Etna Teen Joins International Gathering of Leaders

Global Young Leaders Conference Tackles International Concerns

Washington DC - Mr. Robbert Wijtman of Etna will join young leaders representing more than 80 countries worldwide during the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC), July 1 to 13, 2005 in Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. GYLC is a unique leadership development program for secondary school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Wijtman will be among 400 outstanding scholars from across the globe to attend the conference.

The theme of GYLC is The Leaders of Tomorrow Preparing for the Global Challenges and Responsibilities of the Future. Wijtman will interact with key leaders and newsmakers with powerful influence over politics, finance, culture, and diplomacy, and will take part in a carefully designed curriculum, which includes thought-provoking simulations that build leadership skills.

“The Global Young Leaders Conference aims to provide students like Robbert Wijtman with the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students from around the world to both study and resolve global conflict,” said Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC) the organization that sponsors GYLC.

“When ideas and points of view are shared, the true results of the Conference are realized.”

GYLC culminates with the Global Summit, in which students apply what they’ve learned throughout the Conference as they debate, negotiate and build coalitions dealing with issues such as foreign aid, global warming and cooperative efforts in space, terrorism and human rights. Other highlights of the program include presentations by leaders from the international community, visits to embassies and international organizations, as well as explorations of European cities that are global centers of business and diplomacy.

CYLC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. Founded in 1985, the Council is committed to fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential. More than 400 members of the U.S. Congress join this commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors. In addition, over 40 embassies participate in the CYLC Honorary Board of Embassies. To date, more than 200,000 young people have taken part in the Council’s programs.

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