WYAAP Director Lord Pomperada was part of the panel discussion on Community Building last May 24 during the 3rd Asia Pacific Life Matters Course held at Pagadian City, Philippines from May 12 to 21.
During his presentation, Lord shared how he started volunteering in different youth groups and how he started his journey as a World Youth Alliance member.
“World Youth Alliance gave me a platform where I can apply what I’ve learned in college and at the same time create a positive impact in the society. WYA is more than an organization, it is a family. We become a strong and effective community if we love, care and support each other. Community building is all about sharing your passion and your life to others,” Lord said.
When asked on how he was able to achieve success at a very young age, Lord answered, “You have to take every opportunity to develop yourself and acquire new skills. Continuing education and collaboration with other young people are also very important. All of the experiences that I had in the past, good and bad, have contributed to the person who I am today.”
The Life Matters Course is a residential course for young adults to shape a path and purpose for living. The 10-day course gives a chance for participants to look at their lives and to develop new skills for living. The program is varied and interactive. It includes panel discussions, personal reflection, workshops, music, outdoor activities – and interaction with people from diverse walks of life and cultural backgrounds.
The course was organized by the Initiatives of Change (IofC), a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behavior, starting with their own. IofC works to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trust building, ethical leadership and sustainable living. To learn more about the organization, you may visit their website (www.iofc.org).