AUGUST 2019, Muntinlupa, Philippines–World Youth Alliance (WYA) opens a new WYA Chapter at the PAREF Southridge School in the Philippines. Now officially known as the WYA PAREF Southridge Club, the student-driven WYA high school chapter was founded by Certified Member, Miko Cano, and WYA Member, Louis Castillo.
The intent to open a WYA Club in their school came after Miko Cano’s successful completion of the WYA Certified Training Program (CTP), which he completed during the 2019 WYAAP Summer Camp. When asked why he decided to bring WYA to their school, he shared, “I wanted to open a WYA Chapter in order to supplement the values that the school teaches and to provide more people with the opportunity to help others and participate in the World Youth Alliance’s projects.”
With the support and guidance of their faculty club moderator, Mr. Donato J. Banaag, the club welcomed its first batch of founding members for the school year 2019-2020, namely: Emilio C. Cano IV (Miko), Louis Ymmanuel L. Castillo, Pablo Sebastian R. Antonio, Jose Mateo M. Pandan, Jacob Ronaldo Cornelio A. Peralta, Robertino A. Kamantigue, and Lorenzo T. Lustre.
The club envisions collaborating with other WYA clubs across Metro Manila and in conducting charity work not only to help the less fortunate but also to further empower the youth. Co-founder, Miko Cano, further shares their mission to “not only provide more members to the organization but also to educate more people about the human person and the importance of integral human development for the betterment of society. I would like to thank the PAREF Woodrose and Westbridge chapters for paving the way for us to be established. “
Together with their club moderator, the first batch of officers, and founding members, the club aims to implement projects that will educate more students about human dignity and reach out to nearby communities through various outreach and educational efforts.