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 2019 is Good Governance and Human Flourishing. Each region has developed a theme for their conference that addresses issues or concepts regarding good governance and human flourishing that is relevant to the region.

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The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual program activity that brings together young people from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The 2019 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is the tenth (10) to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa. The theme is Good Governance & Human Flourishing with a the tentative Sub- theme, Building Good Governance in Young Leaders. The conference will take place on November 2019

Where do I get the Application Form?

Find the application form here.

How do I make payments?


Through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by Wednesday 7th November 2018. MPESA Business Number is 559066, with account number as ELC.


To World Youth Alliance Africa, delivered on or before Wednesday 7th November 2018.


Please include the following information when making a wire transfer

Details of Payment: Emerging Leaders Conference 2018
Bank Name: Stanbic Bank Limited
Account Name: World Youth Alliance Africa
Account Number: 0100005433527

Kindly note, we have only 150 slots to allocate, ensure to make payments on receipt of your acceptance letter.


For any inquiries, reach us through africa@wya.net or directly call us through +254-202-508-626, +254 713 906 471. We look forward to meeting you and your friends soon in Nairobi.


  1. Dr. Luis G. Franceschi (far left) with WYA Africa RD and Immediate Former RDO
  2. Dr. Wahome Ngare
  3. Tim Kipchumba
  4. David Kisache – Panel Moderator, Co- Emcee
  5. Jr. Victor Baba Emmanuel Aligo
  6. Lillian Kilwake
  7. Tim Howe
  8. Philip Moturi Moturi
  9. International Solidarity Forum (ISF) 2018 Representatives Panel : Dannis Ogola (Kenya), Doreen Nakato (Uganda), Anne Kioko (Kenya), Rodrigue Makelele (DRC) Adam Malik (Kenya)

We had 5 WYA members represent the Africa region at the International Solidarity Forum (ISF) 2018. They shall be sharing their insights from the discussions there and bring us up to speed on the issues on human dignity and bioethics spoken about at the forum. Each of them has completed the Certified Training Programme (CTP) or undertaken the Regional Internship and are active members of WYA and live out our mission serving as dignity defenders in their different careers.  

Conference Topics

Day One

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Introduction to WYA, Conference Overview
  • Key Note Address
  • Performance: Spoken Word
  • Human Dignity & Bio-ethics; emerging issues on the African Continent
  • Human Dignity & Bio-ethics; emerging issues in Medical Practice
  • Human Dignity & Bio-ethics; emerging issues in Pharmaceutical Practice
  • Human Dignity & Bio-ethics; a global youth perspective and sensitisation on emerging issues

Day Two

  • Country Study; understanding, national, regional and international policies and governance on Migration
  • Insights on African Youth Global Migration
  • Understanding the role of the different international organisations in migration
  • African Youth experiences as refugees and impact of their migration to the country of origin, country of transit, and host country
  • Breakout session: Group Discussion and Presentation

Day Three

  • Sustainable innovative livelihood solutions for African youth
  • Making SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound) livelihood decisions
  • Understanding investments, insurance and pension programs for the African youth
  • Case Studies; African Youth currently running sustainable initiatives and income generating projects

Read more about the conference here

Frequently Asked Questions

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 “Human Dignity and Bioethics: African Youth Perspective on Bioethics, Migration and Livelihood Solutions.” 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?

All travel expenses and accommodation will be borne by the participants. WYA Africa will not finance accommodation. ONLY lunch and snacks will be provided for the 3 (three) days of the conference.

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 , national identity cards 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?

Payment Deadline : Kes 3500/USD 35  by Wednesday, 7th November 2018.

Kindly note, we have only 150 slots to allocate.

What is the dress code for the conference? 

The dress code is either formal or smart business casual.

Registration Form

Fees & Payments

The three day conference will cost Kes 3,500 /USD 35 

Registration for conference fees, the conference materials, lunch and a certificate for the three-day conference. Payments will be made upon WYA’s confirmation (an acceptance letter) to attend the conference. Applicants are required to make payments on or before Wednesday 7th November 2018 .


Through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by 7th November 2018. MPESA Business Number is 559066, with account number as ELC.


To World Youth Alliance Africa, delivered on or before Wednesday 7th November 2018.


Please include the following information when making a wire transfer

Details of Payment: Emerging Leaders Conference 2018
Bank Name: Stanbic Bank Limited
Account Name: World Youth Alliance Africa
Account Number: 0100005433527

AELC 2017 in Summary

The 2017 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) was the eighth (8th)to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa. The theme for the 2017 ELC was Population and Environment : The Role of Lawyers in Contemporary Society, Addressing the Migrant Question, and it took place at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda from Wednesday 4th to Thursday 5th October, 2017. The conference was conducted in English.

Photos of the 2017 ELC

AELC 2016 in Summary

The 2016 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) was the seventh (7th)to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa. The theme for the 2016 ELC was People and Environment : Sharing Youth Innovation and Best Practices, and it took place at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th November, 2016. The conference was conducted in English and had sign-language interpretation.

Photos of the 2016 ELC



AELC 2015 Delegate Testimonials


ELC Africa was a tremendous experience that enabled me to meet and interact with youth and emerging leaders from all over Africa. This experience made me feel and see that the dream of the Africa we want will definitely come true by the collective and integrated efforts of those bright young Africans. As in this era of globalization, people start to develop a common culture and values. It is our responsibility the youth and the future leaders to shape these shared culture and values through interacting and communicating in a global and international manner such as in the ELC to be able to direct the future of this global humanity into a safe, sustainable and prosper life.”

 – Hiba Abuelgasim, Sudan

The Africa ELC for me was a refreshing experience. It positively impacted me from the engagement with other young Africans, the open discussions and the learning sessions. Furthermore this period served to draw me close to WYA and her mandate as I gained a greater insight on the deeper need for dignity, solidarity and life; all these are intertwined with the mundane of what it is to be a person. I look forward to ELC 2016, viva WYA!”

– Patricia Ahawo Gwambo, Kenya

“The Africa ELC held at Strathmore University Nairobi, Kenya was a greatly thrilling and exciting experience for me. This was my first trip to another African country. The conference was a real eye-opener for me and for many of my new friends that I met at the conference. Note the inclusion of spiritual and family components, which is the hallmark and one of the back-bones of our African society and which has kept us strong thus far. I learnt concepts like the ‘inalienable dignity of the person’ and how it can be attained and violated, the need to respect our universe/environment, and life’s purpose. All our speakers and panelists were well versed in their fields and laid out their points clearly with a lot of humur, such that I left the conference feeling like a new “me”. Could I ask for a better conference? No. It was awesome.”

– Sarah Ogbewey, Nigeria

“I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to WYA Africa for giving me the opportunity to have participated in the 2015 ELC. The conference, as it was my first experience being out of my country Liberia, was an eye opener for me. I became a different person when I returned to my motherland. I no longer look at the continent Africa and the world in generally from the perspective of my Liberian cultural orientations. I now take into consideration the unique cultures of my fellow African counterparts from over ten countries on the continent. I have understood human dignity from an informed point of view. I have realized my potential as a young person and my role in my society which I think will help in shaping the future of my country, Africa and the world at large. I once again want to extol the WYAA for such a unique educative platform. Thanks!”

– Moses Yahmia, Liberia

The 2015 Africa ELC was informative and full of thought provoking insights on issues pertaining to youth empowerment on the African continent. For me, the epitome was the interactions among emerging African leaders from diverse walks of life. The common element I saw was the generation of young people with passion, drive and desire to invest their talents and skills for the better Africa. The next generation of leaders who are willing to think, believe, dream and dare in all their endeavours. Thanks to the organisers, it was a worthwhile experience!”

– John Bangwe, Zambia

At the 2015 Africa ELC, I found something more valuable than my initial expectations. The diverse group of young leaders from different countries and cultures was so integrative and promising. I was motivated, challenged and transformed through this educative initiative,  Human dignity is all what is needed to shape our Continent – Africa! Now I work on every strategy I heard at ELC – Africa and use every skills I gained at ELC to be a brightest future Leader of my continent Africa and impact others!! I’m very happy to be part of this unique experience and for the opportunity to meet outstanding people. Thanks to ELC. – Africa Organizers.”

– James Leonard Magumba, Tanzania

“First and foremost I would like to thank you all the WYA Team for the memorable event that you organized. 2015 ELC in African was one of its kind with best organizers ever hence fulfilling all my expectations.  ELC provided me with new skills on promoting the dignity of a person which matches with my education interest as well as my passion as someone who is passionate about human rights and child education. I managed to network with other emerging young leaders who have already made a difference in their respective communities and we committed to collaborate in different projects. Furthermore ELC has opened up doors for me whereby I was selected to participate in the Young African Leaders Initiative program at the regional level; a program that was initiated by Barrack Obama. All these come due to the skills and knowledge I got from our best and experienced speakers during the ELC 2015. It will always be an experience to remember!”

– Sylvia Kakyo, Uganda


Past Speakers



 About the Event

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is a unique educational program hosted by the World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP). A dynamic and interactive program, the ELC is designed for young individuals to learn about the salient issues of today and to know how to become effective youth leaders who can defend the dignity of every person.

Through a variety of talks, workshops, breakout group activities (plus a bit of dancing), participants gain the opportunity to learn from resource speakers and their co-delegates, as well as practice building networks and friendships with youth from the Asia Pacific region.

Grounded in the understanding that every person has inherent dignity, each ELC aims to prod the youth toward assessing how their daily actions and decisions affect their lives and the greater community and aim to enrich the youth’s knowledge on person-centered solutions to the world’s toughest problems.  


The 8th WYAAP ELC on Good Governance

“The common good arises from the person’s free and deliberate choice to pursue something beyond himself both for his own benefit and for the benefit of the community.” (Excerpt from the World Youth Alliance Declaration on Good Governance)

We believe that good governance is a shared and personal responsibility to use one’s freedom in upholding human dignity and in contributing to “the common good.” This 8th ELC, we aim to educate the youth about good governance in line with this approach of impacting society through personal responsibility and our freedom for excellence.  

Inner Heights approaches good governance on the level of the selfwho am I? What is my vision for myself? What message do I wish to communicate to others?—and on the level of the communityhow might we live in solidarity with one another? How might we uphold the truth? This 8th ELC will explore a reflective and interactive approach in order for each participant to access openness, creativity, and initiative.  

The ELC is open to Youth delegates ages 16 to 22, residing in Asia Pacific countries. Individuals above the age limit who wish to apply may do so and apply as an Educator, provided that they are accompanying at least one (1) youth delegate, and indicate the name of the person(s) they are accompanying on their application form. We will be selecting around 80 participants for the 8th ELC.


How to Apply

Fill out and submit the application form on this website before the deadline. All applications will be screened on a rolling basis and selected applicants will be notified upon review.

Regular Applications
Applications sent before September 22, 2019 (11:59 PM GMT +08)
PHP 7,900 for accepted delegates residing in the Philippines
USD $ 165 for accepted foreign delegates

Late Applications
Applications sent after September 22 until September 29, 2019 (11:59 PM GMT +08)
PHP 8,500 for accepted delegates residing in the Philippines
USD $ 170 for accepted foreign delegates

NOTE: Only accepted delegates are expected to settle the conference fee.

Fees are non-refundable.  

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The ELC through the Years

The WYAAP ELC has been implemented since 2012, covering topics related to Sustainable Development, the Family, Health and Education, Environment and Technology, and Migration and Development. Visit the links below to learn about the past ELCs.


Need a formal invitation to your school/university?

Send an e-mail to wyaap.conference@gmail.com to request a formal invitation letter to your school or university. Make sure to include the following information in your e-mail:

  • Full name of school/university (example: National University)
  • Full name of letter recipient (example: Maria Dapan)
  • Designation/position of the letter recipient (example: University President)
  • E-mail address of the letter recipient
  • Complete office address of the school/university


Testimonials from past ELC delegates

“[The] ELC has given me another reason to fight for different rights of all walks of life.” – Delegate, WYAAP ELC 2017 (Migration & Development)

“I traveled back to my city with so much joy and gratitude with me. Joy, because in three days, I got to know such beautiful people who have a similar passion for leading and being the agents of positive change. Gratitude, because in three days I was given the opportunity to learn so many things. I was given the chance to also be “upgraded” and become a better person than I was before.” – Delegate, WYAAP ELC 2016 (Environment & Population)

“#WYAAPELC2015 has come to an end. But for us delegates, it is just the beginning of being a #DignityDefender. I’ve very happy to be [a] part of this unique experience for giving me the opportunity to meet outstanding people.” – Delegate, WYAAP ELC 2015 (Youth and Education)  


View photos of the previous ELC here.

Read about the previous ELC here.


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Inner Heights

Day 1: November 24, 2019 Who am I?

09:00 AM Arrival & Registration
10:00 AM Mixer & Socials
11:00 AM Opening Ceremony Introduction to the Emerging Leaders Conference
12:00 PM LUNCH
01:00 PM Program Proper Icebreaker
01:30 PM Keynote Address & Introduction to the World Youth Alliance
02:30 PM Lesson 1: Good Governance and the Self
03:30 PM Workshop: Vision Mapping Breakout Dialogues
06:00 PM Assembly Reminders
07:30 PM Fellowship Night
08:30 PM End of Day 1


Day 2: November 25, 2019 What is my message?

07:00 AM Morning Exercises
09:00 AM Assembly Overview
09:30 AM Lesson 2: Strengthening the Individual
a.    Education
b.    Health
c.     Ethical Leadership
12:00 PM LUNCH
01:00 PM Workshop: Communicating Your Vision
02:30 PM Breakout Dialogues
06:00 PM Assembly Reminders
07:30 PM Fellowship Night
08:30 PM End of Day 2


Day 3: November 26, 2019 How might we live?

07:00 AM Morning Exercises
09:00 AM Assembly Overview
09:30 AM Lesson 3: Strengthening the Society
a.    The Family
b.    Truth & Dissent
c.     Gross National Happiness
12:00 PM LUNCH
01:00 PM Workshop: Effective Action Planning
02:30 PM Breakout Dialogues
06:00 PM Assembly Reminders
07:30 PM Solidarity Night
09:00 PM End of ELC

Program components may change without prior notice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at the ELC?

The WYAAP Emerging Leaders Conference is an interactive platform for youth aimed at educating individuals from different backgrounds about the central theme, and at building friendships among youth belonging to the Asia Pacific region.  

What makes it different from other youth conferences today?

The World Youth Alliance is an international youth organization known for its talented, hardworking, inspiring, and passionate people who have a big heart for making a concrete impact in their communities—all while having fun. Underneath this process of learning is the experience of being immersed in a culture of positivity and in an encouraging community of youth leaders. Participants can expect to leave the conference with new insights, new friendships, and a strange urge to dance.  

Is this opportunity for me?

In WYA, we believe that every person has dignity regardless of beliefs, backgrounds, or circumstance. We are committed to promoting this idea to other people and learning more about the human experience in order for us to understand and respect one another better. If you share these convictions and would like to provide a space for other youth to learn about and in turn live out these ideas, then perhaps this is the opportunity for you.  

How can I join the ELC?

Simply fill out the online application form found here. Complete and submit your form application before the deadline.  

When is the deadline for applications?

We will accept applications on a rolling basis until September 22, 2019 (11:59 PM GMT +08). This means that the sooner you apply, the sooner you will know the results of your application, and the sooner you could confirm your slot. Applicants who submit beyond the deadline on September 22 will be considered a late applicant and will need to settle a higher fee if selected.

Regular Applications PHP 7,900 ($ 165 USD)
For applications received before September 22, 2019 (11:59 PM GMT +08)

Late Applications PHP 8,500 ($ 170 USD)
For applications received after September 22 until September 29, 2019  (11:59 PM GMT +08)  

What does the fee include?

The registration fee will cover food, refreshments, and conference materials on the event day. Accepted applicants are expected to shoulder their own travel/transportation and lodging expenses.  

How will the payments be settled?

Note that only ACCEPTED applicants will be asked to pay the conference registration fee. Once accepted, you may settle your fee through bank deposit, online bank transfer, or PayPal. Bank/transfer fees are not included in the registration fee.  

Does WYAAP provide scholarships?

As of now, WYAAP does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants. We may, however, provide you with a request letter for sponsorships which you may use when looking for sponsors/donors for your trip. NOTE: Funding requests usually take days or weeks (depending on your school) so we highly advise that you request for this as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from us.  

Is the conference fee refundable?

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

Do I need a visa to enter the Philippines?

The Philippines offers a 30-day visa-free stay to several nationalities. Visit this link to view the complete list, and to view more information regarding the Philippine Visa.

Will airport transfers be provided?

All airport transfers will be shouldered by the participant. If you wish to make other travel plans before (and/or after the conference), feel free to do so at your own expense. Just remember that everyone is expected to register and arrive on time on the first day of the ELC.  

What is the dress code for the conference?

Delegates are expected to arrive in decent, business casual attire to maintain the professional atmosphere of the conference and to respect the cultural beliefs of other delegates and guests you will encounter. Casual wear such as jeans, slippers, sneakers, tank tops, shorts, and other revealing articles of clothing must not be worn during the conference. Gentlemen may wear slacks, long-sleeved or short-sleeved polo shirts (coat and ties, optional), and dress shoes. Ladies may wear decent dresses/skirts, slacks, non-revealing blouses or tops, blazers, and shoes.  

Do I need to prepare anything for the conference?

We will be sending pre-conference reminders and readings to accepted applicants, days before the conference proper. As delegates, you will be spending most of your time either listening to interesting talks or participating in group activities. It’s best to bring with you writing materials like a notebook and pen if you wish (in case the materials in your conference kit will not be enough for your notes). You’re also welcome to bring local/ethnic items (small tokens such as bracelets, key chains, or personalized notes!) that you might want to give to your new friends from other cultures on the last day of the event.  

Can WYA provide excuse letters since the conference will fall on a school day?

Yes! Just request for one by emailing us at wyaap.conference@gmail.com and send us the following information:

  1. School/University name
  2. School/University address
  3. Full name of your teacher/faculty/school admin member
  4. His/her position/job title
  5. His/her e-mail address

For more inquiries: E-mail us at asiapacific@wya.net, or visit the WYAAP office at 303 Xanland Place 323 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights Quezon City. Office hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays, except on Philippine holidays). You may also reach us via landline by calling +632 921 5162.

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About the Emerging Leaders Conference

Following the immensely successful 6th Emerging Leaders Conference held in Brussels last year, WYA Europe is delighted to announce its 7th edition. This year’s conference theme is Human Dignity and Bioethics and it will take place in Brussels from the 24th to the 28th of November, 2018.

While recognizing the importance of medical and technological development in upholding the value of every human life, the conference aims to provide Europe youth with accurate information on practices that violate person’s dignity, which must be cherished in custom, protected by law, and safeguarded in all settings within all levels of society.

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by World Youth Alliance Europe, which seeks to bring together young leaders, active members and youth advocates from across Europe to interact with policy makers, experts and leaders on current global issues. It also provides young individuals with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference in their own communities. Known for its intimate forum for dialogue, as well as intellectual formation via lectures and discussions, the ELC fosters a meaningful network of friendships based on a shared vision of the human person.

“Therefore, we call upon the members of the medical profession, ethicists, policy makers and all stakeholders at the local, national, and international levels to stand in solidarity with all persons particularly those in vulnerable situations to ensure that human dignity is protected at all stages of life. ” –WYA Declaration on Human Dignity and Bioethics


Saturday, November 24, 2018 / WYA Europe HQ / Venue TBC

14h00 – 15h00 Arrival and registration of participants
15h00 – 15h30 Official opening
15h30 – 16h00 Get to know the program and methodology
16h00 – 17h00 Get to know each other – icebreakers
17h00 – 19h30 Brussels tour
19h30 Walking dinner and free night in Brussels


Sunday, November 25, 2018 / Venue TBC / House of European History museum

10h00 – 11h30 Rediscovering European values: Case study on Euthanasia and Palliative care

• Training on the WYA White paper on Euthanasia by Hrvoje Vargić, Europe Director of Partnerships, World Youth Alliance

11h45 – 13h00 Media training “Emerging Leaders Standing up for Human Dignity”

• Getting the message across/reframing method, role-play and media statements

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch
14h00 – 16h30 “The History of Human Rights in Europe”

• Visit to the House of European History museum

18h30 – 21h30 Welcoming Cocktail and Certification ceremony


Monday, November 26, 2018 / Venue TBC

10h00 – 11h30 “Human Rights and Democracy in Practice: Case Study on Surrogacy”

• Training on WYA White paper on Surrogacy by Elisabeth Gudenus, Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Europe

 11h45 – 13h00 Simulation of the EP
13h00 – 14h00 Lunch
14h00 – 16h00 “Women’s Rights Today: A case for FEMM”

• Elisabeth Gudenus, Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Europe

16h15 – 17h30 Reflection on the learning outcomes
17h30 – 20h00 Intercultural dinner


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 / European Parliament

10h00 Visit to the EP
11h00 – 13h30 Panel and open discussion on “Threats to Human Rights in Europe: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide”

• Hrvoje Vargić, Europe Director of Partnerships, World Youth Alliance • Miroslav Mikolášik, Member of the European Parliament • Carine Brochier, European Institute of Bioethics • Gregor Puppinck, European Center for Law and Justice • Other speakers TBC

13h30 – 14h30 Lunch
15h00 – 17h30 Panel and open discussion on “Abuses of human Rights in Surrogacy practice”

• Elisabeth Gudenus, Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Europe • Elisabetta Gardini, Member of the European Parliament • Gregor Puppinck, European Center for Law and Justice • Caroline Roux, Alliance Vita • Other speakers TBC 

17h30 Free night in Brussels


Wednesday, November 28, 2018 / Venue TBC

10h00 – 12h00 Project lab: Emerging Leaders Changing the World 12h00 – 12h30 Final reflection on the learning outcomes 12h45 – 13h30 Conclusions, Final evaluation and awarding of the Youthpass certificates After 13h30 Departures *Please note, the program may be modified.

Participation fee: 50 € for the whole duration of the conference

Early bird participation fee (before October 5): 40 € This includes the admission to all the sessions of the ELC, which range from the conferences held in the European Parliament, lectures and panel discussions by expert speakers, negotiations of the declaration to be presented in the European Parliament, trainings, evening cocktail to much more. The Certificate of Participation, Conference Kit, other materials and brochures, snacks throughout conference, refreshments during the conference breaks are also included. Upon acceptance to the conference, payment instructions will be issued. All payment details will be sent to you in the confirmation e-mail. Participants may apply for a discount on the participation fee. The approval will be granted on an individual case basis, and is dependent on the applicant’s authentic need. All accommodations and travel before, during and after the conference will be care of the delegates.

As of now, WYAE does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants to cover their accommodations and travel expenses. In case of event cancellation, participants should keep in mind, when making travel arrangements, that any expenses made other than registration fees will not be reimbursed. Registration fees will be reimbursed as soon as possible. If the participant cancels more than 4 weeks before the start of the event, 50 % of the participation fee can be reimbursed to the participant.

If the participant cancels within 4 weeks before the start of the event, 10 € of the registration fee will be refunded. All refunds are made in euros. WYAE cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations or bank charges. If you have any further questions, please contact us at europe@wya.net.

Application process

The application process for attending the ELC 2018 is open now. The application deadline expires on Saturday, the 20th of October, 2018. To apply you must:

• Be from 18-30 years old

• Be residing in an European country

• Have a good level of English

• Submit an online application form

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

Online Application Form

About the Emerging Leaders Conference 2017

The 6th WYAE ELC has concluded!  The event brought together young people from across Europe to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘MIGRATION & DEVELOPMENT: Human Dignity in the Refugee Crisis’ and took place in Brussels from the 26th to the 29th November, 2017.  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. We would like to thank our delegates, volunteers, and partners who made this event a success!

Stay tuned for the next ELC!

Read about the 2015 ELC

Stay tuned for the next ELC!

Read about the 2015 ELC

The NA Emerging Leaders Conferences (ELCs) are an annual series of events hosted by WYANA, which seek to bring together critical thinkers from across North America to examine key issues. The conferences also provides young leaders with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference in their own communities. The theme for the 2018 ELC is The Modern Identity Crisis, with a focus on Bioethics.

Fall 2018 Conferences:

  • Oct. 5-6, 2018 | 2nd Annual ELC: Benedictine College, KS, USA
  • Oct. 26-27, 2018 | ELC: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Spring 2019 Conferences:

  • Jan. 26, 2019 | ELC: Fordham University, NY, USA
  • Feb. 9, 2019 | Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Apr. 13, 2019 | Harvard University, MA, USA
Jan. 26 | Fordham UniversityFeb. 8 | Prince Edward IslandApr. 13 | Harvard University

January 26, 2019 | ELC: Fordham University, New York City, New York

Register for the Fordham ELC Conference Schedule  

  • Fordham University Rose Hill Campus, Keating Hall
  • Conference Fee:  Students FREE, regular $20.00
  • Contact:  julia@wya.net

ELC Speakers

Peter Wicks is Scholar-in-Residence at the Elm Institute in New Haven, Connecticut. Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Dr. Wicks came to the United States as Jane Eliza Procter Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Graduate School before pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2010. After spending a year on a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton, Dr. Wicks taught in the Ethics Program at Villanova University as a Catherine of Siena Fellow. His main research interests are the contemporary applications of Aristotelian ethical and political thought and the intellectual foundations of utilitarianism. He is currently completing a book, The Ethics of Peter Singer: A Study of Utilitarianism in Theory and Practice, which examines the sources of the appeal of utilitarianism in contemporary culture through a critical examination of the work of the contemporary philosopher Peter Singer.    


Daniel Cruser MD, a native of Mountain Home, Idaho, is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy and earned his medical degree from the F Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.  He completed an internship in general surgery, residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology, and fellowship training in hematology. He served in the United States Army in various roles as student, physician, researcher, teacher, administrator, and commander, retiring as a colonel after 28 years of service.  His time in the army took him to interesting places including New York, Georgia, Texas, Washington DC, Indiana, Washington state, New Jersey, Kuwait, and Germany. In his current job he serves as chair of pathology at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie New York. His academic interests include leukemia and lymphoma diagnosis, medical education, and medical ethics.  His wife Mary, also a physician, has a private psychiatry practice in the local area. Together they have 8 wonderful children and 5 grandchildren.  


Christopher Tollefsen (University of South Carolina) is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.  Twice a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University, he is also a senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and the journal Christian Bioethics.  His books include Lying and Christian Ethics(Cambridge, 2014); Biomedical Research and Beyond(Routledge, 2009); and, with Robert P. George, Embryo: A Defense of Human Life(Doubleday, 2008).  He is a regular contributor to the on-line journal Public Discourse.  



Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she also directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of Catholic women in support of human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching. An expert on culture, faith, sexual morality, and gender ideology, Mary was the keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in both 2017 and 2018. She speaks frequently at national and regional conferences, her writing appears in a variety of scholarly publications, policy journals, and websites, and Mary is also a frequent commentator in global media on issues pertaining to women, Catholicism and culture.  Mary is the co-author of a recent book on public education: Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late and the editor of Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church. Before joining EPPC, Mary worked as an attorney and writer and served the Church for over twenty years in leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School, Mary is married to Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, and they have seven grown children and one grandchild.  


Nadja Wolfe joined WYA as Director of Advocacy in 2015. She oversees the organization’s advocacy efforts and serves as the main representative to the United Nations. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where she majored in Russian Area Studies and Theatre Arts, and William and Mary Law School. She is a native of Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. 




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Saturday February 9, 2019 | ELC: Prince Edward Island Canada, UPEI Chaplaincy Centre 

Register for the Fordham ELC Conference Schedule  

  • UPEI Chaplaincy Centre
  • FREE Admission
  • Contact:  julia@wya.net

Post-Conference Leadership Workshop | Sunday February 10, 2019 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

All are invited to a post-conference leadership workshop opportunity that will build on the concepts introduced during the conference.  Participants will collaborate in a small group setting to interactively study the philosophy of the human person and continue to discover how the value of human dignity serves as the foundation of authentic leadership and of a prosperous and flourishing society.  All are welcome! Please email Julia at julia@wya.net to RSVP.

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Saturday April 13, 2019 | Harvard University

Register for the Harvard ELC Conference Schedule  

  • Conference Fee: Students FREE, regular admission $30.00 (lunch included)
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ELC Speakers 

 Dr. Felix De Bie  is a young Belgian Medical Doctor. He graduated from the University of Namur (UNamur, Belgium) and the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium). He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Center for Fetal Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on a Fulbright scholarship. He there investigates prenatal treatment modalities for congenital malformations such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia and spina bifida. As a surgical resident, he cultivates a strong interest in pediatric and fetal surgery. “To be able to treat our most vulnerable patient; the fetus, as well as to contribute to the many research questions lying ahead of us” is what truly drives Felix in his medical career.


Rev. Paul W. McNellis, S.J.  is a member of the Philosophy Department at Boston College, where he has been teaching in the Perspectives on Western Culture Program since 2000. Before coming to Boston College he taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was director of their program in Political Philosophy.  His undergraduate studies were in Asian Studies at Cornell University. He did graduate studies at Oxford University, Fordham, the Gregorian University, the University of Munich, and Boston College. Before entering the Society of Jesus in 1977, he worked as a journalist in Vietnam and with Catholic Relief Services in Cambodia, where he was awarded the Chevalier du Sisowath by the Government of the Khmer Republic (Cambodia) for humanitarian service to Refugees.  He was commissioned an infantry second Lieutenant through Army OCS in 1969. He completed Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces training before his assignment to Vietnam. From 1970-71 he served as an infantry officer advising South Vietnamese Army units and Montagnard Scout Companies in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. During his combat tour, he was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” by the US Army, and the Cross of Gallantry twice, with Bronze and Silver Star, by the Republic of Vietnam.  His academic interests are political philosophy, ethics, and issues regarding the family. He has worked for many years with Project Rachel and the Pro-Life movement.  

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