WYA FOUNDATION INC

New York, NY   |  www.wya.net

Mission

The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. We train young people to work at the regional and international levels to impact policy and culture. Through this lived experience of the dignity of the person, young people are able to affirm life at all levels of society.

Ruling year info

2002

President

Lord Pomperada

Main address

228 E 71st Street

New York, NY 10021 USA

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13-4196230

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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Advocacy

ADVOCACY

Defending human dignity at the international level. 

The WYA promotes the dignity of the human person at international institutions—including the United Nations, the European Union, and the Organization of American States—where that dignity is frequently threatened.

• Participating at the United Nations: The goal of WYA’s advocacy work at the UN, the world’s major international organization, is to ensure that all outcome documents respect and affirm the dignity of the person and respect and affirm the tremendous value of human life. 

• Working with the European Union: As a political and economic union comprising twenty-seven member states, the European Union makes laws, reports, and financial decisions that directly affect hundreds of millions of people. As with the United Nations, WYA works to advocate for human dignity at the European Commission and European Parliament.

• Engaging the Organization of American States: WYA is a registered civil society organization with the OAS, comprising thirty-five independent states of the Americas, and participates at the annual OAS General Assembly meetings and regional summits. 

• Issuing declarations and statements: WYA’s declarations and statements outline our vision and position on issues of global concern. They have influenced national governments at the United Nations and at home and have provided a foundation for crafting national laws and policies that respect the dignity of the person.

• Providing research: The World Youth Alliance issues white papers that provide straightforward analyses of the most salient topics in global health and policy discussions and equip civil society with accurate information about the law.

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EDUCATION

Providing education on the dignity of the person.

• The globally implemented WYA Training Program develops members’ understanding of the dignity of the person and its implications. 

• The International Solidarity Forum is an annual week-long training event for WYA’s most committed and involved members. Past forums have examined good governance, women and development, HIV/AIDS, the environment, international development, and bioethics. 

• Regional Training Events: WYA’s regional offices host events and seminars, including the annual Regional Emerging Leaders Conference, to promote a deeper understanding of the idea of the dignity of the person. 

• The World Youth Alliance UN Leadership Training is a three-day program offered to university students. It provides an introductory session and hands-on experience with global diplomacy, the philosophy of human rights, and other issues in discussion at the United Nations. 

• A week-long getaway for high school students, the WYA Summer Camp serves as a place for students to meet new young people and develop friendships grounded in WYA’s mission.

• Enrollees in the WYA Internship Program work at the organization’s New York headquarters and live with other interns from different regions for a period of three months.

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Cultural Projects

Experiencing the idea of the dignity of the human person through concrete projects.

The World Youth Alliance believes that the arts provide an avenue to experience the transcendent—and that beauty is an objective good that draws individuals into deeper contemplation of their human condition and the nature of the world. WYA’s cultural and arts-focused initiatives highlight the transcendent nature of the human person and the possibility of intercultural solidarity. 

• Each year, WYA hosts the Manhattan International Film Festival to gather the work of young film directors committed to portraying authentic accounts of the human experience. 

• The World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra provides an opportunity for young musicians to explore their personal and professional responsibility as musicians in today’s world. 

• WYA hosts its annual International Arts Forum as a way of articulating the relationship between art and the dignity of the human person. The event gathers artists from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds, and engages scholars, supporters, and critics in dialogue about the relationship between art and the human person.

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The World Youth Alliance aims to promote the dignity of the person by building a global coalition of young people able to articulate, defend and live the dignity of the person in their lives and influence the communities and world in which they live.

The World Youth Alliance works to understand and speak about the idea of the human person. We work with young people around the world to build a culture that supports and nurtures the dignity of each human person. We do through three key program areas: Advocacy, Education and Culture.

In Advocacy, the World Youth Alliance participates directly at the United Nations, European Union, and Organization of American States.

- Our advocacy work equips young people to work on critical topics that we face today.
- We provide research and fact sheets on current international policy issues.
- We prepare statements on topics that have been discussed and negotiated by our members at the UN.
- We provide training on international relations and foreign diplomacy for members
- We work one-on-one with delegates to develop person-centered policies and language proposals for international negotiations
- We organize advocacy conferences on international policy themes and our annual International Solidarity Forum at the UN.

In Education, the World Youth Alliance’s educational programs equip students of all ages with the resources, training and intellectual formation to promote the dignity of the human person. We offer a wide selection of both formal and informal educational and training programs to develop a deeper understanding of human dignity. Our material is designed to be adapted to different communities and ages as needed. Some of our programs include:

- Online and Offline Training Programs
- Internships
- International Solidarity Forum
- the Human Dignity Curriculum

We also hold training events and provide learning material such as:

- Emerging Leaders Conference
- WYA Book List
- WYA Film List

In Culture, the World Youth Alliance provides culture and art programs for integral human development. This includes our Manhattan International Film Festival.

Our 20th birthday on March 2019 was a festive time for the WYA community. It was spent reconnecting with WYA members and alumni who flew in from all over the world. A highlight of the March events was the official film screening of the Not for Profit Documentary. It traced the experiences of the individuals who established the first five WYA regional offices. The documentary showcased how WYA’s story was and continues to be a story of hope. 20 years after Anna Halpine chose to stand up for the dignity of the person, this commitment in WYA members remains ablaze.

Our members continue to turn to the place where they first fell in love with learning about the dignity of the person: the Certified Training Program (CTP). Their excitement to launch the Training of Trainers (TOT) Program, a module that equips our best certified members to teach the CTP, gained great speed. It resulted to an online version of the TOT program, which was quickly piloted by active Chapter leaders who already had a group of peers waiting to dive into the material.

As 2019 progressed, so did the TOT’s expansion. Active members continued to ask how they can continue contribute to WYA’s mission. An outcome of this was the eventual release of the TOT Trainer Levels where CTP Trainers are assessed according to what kind of trainer they can be. Level 3 Trainers, the highest tier, are given the chance to be trained on how to check submissions.

It has been the solution to our good problem of keeping up with the increasing number of young people who want to learn about the dignity of the human person. But on their end, trainers would express that the chance to re-encounter the CTP provides nourishment and helps them navigate how they live and lead today.

The CTP, now complimented by the TOT, revitalized the WYA Chapter and Committee landscape in 2019. A prime example of this was the great growth in chapters and trainees led by the newly opened WYA Southeast Europe (a chapter turned office located in Croatia). Members in both old and newly opened Chapters and Committees now aspire to be trainers after the CTP. The fire lit and kept on in learning that their WYA journey is just beginning. This gave way to an abundant 2019, with our target number of new Chapter and Committee surpassed.

The shift to an online platform has also been applied to the WYA internship program. The internship, a key program that allows us to train our members in a professional setting, has been essential in forming leaders all over the world. Our stellar roster of founding directors has proven this and points to the value of making the internship accessible more than ever. Fortunately, the launch of the WYA externship in 2018 continued its trajectory with our target numbers exceeded for 2019.

We look forward to seeing what the next 20 years will bring!

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WYA FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 6/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ann Seabright

Ann Seabright

Anna Halpine

Timothy Flanigan

Jean-Baptiste de Franssu

Elisabeth Hohenberg

Caroline Maingi

Jean-Hugues Monier

Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski

Lord Pomperada

Oliva Raw

Jesús Rivera

Vincenzina Santoro