Emerging Leaders Conference

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is designed for young people and offers discussions, lectures, and training on topics relevant to ongoing international policy debates. The Emerging Leaders Conference happens every year in the following regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America. Each WYA Region holds a local ELC.

Contact education@wya.net for more information or click the regional tabs to view the details of your regional ELC event.

Overarching Theme

The theme this year is Health and Education: Keys to Development and will highlight the right kind of health and education policies that work. Each region has developed a theme for their conference that addresses issues or concepts regarding the family that is relevant to the region.

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The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event that brings together young people from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The 2015 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is the sixth to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa.

The conference will be conducted in English.

The 2015 conference will take place at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th November, 2015.


The theme for the 2015 ELC is Empowering Youth to Shape Africa’s Future.

Africa’s youth make up more than 75% of Africa’s population. The youth are the future of Africa and we need to rise up and take charge of societies around us, taking active part in the life of society. We need to be empowered in education that directly develops the best in us, ethics, and skills in order to flourish and reach our full potential, and thereby guarantee free and just societies.

The three day conference schedule will be updated soon.

Application deadline: Friday 16th October 2015.

The three day conference will cost 3,000 KSHS (or 30 USD) for conference fees, the participant booklet, food, snacks and entertainment for the three-day conference.

Payments will be made upon WYA’s confirmation to attend the conference. Applicants are required to make payments on or before 1st November.


Through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by 1st November 2015. MPESA Business Number is 559066, with account number as ELC.


To World Youth Alliance Africa, delivered on or before 1st November.


Please include the following information when making a wire transfer

Details of Payment: Emerging Leaders Conference 2015

Bank Name: Chase Bank (Kenya) Limited


Account Name: World Youth Alliance Africa

Account Number: 0011005361001

What is the Africa Emerging Leaders Conference?

The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (AELC) is an annual World Youth Alliance event that brings together youth from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues through lectures and discussions. In addition, a rich display of culture is enjoyed through the sessions at the conference.

Who is invited for the AELC?

Youth aged between 16 -30 years.

Why is it important and worthwhile?

This year’s theme will focus on the “Empowering Youth to shape Africa’s Future”. It will enable youth to engage ideas that are of importance to young people on the continent of Africa to understand how we can contribute to a better Africa and in turn a better world in solidarity as the Africa Emerging Leaders.

What logistics will be provided?

Lunch and snacks will be provided for the three days of the conference. All travel expenses and accommodation will be borne by the participants. WYA Africa will not finance accommodation. Guidance to the economical options available for accommodation will be communicated to participants in due course so as to enable secure and affordable days in Nairobi.

How will visas be processed for participants outside Kenya?

Kenya allows visa waivers for many countries. Please check with the Kenya Department of Immigration to confirm whether you require a visa or otherwise. Each participant will be required to have official travel documents (passports or other). Supporting documents from WYA Africa will be provided to enable an easy entry into Kenya through customs.

What is the cost of the Conference?

The conference will cost 3,000 Kenya Shillings (or 30 USD) per participant. This will cater for conference fees, the participant booklet, food, snacks and entertainment for the three-day conference.

Where do I get the Application Form?

Find the application form here.

How do I make payments?

Payments will be made through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by 1st November 2015 for our Kenya participants. Participants from other African countries, not residing in Kenya, can pay upon arrival. WYA will send email confirmations to participants, upon selection.

Go to the MPESA menu. Under Paybill, Business Number is 559066, then proceed with account number as ELC.

What is the dress code for the conference?

The dress code will be either formal or business casual.

What important dates should I keep in mind?

Application Deadline: Friday 30th October 2015

Payment deadline: 1st November 2015

Conference Dates: Wed 11th – Fri 13th November 2015


For any inquiries, reach us through africa@wya.net or directly call us through +254-202-508-626. We look forward to meeting you and your friends soon in Nairobi.


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The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event of World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) for young individuals to learn about the salient issues of today and how they can apply their roles as leaders through a variety of talks, forums and interactive activities. Participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas and build networks with other youth leaders from the Asia Pacific region. It also serves as venue for young people to engage in cultural exchanges. This will strengthen a region-wide cooperation among Asia Pacific youth to implement projects among participating individuals and organizations, as well as explore possibilities for project collaboration, laying the groundwork for long-term partnerships.


This 2015, the WYAAP ELC will tackle the theme “Redefining Education: Breaking Barriers, Empowering the Asia Pacific Youth.”

The best way to ensure that the youth and future generations function advantageously for the benefit of their future is to collectively and constantly advance and expand one of the most fundamental elements of the development of every individual: education. But what we have to realize is that formal education is not the only key in attaining success in life. There are so many lessons to be learned outside the classroom setting. To empower the youth is to encourage them to take part in addressing societal issues that need creative solutions. The 21st Century is an era of technology that puts education closer to the youth. However, how can we maximize its potential help and utilize its role in making it happen?

Date and Venue

The 4th WYAAP ELC will be held at The Bayleaf Hotel, Manila, Philippines from October 15-17, 2015. The Bayleaf is located within Manila’s historic “walled city” Intramuros. This was also where the first and second WYAAP ELC were held.

Tentative Program

October 15, Thursday (10:00 AM – 9:00 PM)
Introduction to the Theme: Why Redefine Education?
Plenary Session 1: The Status of Education in Asia Pacific
Plenary Session 2: Youth and Social Entrepreneurship
Fellowship Night

October 16, Friday (9:00 AM – 10:00PM)
Plenary Session 3: Celebrating the Success of Education in Policy and Culture
Breakout Sessions 1: The Secret Key: Empowering the Marginalized
Breakout Sessions 2: Out of the Box: Learning Beyond the Classroom
WYAAP’s Tenth Birthday Celebration

October 17, Saturday (9:00AM – 4:00PM)
Plenary Session 4: Building Asia Pacific Through Education
Closing Keynote: Our Future: What Can I do?

How to Apply

All interested participants must submit a completed application form to wyaap.conference@gmail.com. You will be notified via email or phone if you have been accepted to the conference. When accepted, conference details and payment procedures will be will be given to you. To confirm your slot you must pay for the conference fee on or before the deadlines given below.

Download the Application Form

Early Bird Application – Submit completed application form on or before July 17, 2015 (Friday).
Regular Application – Submit completed application form on or before August 18, 2015 (Tuesday).

Payment – On or before September 18, 2015 Friday


Regular Application*Submit application on or before August 18, 2015 (Tuesday). Early Bird Application*Submit application on or before July 17, 2015 (Friday).
Local Participant W/O Accommodations PhP4,500.00 PhP3,900.00
Local Participant W/ Accommodations PhP7,000.00 PhP6,400.00
International Participant USD185.00 USD170.00

*Educators/adult supervisors will be paying the same rate as their students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this opportunity for me?
If you believe that every person has dignity and are committed to promoting this message to other people then this is for you. This will be a great opportunity to build new friendships as well as engage in dialogue related to development issues.

Who can apply for the conference?

  • The 4th WYAAP ELC is open to all youth from the Asia Pacific region, aged 15 to 30 years old. Both members and non-members of WYAAP are invited to participate.
  • International Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in this conference.
  • For local applicants under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by a teacher or an adult supervisor. They will have to pay the same amount as the participants.
  • Previous ELC participants may also apply. Note that there is limited number of slots provided for them.

When is the deadline for submitting application forms?

  • For early bird applications, the completed form must be submitted on or before July 17, 2015 (Friday).
  • The deadline for all other applications is on August 18, 2015 (Tuesday).
  • Submit all applications to wyaap.conference@gmail.com in Word or PDF format.

When is the deadline for WYAAP ELC payments?

All accepted applicants must submit their payments on or before September 18, 2015 (Friday) to confirm their slot to the conference. All payments sent after this date will not be accepted. Their slots will be given to the alternates.

Does WYAAP provide scholarships for this conference?

As of now, WYAAP does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants.

How much is the conference fee?

Regular Application*Submit application on or before August 18, 2015 (Tuesday). Early Bird Application*Submit application on or before July 17, 2015 (Friday).
Local Participant W/O Accommodations PhP4,500.00 PhP3,900.00
Local Participant W/ Accommodations PhP7,000.00 PhP6,400.00
International Participant USD185.00 USD170.00

*Educators/adult supervisors will be paying the same rate as their students.

What is included in the conference fee?

  • For Local Participants and Educators/Adult Supervisors not availing of accommodations: All conference fees include ELC kit and materials, meals and snacks during the conference.
  • For Local Participants and Educators/Adult Supervisors availing of accommodations: All conference fees include three-day, two-night shared accommodations at the Bayleaf Hotel, ELC kit and materials, and meals and snacks during the conference. Additional nights before or after the conference are subject to additional fees.
  • For International Participants and Educators/Adult Supervisors: All conference fees include three-day, two-night shared accommodations at the Bayleaf Hotel, ELC kit and materials, and meals and snacks during the conference. Additional nights before or after the conference are subject to additional fees. If you need accommodations outside the conference dates, please inform the organizers prior to payment.

Is the conference fee refundable?

Payments made are final and official. This confirms your slot for the conference. Fees are non-refundable.

Do I need to get a visa to enter the Philippines?

Complete your online application form as soon as you can. The Philippines offers a 21 days visa-free stay to most nationalities. You may check our resource links for more information regarding travel visas.

Is my country in Asia Pacific?

You may check our resource links for a list of countries under the Asia Pacific region.

Will an airport transfer be provided?

Airport transfers will be shouldered by the participant. If you wish to make other travel plans before and after the conference, feel free to do so. Manila has great tourist spots you might want to visit. Take note, everyone is expected to register on the morning of the first day and check out on the last day of the conference.

What is the dress code for the conference?

The dress code for the conference is business casual. No jeans and slippers are allowed.

  • For Men: Trousers/slacks, long-sleeve or short-sleeve polo shirt (tie optional), shoes.
  • For Women: Dress, skirt, slacks, blouse, shoes.

Can my company/organization sponsor or become a partner to this event?

WYAAP is open to exploring the possibilities of working with you. You may email us at wyaap.conference@gmail.com.


Download the Application Form
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For Philippine visa information, click here.
For a list of countries in the Asia Pacific Region, click here.
For Philippine colleges and universities, a copy of our endorsement from the Commission on Higher Education may be found here.

For more conference inquiries:
You may visit the WYAAP office at 303 Xanland Place 323 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights Quezon City. Office hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Mondays to Fridays.
You may email wyaap.conference@gmail.com.
You may call +632 9215162

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About the Emerging Leaders Conference 2015

This conference is the 4th annual event of World Youth Alliance Europe that brings together young people from across Europe to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues.

The theme for this year’s conference is Health and Education: Keys to Development and will take place in Brussels from the 28th June to the 1st July, 2015. The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by WYA, which seeks to bring together critical thinkers to examine issues in the area of health and education with particular regard to family, women and children. It also provides young leaders with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference back in their country.


The Emerging Leaders Conference 2015 is a four-day event that features a wide range of events, including a run for dignity project, lectures, panel discussions, trainings, cultural events, a cocktail reception and much more.

The detailed program of the ELC 2015 is available here!

Application Process

The application process for attending the ELC 2015 is now available!

To apply you must:

  • Be from 18-30 years old
  • Be residing in an European country
  • Have a good level of English
  • Be a member of World Youth Alliance
    If you are not yet a WYA member, please sign the Charter in order to become a member (prerequisite for participating in the ELC).

You will be charged a fee of 50 euro, which includes a welcome pack, free participation to the Run for Dignity race, conference expenses, lunches and a cocktail reception. Any other expenses incurred will be your responsibility.

In order to apply fill in the application form here. Please do so before the 1st of June!

Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us at europe@wya.net.

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The Emerging Leaders Conference each year brings WYA members from the four corners of Europe together for world class speakers, regional training, and international friendships. It was gratifying for all of us in WYA Europe to see months of hard work pay off. The endless photocopies, emails, and small fortunes spent on coffee were not in vain. This year’s conference ran from 17-21 November, examining the theme the International Year of the Family and Youth Unemployment Crisis.

There was a truly international feel to the Conference: Croatian, Belgian, Swiss, Spanish, Greek, British, Polish, French and Romanian youth attended. These young people returned to their home countries having gained not just expertise, but a renewed sense of vigour regarding the necessity of uniting European youth to serve a common goal: the defense of human dignity.

The ELC included question and answer sessions from speakers such as Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and members of the European Parliament as Alojz Peterle, Marijana Petir, Arne Gericke. It was also an exercise in solidarity, with members participating in daily group training sessions, and, on a more lighthearted note, enjoying a scavenger hunt.

The three panels of the ELC focused on Youth Unemployment, the Family, and the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The participants praised all the panels, but particularly the third one, which was held on the anniversary of the Convention and as such drew more participants than the other panels.

Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Culture, Education and Youth, opened the the Youth Unemployment and Youth Guarantee panel. It touched upon the most pressing concerns facing the youth today. The panel raised questions of widespread unemployment and disaffection throughout Europe, but also discussed optimistically the possibilities and potential that youth have to offer.

The Work-Family Balance panel explored the difficulties that European families face, with an introduction from Marijana Petir. This panel highlighted the importance of the family to resolving issues in society, and to cushion against the worst effects of youth unemployment. One remark that is likely to stay with the WYA participants was from Ms Petir: “We have to respect our parents because thanks to their education we had the opportunity to become better people.”

The third panel, on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Role of the Family in Shaping Responsible Citizenship, was very popular. Parts of the declaration were examined by speakers such as Ignacio Socias from the International Federation for Family Development, which has been working hard for the celebration of the 2014 International Year of the Family in collaboration with United Nations.

The last day of the conference ended with viewings from the Manhattan International Film Festival (MIFF), which took place in WYA’s Brussels office. The American Mission to the European Union generously sponsored the MIFF and their officer for human rights joined us for the event. The excellent selection of films included a touching Croatian entry about a young man with Down syndrome that manages to hold down a job and live his life in dignity—a natural favorite film for our Croatian attendees.

The success of the Emerging Leaders Conference is a very positive event for many reasons. Thanks to the ELC, our members have the intellectual foundation to build arguments in the defense of human dignity and the family’s role in promoting human dignity and social development. The most important success is that during this conference every European chapter of WYA underwent teambuilding training and now are ready to actively work in the defense of human dignity during the next year with concrete projects on important issues.

To support our European projects for the next year and the organization of the next Emerging Leaders Conference in June 2015, please participate in the WYA 15 Campaign.

Empoderando a la juventud: América Latina a través de la Salud y la Educación

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World Youth Alliance es una coalición global de más de un millón de jóvenes comprometidos con la promoción de la dignidad de la persona y la construcción de solidaridad entre jóvenes de naciones desarrolladas y en vías de desarrollo. Entrenamos a jóvenes para trabajar a nivel local, regional e internacional para impactar la política y transformar la cultura, promoviendo el desarrollo integral de las personas.

En el marco del trabajo con la juventud y la promoción de la dignidad, World Youth Alliance (WYA) realiza anualmente la Latin America Emerging Leaders Conference (LAELC). La Emerging Leaders Conference es el magno evento anual de las oficinas regionales de WYA y busca llevar a los jóvenes asistentes los temas de relevancia internacional con un enfoque en la dignidad humana. Este año 2015 en su quinta edición el tema de la conferencia será el de “Empoderando a la juventud: América Latina a través de la Salud y la Educación”.

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23 y 24 de Octubre de 2015

Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México y Cineteca Nacional

¿Por qué?

Generar conciencia entre la juventud sobre la importancia de la construcción de un futuro para nuestros países de América Latina a través de la Educación y la Salud de la población y el involucramiento de todos los niveles de la sociedad para lograrlo.


Por medio de la participación activa de la juventud latinoamericana y el apoyo de instituciones locales, nacionales e internacionales.

¿Quienes asisten?

Jóvenes de diferentes estados de la República Mexicana y diversos países de América Latina.


Como parte de la formación de los jóvenes de America Latina, World Youth Alliance Latin America llevará a cabo la Latin America Emerging Leaders Conference la cual tiene los siguientes objetivos:

  • Propiciar una plataforma cultural y educativa donde se compartan las expectativas de la juventud latinoamericana, con respecto a las políticas que traten las temáticas de la salud y la educación como cimientos para generar desarrollo en los países de América Latina.
  • Contar con la participación de importantes conferencistas que provean información y análisis relevante respecto a las diferentes aristas de la salud y la educación a través de la región. De este modo, se contribuye con la formación integral de los jóvenes para realizar un análisis crítico sobre lo que implican estos temas.
  • Fortaleces los vínculos potenciales entre la juventud y los diversos organismos e instituciones nacionales e internacionales para procurar una mejor comunicación y asegurar el posicionamiento de la opinión de la juventud latinoamericana en la toma de decisiones.

Naturaleza del Proyecto

A través de entrenamientos como las conferencias, World Youth Alliance promueve la creación de conciencia, de responsabilidad, y de educación en temáticas que formen parte del dialogo actual y la agenda de la comunidad internacional.

Este año 2015, World Youth Alliance guía sus esfuerzos con la juventud de los países latinoamericanos con relación al tema de Empoderando a la juventud: América Latina a través de la Salud y la Educación. La Latin America Emerging Leaders Conference pretende ser un foro oportuno para que los jóvenes de Latinoamérica puedan comprender la importancia del desarrollo de la región desde un enfoque de la persona humana como centro de este proceso y así, cuenten con el conocimiento para poder promover soluciones desde un enfoque en la persona como prioridad.

La World Youth Alliance cree firmemente que son, este tipo de actividades educativas, las que fortalecen el compromiso y el interés de la sociedad, en preocupaciones o problemas internacionales que afectan la dignidad de la persona.

El ciclo de conferencias comenzará abordando los temas de salud y educación a través del entendimiento actual de los mismos en América Latina y el Caribe. Al ser esta la región más desigual del mundo es innegable que se pueden encontrar sectores donde existe un acceso a salud y educación digno del primer mundo y otros donde la población aún no tiene estos derechos solventados.

A partir de esto se llevarán a cabos dos paneles subsecuentes en los que se vinculará la relación que existe entre la salud y la educación para alcanzar el desarrollo. Buscamos encontrar el nexo que existe entre el empoderamiento entre el desarrollo de las capabilidades de las personas a través de la salud y la educación para que estas se vuelvan motores de desarrollo de sus comunidades. Siempre analizando el rol central del ser humano en las relaciones del desarrollo.

Para finalizar tendremos una Conferencia Magistral para analizar nuestro futuro en común y lo que los jóvenes pueden hacer desde sus distintas naciones y culturas.

Como complemento del evento se llevará a cabo una exhibición del Festival Internacional de Cine de Manhattan (MIFF) en la Cineteca Nacional. Dicho evento reúne a cineastas de todas las regiones del mundo buscando encontrar cortometrajes que promuevan el mensaje de dignidad humana que puede parecer algo abstracto con ejemplos que el público en general pueda comprender. Los cortometrajes del MIFF son de tan alta calidad que varios de ellos posteriormente a formar parte de nuestros finalistas reciben nominaciones importantes como lo ha sido una nominación a los premios de la Academia.

Programa (a confirmar)

8:30 a 9:00 horas

9:00 a 9:20 horas
Mensaje de Bienvenida

9:20 a 10:40 horas
Panel: Radiografía de la región: Salud y Educación

10:40 a 12:00 horas
Panel: Educación: Una clave para el desarrollo

12:00 a 12:20 horas

12:20 a 13:40 horas
Panel: Salud: Una clave para el desarrollo

13:40 a 14:40 horas
Conferencia Magistral:
Nuestro futuro: ¿Qué se puede hacer?

14:40 a 15:00 horas
Clausura y entrega de constancias

The 2014 Middle East Emerging Leaders Conference has already ended. Please come back to check when the details for the next ELC will be posted. For now, please read this article on the 2014 ELC:


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ELC 2014: The Family and Economic Development in the Arab Region

The Middle East regional office of WYA held the Emerging Leaders Conference in partnership with Notre Dame University on the 23rd,24th of October 2014. The annual theme which was adapted and translated in the local context was “The Family and Economic Development in the Arab Region”.The public was mainly formed by WYA Members who shared their tangible experiences and NDU students.

The regional conference covered the following topics: Family support to children, elderly, persons with disabilities, displaced persons and refugees. In addition, the importance of remittances in supporting families living in the Arab region and finally the role of the family in reducing youth unemployment and better managing the transition from school to work.

The panel discussions were followed by thematic working groups where the young attendees formulated policy recommendations for the above mentioned topics and presented them later on.

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About the ELC

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual conference bringing together top young leaders from across Canada and the United States. The purpose of the ELC is to provide a forum for young people to vigorously engage, discuss, and debate the pressing issues of today, in light of the mission and vision of the World Youth Alliance. Known for its intimate forum for dialogue, the ELC fosters a meaningful network of friendships based on a shared vision of the human person. Through lectures and discussions, young people come to understand the broader cultural issues of the day and how they relate to the dignity of the person. Gaining the vocabulary and confidence necessary, young people take these ideas back to their schools and their studies, becoming active and engaged members of WYA, bringing about change from the grassroots to the international level.

Date and Venue

This year’s ELC will take place in the WYA Headquarters in New York City, New York from November 13th to 15th, 2015.


The conference theme, The Apparent Trap: Ideology, Education and Health will examine the trenchant ideological barriers impeding free discourse in the areas of education and health.

While popular discourse uncomfortably dismisses the idea of objective standards and norms as mere ideological imposition, contemporary culture increasingly operates in strict adherence to a set of socially constructed beliefs. The apparent trap is this: who or what defines the terms? As progressive and regressive are labels selectively and subjectively applied, what is relevant risks becoming relative:

“The abuse of political power is fundamentally connected with the sophistic abuse of the word… Public discourse, the moment it becomes basically neutralized with regard to a strict standard of truth, stands by its nature ready to serve as an instrument in the hands of any ruler to pursue all kinds of power schemes.”

  Abuse of Language—Abuse of Power, Joseph Pieper

So, how did we get here? How do ideological frameworks and social movements impact our vision of ourselves and our role in society? How does our philosophy of the human person inform our understanding and provision of education and health care? Bringing together researchers, scholars and physicians, this year’s speakers and guests will explore the issues and debates that both bind and loosen our understanding of the common good, posing countercultural critiques to emergent trends in the field.

Conference Schedule

November 13th, Friday       

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Registration and Dinner*

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Opening Remarks

8:00 PM – 8:30 PM WYA Orchestra Performance

November 14th, Saturday

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Check-in and Breakfast*

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM “The Triumph of the Therapeutic: In Politics and Education”  by Dr. James Nolan, Williams College

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Break

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM“Identity Politics: How We Got Here and Where to Go from Here” by Dr. Paul Nathanson, McGill University

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM “Generation Y: Stupefied and in Jeopardy” by Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Emory University and First Things

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Break

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM “Pornography as a Public Health Concern: A Medium of Addiction and Exploitation” by Dr. Donald Hilton, University of Texas

4:45 PM – 6:45 PM Break

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Evening Cocktail Celebration*

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM “The Apparent Trap: Ideology, Education and Health” 

Panel Discussion featuring Dr. James Nolan, Dr. Paul Nathanson, Dr. Mark Bauerlein and Dr. Donald Hilton

November 15th, Sunday

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Check-in and Breakfast*

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM “An Introduction to FEMM and HDC”  by Weronika Janczuk, WYA Director of Education

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Break

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM “How to be a Catalyst for Change with WYA” by Lord Pomperada, WYA President

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Awarding of Certificates

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Concluding Lunch* & Chapter Leaders Meet with WYANA staff


*Meal and/or Drink Provided

Speaker Information

Dr.JamesNolanHeadshot Dr. James NolanJames L. Nolan, Jr. is Professor of Sociology at Williams College. His teaching and research fall in the general areas of law and society, culture, and historical comparative sociology.  He is the author of several books, including Legal Accents, Legal Borrowing:  The International Problem-Solving Court Movement (Princeton University Press, 2009), Reinventing Justice: The American Drug Court Movement (Princeton University Press, 2001) and The Therapeutic State: Justifying Government at Century’s End (New York University Press, 1998).  His new book, What They Saw in America:  Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G.K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.
Dr.PaulNathansonHeadshot Dr.Paul NathansonDr. Paul Nathanson (BA, Bth, MA, MLS, PhD) is a researcher at McGill University’s Faculty of Religious Studies. He began his academic career by writing about the ambiguous relation between religion and secularity, especially on secular myths and secular parables. More recently, he and his colleague at McGill, Dr. Katherine Young, have written about secular religions: political ideologies on both the left and the right that function as (fundamentalist) religions. Dr Nathanson has authored several books, including: Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture (2001); Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination against Men (2006); and Sanctifying Misandry: Goddess Ideology and the Fall of Man (2010).
Dr.MarkBauerlein Dr. Mark BauerleinMark Bauerlein is Senior Editor at First Things and Professor of English at Emory, University where he has taught since earning his PhD in English at UCLA in 1989. For two years (2003-2005), he served as Director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. His books include Literary Criticsim: An Autopsy (1997), The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief (1997), and The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardies Our Future (2008).
WeronikaJanczukHeadshot Weronika JanczukWeronika Janczuk is the Director of Education at the World Youth Alliance (WYA). She is daughter to Polish immigrants, graduated from New York University with a self-designed B.A. in the Philosophy of the Human Person, sold novels as a literary agent for a few years, loves tea, and splits her time day-to-day between WYA’s Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC) project, an alternate sexual education curriculum, and FEMM, WYA’s affiliate women’s health program.
LordPomperadaHeadshot Lord PomperadaLord Pomperada is the current President at World Youth Alliance (WYA). He was born in Iloilo City, Philippines. Lord graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines. Before WYA, he worked with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia as a Program Assistant for Communication and Development and also served as a Philippine Youth Ambassador to the 40th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program, a diplomatic and cultural youth exchange program on board the ship Nippon Maru.
Dr.DonaldHiltonHeadshot Donald HiltonDr. Donald Hilton is an adjunct associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he is the director of the spine fellowship and also director of the Methodist Hospital rotation for the residency training program. He has authored recent peer-reviewed journal papers on addiction including the Journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology, Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, and Surgical Neurology International, where he serves on the editorial board. He also serves on the board of director of the Washington D.C.-based National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE).


Application Process

To be eligible to apply for the 2015 WYANA ELC, you must:

  • Be residing in the United States or Canada
  • Be a member of World Youth Alliance North America
    (If you are not yet a WYA member, please sign the Charter in order to become a member. )

If you meet these requirements, please fill in the application form below and wait for a confirmation of acceptance and payment instructions.  Only accepted applicants will be notified by email within 7 days of your application submission.

Deadline for Applications is on October 23, 2015. 

Conference Fees

The conference fee is $50 USD. Once accepted to the conference, you will receive payment instructions via email. Participants will receive an ELC Welcome Packet and will be provided Breakfast on November 14th and November 15th, Dinner on November 13th and Lunch on November 15th. The fee covers all lectures, the WYA Chamber Orchestra performance and the Panel Discussion/Cocktail Event.

Deadline for Conference Fee Payments is on October 23, 2015.



Tickets for the WYA Chamber Orchestra performance on November 13th, (Friday Night) can be purchased separately. Tickets are priced at $10 USD in advance and $15 USD at the door. You can purchase tickets by clicking the Paypal Button below.

Single ticket

Two tickets

Deadline for Orchestra Ticket Payments is on November 11, 2015.

Housing and Travel

WYA North America is unable to provide housing and travel scholarships for conference participants. However, we’ve compiled a list of affordable hotels and hostels to assist you in finding accommodations during the ELC weekend.

2015 WYANA ELC Housing and Travel Information

Frequently Asked Questions

WYANA ELC Frequently Asked Questions

Testimonials From Past Participants