressing migration issues, and featured real migrant stories through the different resource speakers.
The first day of the conference consisted of plenary and panel sessions that provided an introduction and overview of the conference theme, as well as an introduction to the work and advocacy of the World Youth Alliance. Resource partners included seasoned professionals from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines, the Associates in Research and Community Empowerment Services, Inc. (ARCES, Inc.), Philippine Women’s University, and the World Youth Alliance Alumni.
The second day of the ELC, on the other hand, consisted of breakout sessions where attendees listened to migrant stories and attended hands-on workshops on campaign-building, community development, and art for social impact. ELC resource partners came from De La Salle University, Birdland Beach Club, IOM Philippines, Migrant Forum in Asia, and The Paper Project Inc. The annual Solidarity Night was also held after the conference proper where guest performers from the Marikina Dance Guild as well as motivational guest speakers, Mark “Mugen” Striegl–professional MMA fighter and brand ambassador of Under Armour–and Josh Mahinay, founder of BEAGIVER, joined the evening program. This year’s WYAAP ELC Essay Writing Competition winner, Eunis Abitona, was also awarded during the Solidarity Night.
The ELC ended on November 11 with a talk on person-centered responses to migration issues by Dr. Marla Asis of the Scalabrini Migration Center and a closing keynote speech on global solidarity and volunteerism by Bea Lumanas of UNICEF.
The 6th WYAAP ELC was supported by Gold’s Gym Philippines, Mystery Manila, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, Land Bank of the Philippines, Pik-Nik (Emperador Distillers, Inc), Under Armour, and individual donors of WYAAP.
WYAAP would like to extend its gratitude to all ELC resource partners, event partners, sponsors, donors, WYA Alumni, and volunteers for largely contributing to the implementation of the 6th WYAAP ELC. WYAAP also thanks all its conference delegates and educators for their participation, energy, and support to the mission of WYA.
View more photos of the 6th WYAAP ELC at the WYAAP Facebook Page.