Emerging Leaders Conference and Essay Competition, October 20 – 22 2016, University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), Pasig City, Philippines

Publish Date: Jul 26, 2016

Deadline: Aug 19, 2016

Event Dates: from Oct 20, 2016 12:00 to Oct 22, 2016 12:00

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 exchange. 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.


On its fifth year, the WYAAP Emerging Leaders Conference will focus on the theme, Upgrading Earth: Maximizing Technology and Innovation for People and Planet. The earth is our home, and we are its greatest source for development. The best way to ensure that the youth and future generations live harmoniously in a thriving world is to harness our creative potential in protecting our environment. As we face an era of continuous technological discovery and advancement, we must empower each other in sparking social and environmental progress through innovation. But how can technology help the environment? How can the youth greet challenges of a rapidly changing world?
This year, WYAAP is also launching its first Emerging Leaders Conference Essay Competition. Winners will be given a special conference discount, as well as an opportunity to present their essays at the ELC.

Application Process

  • All interested participants must submit their completed application form to wyaap.conference@gmail.com on or before the deadline of submission: August 19, 2016 for ELC Essay Competition applicants, and August 31, 2016 for regular applicants. You will be notified via email or phone if you have been accepted to the conference.
  • Once accepted, conference details and payment procedures will be will be sent via email.
  • Accepted applicants must settle the conference fee on our before the deadline to confirm their slots.

Fees and Deadlines

ELC Essay Writing Competition Deadline – August 19, 2016 (Friday), 11:50PM (GMT +8)

Regular Applications Deadline – August 31, 2016 (Wednesday), 11:50PM (GMT +8)

Payment Deadline – September 23, 2016 (Friday)

  Local Participant International Participant
ELC Essay Writing Competition Winners (20 only) PHP 3,900.00 USD 115.00
Regular Applicants PHP 4,300.00 USD 125.00

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

Fee Inclusions

  • Meals and Snacks throughout the conference
    • Lunch from October 20 – 22
    • Morning and Afternoon Snacks from October 20 – 21
    • Dinner on October 21
    • Morning Snacks on October 22
  • Conference Kit (shirt included) and Other Materials

All accommodations and travel before, during and after the conference will be care of the delegates.

WYAAP ELC Essay Writing Competition

In celebration of the fifth year of the WYAAP ELC, we will be launching the ELC Essay Writing Competition open to all interested ELC delegates. Twenty (20) applicants with the best essay answers will be chosen and awarded with a special conference fee discount. The top three (3) ELC Essay Writing Competition Winners will be given the opportunity to present their essays at the conference as part of the program.

Essay question

Describe your biggest weakness from your point of view, and describe your greatest achievement from another person’s point of view.


40% Content
30% Relevance to WYA beliefs
20% Composition and writing style
10% Grammar

How to join

The ELC Essay Competition is open to all interested delegates of the ELC. Simply download the application form and submit your accomplished form to wyaap.conference@gmail.com on or before August 19, 2016 (Friday) 11:50 PM (GMT +8).

Late submissions will not be considered for the competition, but will still be considered for ELC participation

October 20, Thursday: What Should I Know?

(8:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Opening Keynote: Why Should I Care?

The Status of Our Environment (Plenary)

Innovation for Social Good (Plenary)

Modern Technology: Developing Smart Cities (Panel)

Traditional Technology: Nurturing Cultural Heritage (Plenary)

October 21, Friday: What Can I Do?

(8:00 AM – 10:00PM)

Feed Your Curiosity: Environment Preservation Areas (Breakout Sessions)

Know Your Tools: Mobilizing Change (Breakout Sessions)

Solidarity Night

October 22, Saturday

(8:00AM – 4:00PM)

Youth and Government (Plenary)

Green Businesses: Purpose-Driven Ideas (Panel)

Closing Keynote: Make Your Ideas Happen

Closing Remarks and Distribution of Certificates

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