On Service and the Filipino Youth

Today’s young have managed to keep up with the fast changing times. With technology so pervasive these days, we are more connected than ever to our friends, our families, and even to the rest of the world. With this increased connection comes a stronger sense of awareness and concern for our surroundings and our community. Today’s youth is no longer naive and indifferent, nor is he a mere spectator in the sidelines. Instead, we are all becoming more responsive to the plight of our neighbors and are beginning to recognize our growing capacity to make a difference.

In recent times, we have seen more and more of our Filipino youth rise to the challenge of confronting various social issues. Who would have thought that a status message on Facebook would eventually lead to the birth of the Yellow Boat Project – an organization that currently helps hundreds of rural children get to school safely, by providing their communities with boats? Who would have imagined that the idea of a kariton classroom for street children, while simple, will be embraced by the country and the world? Looking at these successful examples, one can’t help but think – what makes the young effective at effecting change?

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#YolandaPH – 7 Unique Ways You Can Help (When That Repacking Hub Is Already Full)

by JB Tan, Assistant Executive Director, iVolunteer Philippines It’s sort of familiar, déjà vu in a way, when I look at my social media streams and see stories of volunteers being turned away from repacking hubs because the relief operations  of big media corporations and NGOs are already overflowing with volunteers. It reminded me of … Continue reading #YolandaPH – 7 Unique Ways You Can Help (When That Repacking Hub Is Already Full)

Throwback Thursday: The Filipino Portrait of Peace, The Art of Volunteers

This week’s Throwback Thursday post stretches back to June of this year, during our Project EDSA peace mural painting activity at Camp Aguinaldo. Author Lean Lava shares his thoughts on volunteering for peace in this well-written essay. The Filipino Portrait of Peace, The Art of Volunteers by Emmanuel Lean P. Lava Why volunteer? And more … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Filipino Portrait of Peace, The Art of Volunteers