5th WYAAP Emerging Leaders Conference on Upgrading Earth at Philippines, 2016

5th WYAAP Emerging Leaders Conference on Upgrading Earth at Philippines, 2016


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)

Location: Pasig City, Philippines.


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.

Conference Dates:

October 20 – 22, 2016 (Thursday to Saturday)

Conference Venue:

University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), Pasig City, Philippines

UA&P is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher learning that offers some of the most outstanding academic programs in Asia. It provides a powerful combination of liberal education and professional specialization. It is located at the heart of Ortigas, a central business district in Metro Manila.

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

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.


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.


Download the 5th WYAAP ELC_Application Form here.

Download the FAQs here.

For countries that do not require a Philippine visa, click here.

For more conference inquiries:

Visit the WYAAP office at 303 Xanland Place 323 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights Quezon City. Office hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mondays to Fridays.

Email wyaap.conference@gmail.com.

Call the WYAAP office landline at +63 2 921 5162.

Website: https://www.wya.net/programs/elc/#AsiaPacific-2



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