The WYA training was created at the request of staff members interested in the reading list used by Anna Halpine to prepare training seminars and advocacy work. This need for formation continually grows as WYA’s advocacy work acquires a more pressing nature and people begin to come to the organization from increasingly diverse backgrounds.
General purpose of the training
To help our members:
-understand and analyse today's most pressing issues from the perspective of dignity, freedom, and solidarity
-promote and defend policies centered on the dignity of the human person at international and national levels
-foster a culture of life in all activities and actions of our members
Specific purpose of the training
Training members allows the staff to identify those members who can be responsible for running WYA projects. Such projects include spearheading regional committees or campus groups, attending commissions and other advocacy events, and becoming interns. It is especially important to have a wide geographic range of well-trained committee members, to ensure that any event undertaken is according to the best practices of WYA.
The training is graded to improve the staff’s ability to identify the more capable members. A certain grade and level of training may be required for applications to various activities.
The new structure comprises three sets of training: an introductory course, which is mandatory for members interested in advocacy, internships, the ISF and other international events, and two specialized courses on particular issues.
General Guidelines for Grading
Members should be able to understand the documents’ key concepts, work with UN Language, and creatively connect the main idea to human dignity.
It is recommended that the word limit for most answers be about 500 words. There will be an answer key at the end of each chapter.
a. 95 and above: The best answers will connect the ideas presented in the readings with an example of a case study and offer solutions centred around the dignity of the human person. This member could apply to help with training discussions, attend the ISF and other advocacy events, and be a camp counselor and an intern.
b. 85 to 95 - Good answers, though missing a clear connection between the main idea, the case study and clear usage of UN Language. This member could apply to attend commissions, the ISF, or an internship.
c. 85 and below - Somewhat good answer but has not fully understood the ideas behind our work and would need further discussions of the readings. It is not recommended that these members do advocacy or become a camp counselor.