The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual weekend long conference which brings together the brightest and best youth leaders from North America. The ELC provides a forum for young people to vigorously engage, discuss, and debate the pressing issues of today, in light of the mission and vision of WYA.
The ELC was held in the WYA Headquarters in New York, USA from November 7-9, 2014. This year’s theme was on "Mad Men, Modern Family: the Role of Men in Social Development." Our ever-changing cultural landscape has drastically altered the concept of family living. In this conference, we aimed to address this seismic shift by examining the role of fatherhood, family and the contemporary myths about manhood and masculinity.
We had 3 exceptional presentations from speakers who contributed to the discussion from their field of expertise. Dr. Bradford Wilcox examined the effects of committed fatherhood on men and children. Drs. Paul Nathanson and Kathering Young focused on misandry and the revolutonary history of men. Finally, Dr. Schuchardt spoke about women in media and technology and the obscolence of gender. All 3 lectures kept the participants engaged and lead to a thought provoking discussion during the panel on Saturday night.
Participants also had the opportunity to watch the WYA Chamber Orchestra performance which was sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.
The ELC was well-attended by WYA members from South Carolina, New Hampsire, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, Boston, Oregon, Washington and New York. It was a weekend filled with intellectual discourse and a renewed sense of vigour for our youth leaders as they return home equipped with a stronger conviction to protect and promote the dignity of each person.
World Youth Alliance Europe is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.