Basilan youth take huge strides towards positive change in their communities

Twenty-eight youth leaders in Basilan are poised to become agents of positive change through the first Basilan Young Leaders Program (BYLP) 2015: the 28-day Challenge to LeadCom, a joint project of the Office of Regional Governor (ORG-ARMM), the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines, and Ayala Foundation, Inc.

BYLP aims to give representatives from 11 municipalities and 2 cities of Basilan the opportunity to become effective leaders by exposing them to community realities and providing them with insight and methodologies to address pressing issues within their community.

During the 28-day program which ran from March 9 to April 5, the fellows participated in plenary presentations, discussions, workshops, teambuilding activities, educational tours, and institutional visits to various important sites and offices all over the country.

On June 17, BYLP enters its second phase as the fellows become the initial participants of the Leadership Communities (LeadCom) program. An ongoing project of the Ayala Foundation, LeadCom trains and empowers community-based youth organizations by helping them design and implement projects that address their communities’ most pressing needs.

The program was born out of the commitment of Eisenhower Fellows ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman, Basilan Development Plan Executive Director Ariel Hernandez, and Ayala Corporation CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala to create development interventions in Basilan.

Other BYLP partners include DILG-ARMM, ARMM HELPS, CDO- Bangsamoro Youth Affairs, Office of the Deputy Secretary-ARMM, Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc., and the Western Command of the AFP (18th Infantry Battalion).

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