71 Emerging Youth Leaders Attended the Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities (YES-C) Program in Baguio Philippines
71 emerging youth leaders were gathered in Baguio City to learn about how to use social media to empower communities through a 2-day workshop held at at Consuelo Center for Leadership and Social Innovation, CFSPI Baguio City. (More photo here)
The workshop was part of the Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities (YES-C) Program organized by the Child and Family Service Philippines, Inc (CFSPI) in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America – Manila.
The participants were high school students and out-of-school youths of different religion and ethnicity who were gathered together to create a lasting network linking youth leaders with community leaders in Baguio to develop these youth leaders into responsible and productive citizens of their city. (See my previous post on a similar project where I was privileged to be part of the Generation Change Project held in Davao City, Philippines)
Each participant was given access to a tablet to document examples of constructive community leadership and to help support the social media training. They were also taught on how to get started blogging.
Together with Jay de Jesus (the lead facilitator and social media guru) and Luke Meinzen, we’ve discussed about the importance of being response when using online tools such as blogging and social media platforms and how they could best use these platform in expressing themselves and empowering their community.
Youths Interviewing the US Ambassador to the Philippines – Philip Goldberg
To get started, each group was given an opportunity to meet with the US Ambassador to the Philippine, Philip Goldberg and ask him questions. The participants then shared their thoughts about the interview through their newly created blogs.
In the course of the program, the participants will then submit proposals for community outreach projects. The teams with the best proposal will get a mini-grant which will be awarded at the Youth Summit in Manila at the end of the program.
These types of programs definitely help train, inspire and motivate the youth to think of ways on how they could create change in their society and how they can be catalysts of such change.
(Special thanks to Jay de Jesus for the opportunity, Eren Joy “Ej” Bautista and all the facilitators and mentors for making the workshop such a success and breeze!)