World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) was present at the 6th Philippine I Transform! Youth Leaders Convention (PITYLC) held last September 22 to 25, 2017 in Baguio City, Philippines. Organized by Youthlead Philippines (YLP), more than 700 delegates from all over the Philippines joined the convention.
WYAAP has been an annual partner of YLP’s PITYLC since 2012. The PITYLC is a nationwide Philippine convention where delegates get the chance to build relationships with fellow young leaders across the country. It aims to raise awareness, interest, and desire among the youth regarding different topics surrounding the 2020 Sustainable Development Goals. This year, WYAAP assisted the YLP staff and volunteers as they launched the 6th PITYLC with the theme, Harnessing Innovations in Entrepreneurship and Governance, Transforming Communities.
The WYAAP delegation was composed of WYAAP Director of Operations, Zarina San Jose and WYA volunteers, Cesca Balasbas, Marielle Morillo, Dean Cainila and Vincent Perot. Together, they introduced the advocacy of World Youth Alliance by conducting a talk on building person-centered projects; they also joined several regional discussions and hosted a booth where PITYLC participants were also able to learn more about the organization’s projects. Through these interactions, WYAAP was able to gain around 300 new WYA Members.
WYAAP, represented by Zarina San Jose, also served as a panelist during the PITYLC Kabataan Fair, the convention’s much-awaited platform and competition where teams propose and present solution-based projects addressing pressing social problems in their communities. The winning proposal receives a PHP 20,000 fund grant from YLP and its partners.
WYA volunteer, Vincent Perot, joined the closing ceremonies by leaving short messages to the PITYLC delegation.
“We might all be different, coming from different regions and different countries, but it is great to see that we can all unite when it comes to progress, sustainable development and solidarity. The message you’ve sent from here is precious: a message of brotherhood that should inspire youth from the rest of the world”
San Jose, through her Solidarity Message, also left the delegates with a challenge,
“What matters most is not whether you come home with an award, a medal or a special citation. It’s what you do with what you’ve learned here that will be the real determinant of your participation in this conference.”
The convention ended with an award-giving ceremony and messages from PITYLC officers and partners. WYAAP would like to thank Youthlead Philippines, its partners, and volunteers for another fruitful partnership.
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