ZYLP adopts ‘Challenge Grant’ for youth leaders PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 March 2012 14:31

The 1st Zamboanga Youth Leaders Parliament (ZYLP), home and training ground of emerging youth leaders who can adopt divides on peace, governance and development for the best of the community, has offered youth participants one great mission of venturing resources away from personal pockets and family’s money.

he mission is entitled the Challenge Grant adopted from the Tuloy-Tulay of the Team Energy Center of the Asian Institute of Management.

The Challenge Grant prior to the ZYLP’s actual implementation date, gave the leaders the mission to raise a certain amount of money with emphasis that it should come from other means to test their leadership potentials and capacities in connecting various stakeholders of the community.

Alexis Joyce Primalion of Western Mindanao State University disclosed the she made it a point to collect per student P1 within just two hours in the university. It made her realized that “all you just need is to let other students be informed of your advocacy which in turn interests them to help.”

Jona Fe Consolacion used her power to connect the various store owners in her assigned community being a student of Social Works. She used her leadership style of engaging community leaders into her mission.

Rendering services in exchange of money is one of the ideal means to secure resources from many stakeholders, giving away the traditional form of solicitation which is not legal. The challenge grant seeks to involve other potential partners in the community to any of the advocacy that the group is venturing in especially anchored on peace and governance.

During the 1st day of ZYLP, the participants were given an avenue to see stakeholders in various levels —  government, civil society, youth groups, business and many others o be partners in future endeavors.

A closer opportunity of discussing youth issues gave the student leaders the opportunity to have an intimate talk with Mayor Celso Lobregat.

The lead convener had a serious talk with other officials inside the Mayor’s office explaining to the latter the main intention of ZYLP for the development of Zamboanga City.

The Challenge Grant in a bigger perspective now involves institutions to make them aware of the ZYLP.

Before seeing the mayor, City Administrator Antonio Orendain talked to the participants and explained to them the city’s celebration of the Dia de Zamboanga. Then Mayor Lobregat welcomed the youth leaders and told them the need to work together in one direction with the aid of other institutions to include City Social Works and Development Office, Sangguniang Kabataan.

Mayor Lobregat underscored the need to inform the city government  of any initiatives of the youth.