Youth-led community solutions showcased in new exhibit

CEBU CITY, Cebu – To translate their concern for their communities into meaningful action—this was the challenge posed to six youth groups from Naga City, Cebu, as they participated in Ayala Foundation’s Leadership Communities (LeadCom) project.

Inspired by their dreams for their communities, pre-screened project teams worked toward refining their projects, so they could become more responsive to the needs of their communities. As a culminating activity, participants are showcasing their community projects through an exhibit, which runs from March 21 to 28 at the Ayala Center, Cebu. Aside from showcasing the projects, the participants are using the exhibit as a venue to seek areas for collaboration and to gain the support of other local organizations.

The participants include young leaders from Balirong National High School, whose project involves bridging out-of-school youth into the Alternative Learning System program through seminars and symposiums; students from City of Naga Enhanced Special Science and Technology High School, who conducted research, with the help of open technology, on how to identify the best mangrove varieties that suit particular areas; students from Naga National High School, who are helping improve health and sanitation in an Aeta community, through the provision of artesian wells; students from Cebu Technological University – Naga, who are implementing sustainable livelihood projects; members of the Parish Youth Coordinating Council – Naga, who are helping provide better water sources for remote barangays; and members of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines – Naga City, Cebu, who stepped up their barangay’s anti-drug campaign.

“We are inspired by the passion and commitment of Naga’s youth to their community,” said Joie Lopez, senior director for Programs at Ayala Foundation. “What we are doing through LeadCom is to help them use their passion as a fuel for concrete, compelling, and collaborative solutions to community challenges.”

Starting in August 2014, the LeadCom participants took a journey of leadership and personal growth and realization through community service. During this seven-month journey, they were also linked to a support network, which could help their projects achieve greater scale and impact.

The Naga City, Cebu, run of LeadCom is supported by Mitsubishi Corporation and the local government of Naga City.

LeadCom 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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