We are all striving to leave our mark on the world. Young people have the passion, energy and vision to make a widespread positive impact. However, it is not enough to hold a title or position in society. Today’s world requires leaders with both moral and innovative capacities to tackle the greatest challenges to build and maintain sustainable peace and development.

The International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA) is a premiere program sponsored by the Global Peace Foundation and partners to gather leaders with a common vision for our global community, expanding their network and broadening their capacity as a leader, role model and change maker.

Here are three ways IYLA is making better leaders today:

“IYLA changed me forever. It made me see clearly what my purpose in life is. I have realized that I am the hope of this generation and that I should give them voice and address their cries to the world. Being an IYLA Global Ambassador is not only an honor, but a responsibility. I am ready to take the challenge.” – Mariene Lescano (Philippines)

1. Fosters moral and innovative leadership skills

IYLA’s distinctive perspective on youth leadership development fosters character and skills that are essential for young people striving to make a difference in their communities based on universally shared principles and values. This program advances both the moral and innovative aspects of leadership in youth for a new generation of leaders who work towards the well-being of greater society as a complement to individual ambition.

2. Expands the global network

Every year, IYLA gathers thousands of young people from more than 100 countries around the world. This provides young people with the unique opportunity to network with accomplished, like-minded individuals making a difference in our world right now! Not only do IYLA delegates make new friends, but also get the chance to work with others to advance solutions to the issues they are most passionate about.

Ayuk Ode with IYLA members3. Provides global perspective

Spending over a week with other young people from around the world, IYLA delegates share rooms, meals and life-changing conversations. Often described as it’s own “United Nations,” the diversity of delegates in IYLA brings the multiplicity of our global family to one place, a condensed opportunity to experience culture from around the world and bring us closer as one human family.

Learn more about IYLA.


The original post appears on Global Peace Foundation. Global Peace Foundation is an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, nonprofit organization, which promotes an innovative, values-based approach to peacebuilding, guided by the vision of One Family under God.  GPF engages and organizes a global network of public and private-sector partners who develop community, national, and regional peace building models as the foundation for ethical and cohesive societies. Dr. Hyun Jin Preston Moon is founder and chairman of the Global Peace Foundation.