Bridging Leadership Program for the Youth Kicks off in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 13:43

The Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP), the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace,  have been trained as bridging leaders in a focused group discussion (FGD) to the youth leaders last June 4, 2011 at the Solidarity Center, RT Lim Boulevard, this city.

The FGD to youth leaders was aimed at assessing the programs of the organization to include the summer camps and activities of the YSP and PAZ for the past six months. Integrating the concept of bridging leadership was timely as the group seeks to address pressing issues like poverty and social discrimination.

Aldrin B. Abdurahim, executive coordinator of IRSMP and Tuloy-Tulay Bridging Leadership for the Youth Alumni, served as the facilitator of the said training. Tuloy-Tulay is an intensive training program for young leaders all over the Philippines sponsored by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) that seeks to understand the role of leaders in bridging societal divides and be able to clearly manage it that seeks concept of ownership, co-ownership and co-creation.

During the training, student leaders who are YSP volunteers were given the phase 1 module on ownership. They will follow the preceding phases on the following months. The understanding of what makes a bridging leader has been absorbed since 2009 in various projects like peace camps and culture of peace training to student leaders. The leadership inventory served as one of its tools in defining the type of leader that these volunteers were.

The FGD highlighted the impacts of the various programs of PAZ in three levels — personal, family and community. Positive responses dominated the outcome of one’s journey to peace. Many made mentioned of their clear intentions of learning, sharing societal responsibility as a leader to others and treating it as one’s obligation to serve others through advocacies.

The BL Framework was laid down to the leaders. It will still be better understood in the coming months through their formation sessions. The youth seeks engagement to the Sangguniang Kabataan in the conduct of some Culture of Peace Trainings and Bridging leadership for good governance.

“I joined simply because I want to support the advocacy of the organization and render my service to the youth,”saod Gian Crex Flores, new YSP volunteer who facilitated the Youth Summer Peace Camp. Being influenced by his peers to be with the organization, Gian served as one of the active volunteers now wanting to make a big difference.

Meanwhile, Al-Mujib Albani, Summer Camp participant, said that he joined because he wants to learn more things and get to know more people.
Anne Claire Molina’s journey to peace was through a friend who encouraged her to join and seeing it as a pressure after being named as one of the Five Outstanding Zamboangueno Young Leaders; she wanted to continue enhancing the leadership skills that she has and is able to help others.

The journey of being a bridging leader might be very easy for some as they are already established leaders. It is also difficult for some that is challenged as well to make a meaningful journey. YSP as an organization through PAZ and IRSMP gives youngster the opportunity to rediscover their capitals as great leaders of the country. It is not just to advocate peace but really to address the societal divides that we are all facing nowadays. Congratulations to the Bridging Leaders.