Empowering Future Leaders with Workshop on How to Use Social Media to Empower Communities

Emerging Youth Leaders in Baguio Social Media Workshop

71 Emerging Youth Leaders Attended the Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities (YES-C) Program in Baguio Philippines

Emerging Youth Leaders in Baguio Social Media Workshop

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.

Social Media to Empower Communities Workshop in Philippines

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.

US Ambassador Visits Baguio Talks with Youth

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!)

You + Davos + Social Good: A #2030Now Perspective on the Global Agenda

Davos Social Good Global Conversation

What is You+Davos+SocialGood? A #2030Now Perspective on the Global Agenda

Davos Social Good Global Conversation

Date: January 14, 2014
Time: 7:30 am EST –5:00 pm EST
Hashtags: #2030Now, #WEF

As global attention turns to the World Economic Forum in Davos later this January, the +SocialGood community invites experts, leaders, innovators, UN and government representatives, and civil society –people like you–to participate in a one-day global conversation and social media surge on January 14, 2014.

It will take place one week ahead of this convening to raise awareness, drive action and share best practices about the global agenda. It will be eight hours of digital conversation and creative action.


Using the theme of #2030Now, these 30-minute twitter chats, G+ Hangouts and Facebook chats will allow people to offer concrete ideas about advancement being made as we collectively power global progress over the next 15 years –including how we can effectively support the next set of global development goals and create sustainable solutions by looking towards the world we want in 2030.
A conversation this important needs everyone’s attention.
We need you!

Questions that will be part of the conversation:
1. What should world leaders, policy makers and influencers be thinking about as they prepare for high level conversations atDavos?
2. What innovations and emerging technologies are powering progress towards global goals?
3. How are new voices and perspectives shaping the global conversation —and thereby reshaping our world?

Schedule of Social Media Events:

7:30am Google Hangout: Introduction to WEF discussion

Location: +SocialGood Google+ Page

9:35-10:45am Livestreamed Event: Panel I of Diplomatic Courier’s “The World in 2050” event

Location: +SocialGood Livestream, National Press Headquarters

10:30am Twitter Chat: Development Goals: 2015 and Beyond

LocationUnited Nations Foundation Twitter

11:00am Twitter Chat: Africa Rising: how technology is nurturing New Power in Africa

Location: Host Esther Agbarakwe’s Twitter, @estherclimate

12:00pm Twitter Chat: Staying One Step Ahead of the (Keeling) Curve: Technology, Innovation, and Climate Science

Location: United Nations Foundation Twitter

1:00pm Google Hangout: Developing a Healthier Tomorrow

Location: +SocialGood Google+ Page

1:30pm *Pending* Twitter Chat: Jeff Sachs Discusses the Global Agenda

LocationUnited Nations Foundation Twitter

2:00pm Google Hangout: “Youth, Innovation, and Society”

Location: United Nations Foundation Google Hangout

2:30pm Google Hangout: Being the Change for Climate Change:

Location: +SocialGood Google+ Page

3:00pm Google Hangout: Big Issues Facing Countries Big & Small

Location: United Nations Foundation Google Hangout

3:30 Google Hangout: The Reshaping of the World: Shifting Power from Traditional Hierarchies to Networked Heterarchies

Location: Host Tomás de Lara’s Google+ Page

4:30pm Twitter Chat: You+Davos+SocialGood Wrap-Up

Location: +SocialGood Twitter

Having attended the Women Deliver and Plus Social Good Launch in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia last May 2013, I highly suggest everyone to take part of this event.

For updates, follow @plus_socialgood on Twitter and Facebook.
#2030Now, #WEF


Mean Stinks: Secret’s Photo-Sharing Mobile Campaign Against Bullying

Mean Stinks Secret Anti Bullying Campaign

Secret Campaign Against Bullying: Mean Stinks

I have a confession. I was a victim of bullying when I was in grade school. There were times when I would think about not going to school because I knew that the moment I would step into our classroom, I would be made fun of. It was one of the darkest moments of my life.

Secret Campaign Against Bullying

However, one day I realized that I had the power to stop it.

Someone had to stand up against them, or they’ll keep bullying other kids. It wasn’t easy but with the thought in mind that all of God’s children are equal, I decided to first defeat the beast in me. I forgave those kids and made them feel that despite what they did, I still love them.

Then came high school, that’s when I truly stopped the bullying. I stood up and tried to become good in school so that all those who belittled me will eventually look up to me.

Somehow I think it worked. My teachers started to notice the areas where I excel in and gradually I became more active in my school activities. I realized that the only way to stand up and fight the bullies is to make them feel that they don’t have power over you. The more they see you cry, the more they give you reasons to.

That’s why I’m so happy to see an initiative from Secret called “Mean Stinks”. It contains tips and inspiration for girls to #gangupforgood and fight teenage bullying.

Secretly has also recently launched a new mobile campaign using Snap’s mobile app that encourages teenagers to customize photos and spread an anti-bullying message to their friends and family.

Secret is partnering with Condé Nast’s Teen Vogue on the initiative. According to Vivian Rosenthal, CEO/founder of Snaps, “Secret and Teen Vogue’s demographic largely consists of teens, an age group that has a strong presence with mobile engagement on all major social platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.”

The campaign, which is part of the wider “Mean Stinks”, requires teenagers to download the Snaps App, where they are prompted with a call to action promoting the campaign.

Pictures are then shared on the Snaps app under the brand’s page and can also be sent to friends and family via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and email.

Here’s an Account of Emergency Relief from Various Countries for the Typhoon Haiyan Survivors [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Much Other Countries Have Donated for Typhoon Haiyan

Donations poured in from various countries in order to help aid the victims and survivors of typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda).

Below is a breakdown of those donations. We hope that our government will ensure that they go straight to the very people who badly need the help and right recipients.

How Much Other Countries Have Donated for Typhoon Haiyan


If you live outside the Philippines and wish to donate, here’s a chart on how you can do so.

Image via Philippine Star / AFP

[CHART] Here’s How You Can Help Typhoon Haiyan Victims If You Live Outside the Philippines

Ways to Help Typhoon Haiyan Yolanda in Philippines

List of organizations you can donate to typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda) if you’re not in the Philippines

If you want to help those affected by the devastating typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) but currently living outside of the Philippines, below is a chart of ways you can help!

If you’re not in the Philippines

How to Donate to Typhoon Haiyan Victims Philippines

(Photo seen via Christian Besler on LinkedIn, let me know if this yours so I could attribute accordingly)

For direct links, CNN has put together a list of How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors

If you’re in the Philippines

Corporations such as Petron and LBC have activated their branches to serve as drop-off centers.  Below are announcements from Santi Araneta, CEO of LBC Express and Petron Corporation, respectively.

If you want to donate directly to each city

If you want to help locally, below are direct ways to donate to local groups and organizations:

To help Aklan, coordinate with Sagip Aklan
To help Iloilo, coordinate with Iloilo Bloggers
To help Cagayan de Oro, Davao and other nationwide centers, check out this Yolanda PH Donation and Relief Operations Information put together by Cagayan de Oro Bloggers, the Mindanao Blog Awards organization

Most importantly, may we continue to pray for those who have not only lost their homes but also their loved ones and for those who are currently missing to be found.

(Header Photo via WFP)