IYLA USA 2014: National Constitution Center Forum

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

"The Lion Fighter" sculpture that seems to portray the daring spirit of our young leaders as we move to take on pressing global issues

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

With the spirit of Rocky Balboa in his famous training grounds, we raced up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Young global leaders on the move with an audacious spirit!

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

We toured Independence Hall to learn more about the founding of this nation and the real circumstances that the founders faced in drafting and implementing the founding documents

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Today started with a leadership program teaching the moral principles inherent in leading a nation. We chose the National Constitution Center as our venue to highlight the principles written in the U.S. founding documents, and discussing the successes and challenges of their implementation

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Magnificent quotes line the walls of the building: "The people themselves must be the ultimate makers of their own Constitution" -Theodore Roosevelt

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Meaningful connections so that we can support each other in the future!

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Meeting with speakers after the program. Making global connections

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

"Where do you find the motivation and drive to continue your efforts to change the world in spite of difficulties day after day?" -Shabieko Ivy

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Arthur of Malaysia asking about how the institution of slavery was able to be defeated in spite of theological justications

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Kevin McCarthy shares that his drive for his efforts comes from knowing he is loved by God

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

"Our founders knew that we could only have freedom if we were able to govern ourselves." -Kevin McCarthy

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Dominic Platino Flores shares his vision for the Philippines, focusing on moral and transformational leadership

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

"Leadership is not about standing behind a microphone. It's about understanding the sacrifices that need to be made and being willing to take them on." -Melinda Sanchez

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

“My vision is to make a peaceful society in my country and resolve all conflicts related to religion.” –Younis Mehwish

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Our illustrious blogger with the Philadelphia skyline. Read her intriguing blogs at: http://www.iyla.info/#!news/c5tb

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

The flags of all 50 states magnificently decorate the main area of the National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Local young leaders from Philadelphia joined us for this momentous learning experience

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Kevin McCarthy of the Coalition for American Renewal presents "The Declaration & Constitution: Civil & Religious Freedom", outlining the principles and values that were implied in these two founding documents of the US, and how this example moral and innovative leadership in the nation's founding became an unprecedented model of a representative democracy.

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

"MLK referred to the promissory note that needed to be cashed. To become a nation that can implement its ideals, we need to recognize that secular efforts alone are not enough. We need the companionship with the faith community and our Creator" -Rev. Dr. Malcolm T. Byrd, Interim Director of the city of Philadelphia's Faith-based Initiatives.

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

"Integrity & moral leadership were the most important ethics for me during my tenure in public office" -Wilson Goode

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia, and the first black mayor of the city, takes the stage

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Our moderator and IYLA USA 2013 alumnus, Melinda Sanchez

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

“My vision is to have a world of one family. We need people who take action. We need people who serve the community. In doing so we can change the world.” -Luke Yakawich