In recent years, the World Youth Alliance North American office has run a single, academically-oriented Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) in New York City at the WYA headquarters, bringing students from around the US and Canada for a series of intensive training in ideas that shape cultural and social development. In 2016, the format for the conference changed, opening doors beyond mere academic discussion to project management and implementation training—the active solution to ideology—and has yielded significant new university chapters and project partnerships over the past year.
In the fall of 2017, going into 2018—for the first time in NA history—WYA staff members are bringing its ideas and training out of the city and into the region, with conferences run locally at university campuses or otherwise. The goal, explains regional director Weronika Janczuk, “is to train young people and community members in projects and ideas that are community-specific—as this is where cultural change happens most authentically, with every person understanding something about who they are, and the community to which they belong.”
Fall ELCs include Benedictine College, in Atchison, KS, October 27-28; the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, November 3-4; and the University of Prince Edward Island on Prince Edward Island, CAN, November 17-18.
Spring conferences are being scheduled now. Individuals interested in bringing a WYA ELC to their campus or community can inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org.