Sirang Kabataan! #YourCareerGoals 2018
Maria Joelyca O.
Leyte, Samar, Biliran

A mismatch education and skills in the labor market is cited as one of the leading factors of youth unemployment in the country. Based on the 2015 PSA data, Eastern Visayas has a high underemployment rate of 23.2% due to job mismatch. Hence there is a critical need for the youth in the region to be fully equipped with knowledge, skills and attitude as they plan their career and eventually enter the world of work.

Ma. Aura Eugenia
Passi City, Iloilo

Education should enable all children in line with their abilities, to live full and independent lives so that they may be able to contribute to their communities, work harmoniously with other people while continuing to learn. There are several aspects to the development of Children with special educational needs such as personality, communication (verbal and non-verbal), resiliency and strength, appreciation and enjoyment of life and desire to learn. The overall goal is to produce well equipped Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSEN’s) with the skills necessary for possible job employment or self sustaining livelihood and to actively participate in Paralympics or Special Olympics. The project also aims to maximize the potentials and abilities of LSEN’s, where they shall be involved in activities, that will hone and develop their skills both in sourcing their own income and their talents in sports. By initiating Transitory Classes and Sports Development trainings, we will be able to uplift the living conditions of our target beneficiaries.

Negrosanon Young Leaders Summit 2019
Kevin G. Gaitan
Negros Occidental

The summit is a 5-day boot camp organized to address the prevailing social issues and concerns in the Province of Negros Occidental to harness the potential which our youth possesses. Further, it envisions an empowered youth towards fulfilling their roles and responsibilities in building a morally and spiritually upright society inspired to contribute in making this country a great nation by providing them with leadership trainings, team building seminars and workshops. It sets out to help young people make a difference and become positive catalysts for change—in their home, school, workplace, and community – through leadership and action.

UpSkilled! Upgrading of skills through education; a leadership training for the Sangguniang Kabataan of Negros Occidental
Katherine Maguad
Bacolod City

The proposed project is a leadership training series for the SK officers and youth members of the Katipunan ng Kabataan from the consultative assembly to formulation of Barangay Development Plan to implementation of programs and the monitoring and evaluation. The pilot area is the community of Brgy. Robles in La Castellana where YSEALI Alumna Thel Geollegue is the SK Chair. The project hopes to train and mentor a pool of youth leaders and the community youth leaders to ensure a reformed SK leadership. We hope to capacitate the youth in the fields of leadership, civic engagement, environmental conservation and good governance

River of Life Initiatives Behavior Change Entrepreneurship Knowledge Product Development for Survivors of Drugs, Trafficking and HIV in the Visayas: An Aftercare Empowerment Project
Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo
John Piemont Montilla

The project will serve as a social preparation activity to support the larger initiative of KGPP to build its proposed aftercare facility for reintegration complementing government interventions and implement its ROLi program to effectively contribute to the local response to HIV/AIDS, Drug Abuse, and Trafficking in the Visayas. The project will develop one knowledge product comprised of a River of Life Initiatives Survivor Engagement Module, video footages ready for short-documentary film development and case studies of inspiring stories of change ready for publication and a Behaviour Change Entrepreneurship Training for 20 selected survivors of Drugs, Trafficking and HIV with their respective services providers and program implementers. It also seeks to create a documentation of ROLi as an example of good practice contribution to the “No One Left Behind” Imperative of the SDG 2030 Agenda.

Dr. Profetiza I. Maatubang

A small Aeta community composed of 25 households is located at Bulwang, Numancia, Aklan. As an indigenous group of people are usually in the side than in the mainstream feeling of inferiority and poor appreciation of their cultural heritage have a big contribution on their slow empowerment to be actively involved in the affairs of the society. Thus, even though children attend the public school system, they have a low academic achievement. This project proposes a community-based learning center together with identified needs-based programs not only for children but also for adults and parents. Although the main recipient of the program are the children, the proponent believes that community empowerment require all the sectors of the community. Hence, programs like after school classes, remedial reading, writing and computing, TESDA related programs, livelihood, arts and music, and even character formation will be offered as inclusion to the project. The expected outcomes are to increase academic achievement of Aeta children in school, being proud of their heritage, other sources of livelihood, and positive health practices at the end of March 2019.

Cebu Youth Debates
Cebu City
William Robert Hermosisima Yasi

Similar in structure to the Cebu Eco-Youth Debates, the Cebu Youth Debates is a five-year project wherein the USGAA Cebu Community will organize a debate tournament for the different high-schools in Metro Cebu every year. Each year will feature a different theme and the debate motions and speaker topics will revolve and discuss that specific theme for the year. The planned topics are: Gender (2018), Peace (2019), Education (2020), Development (2021) and Government (2022).

Watering Seeds: Economic Education for the Next Generation
Iloilo City
Maebelle Joy Alolong

To conduct talks/activities to educate Secondary Students of Financial Literacy and importance of Financial Education and Management. With over 200 plus secondary public educational institutions in Iloilo, we will focus on conducting municipality wide activities where currently there are 42 municipalities, each are different in socio-economic capacity, the activities will be customized based on the municipality. There will be a system of learn and teach with standard presentation to reach all students.

BULAWAN – Crafting Treasures for the Planet
Sipalay, Negros Occidental
Jerick H. Lacson

Bulawan is a social enterprise which targets to provide alternative livelihood opportunities to 50 housewives in Sitio Can-arao, Barangay Cabadiangan, Sipalay City Negros Occidental. The concept of the enterprise is to repurpose and upcycle sanitary landfill wastes such as plastic bottles, sando bags, and discarded wood and turn it into souvenir bracelets where each item will be packaged ‘eco-creatively’ and will convey the stories of hope of the mothers, the culture of the people, and a message on environmental awareness. The production facilities and area of the enterprise will be housed in Sipalay City Eco-Center and will be incubated for six months and is targeted to be self-sustaining afterward. This social enterprise is a sustainable solution to the five dominant issues under the social, economic, and environmental sectors; empowerment to women, additional income to the farming-dependent households, upcycling of wastes, environmental awareness to the buyers, and diversification of shell-made local souvenir industry.

Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo
Jarrah Brillantes

#LifeGoals is a 6 month youth opportunity and development program for young athletes of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. This project will work hand and hand with Tamasak Football Club to train 20 – 30 teen athletes from poor families in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. This initiative will support young atheletes from the said town to undergo 5 months comprehensive football training and with exposure trips. The young athletes will be under the closely supervised and trained by seasoned football players in the province of Iloilo.