13 August 2017
The Angat Buhay Youth Summit 2017 is a 2-day event that will serve as fellowship and training grounds for representatives of 50 school, church and community-based youth organizations from all over the Philippines. These organizations expressed their commitment to the cause of Angat Buhay: harnessing the vigor of an active, engaged citizenry and providing them with avenues for collaboration with other groups to further progress. The summit will be held on August 14 and 15, in Microtel UP Technohub, Quezon City.
Angat Buhay Youth is the Angat Buhay program’s mode of engagement that specifically provides youth organizations more opportunities to hone their skills in community development. As the formal launch of Angat Buhay Youth, the summit aims to empower the youth in contributing to their spheres of interest through activities that will allow them to refine their ideas for helping improve their community. Vice President Leni Robredo firmly believes that the fresh perspective of an empowered youth sector will help fast track effective nation building.
In recognition of the youth’s unique energy in coming up with ideas that may impact their diverse spheres of influence, the participants’ expected output will be project proposals that are oriented towards providing for their communities’ needs. These initiatives should be geared towards the OVP’s six key advocacy areas: food security and nutrition, universal healthcare, education, women empowerment, rural development, and housing and resettlement – while paying special attention to livelihood and employment creation as this is a most pressing need that has been identified in both rural and urban areas.
These proposals will be discussed in workshops that aim to equip the youth leaders with the skills needed to design, market, implement, and sustain their community development initiatives. As a culminating activity, the top 20 youth organizations with the best project proposals will be given the chance to present a “final pitch” to a panel of judges. The selected top 10 youth organizations will receive a grant of P25,000 each to as seed-funds for their project.
Speakers will include Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino, social entrepreneurs Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of “Rags2Riches” and Kris Reyes-Lopez of “Messy Bessy”, advertising veteran Matec Villanueva, Philippine Toy Library founder Edsel Ramirez and Yellow Boat of Hope co-founder Anton Mari Lim.
Since its launch in October 2016, Angat Buhay has expanded dramatically, with its initial 50 pilot Local Government Units now growing to partnerships with 134 cities and municipalities all over the Philippines.