Ayala Foundation launches youth program in Bacolod City
Youth organizations in Bacolod City are coming together to identify sustainable solutions to challenges in their communities.
On April 29, 2014, Ayala Foundation formally launched its Leadership Communities (LeadCom) program in Bacolod City, a leadership program that aims to build in the youth a sense of shared responsibility for community challenges and taking the initiative in addressing them.
The program takes the Bacolod City youth organizations on a 7-month journey of leadership and personal growth and realization through community service. Fuelled by their dreams for their communities, pre-screed project teams work on refining projects to make them more responsive to the needs of their communities.
Participating youth organizations from Bacolod City are the Bacolod Volunteer Youth Leaders, a group of youth leaders from various barangays and schools, organized earlier this year to provide channels for youth development in the city in lieu of the SK; Project Binhi, a youth initiated storytelling movement for young deaf individuals; and Seed, a group of friends who are active student leaders in school and community organizations. Other youth organizations include the Bugkus Agustino of Colegio San Agustin; the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers of West Negros University; Rotaract Marapara; the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos; and the SMC Student Leaders, a mix of young professionals and student leaders that innovate indigenous materials from communities into items for possible social enterprise start-ups.
The first phase of LeadCom Bacolod begins with its Investigate and Ideate workshop, which runs from April 29 to 30 at the USLS Ecopark, Granada. Youth organizations will identify community problems and possible solutions which they can work on together as teams.
LeadCom Bacolod is sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation and the Local Governement of Bacolod City, and supported by the University of St. La Salle, The Dream Project PH, Rotary Club of Marapara, and the Sense Shop.
In the course of its 7-month implementation, the youth organizations will be linked to a network that can provide the necessary support to help bring more scale and impact to their projects.
“What’s important is that we provide the youth the support and guidance they need in implementing the projects that help address their community needs. Community stakeholder participation is a critical ingredient at every stage of the project, mobilizing collaboration and synergy among project players to achieve community ownership is the key to help implement their respective projects,” said Joseph Anthony Quesada, Youth Leadership program manager of Ayala Foundation.
The LeadCom program is a concrete expression of Ayala Foundation’s tagline “As One We Can,” where partners and stakeholders come and work together in the shared vision of helping communities become productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipinos.
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