YMA 9 scholars present community researches in Metro Cebu

93 RAFI-YMA 9 scholars presented their reports during the Young Citizens Forum 2015 last 27 June 2015 at the Eduardo Aboitiz Plenary Hall.

Online PR News – 25-June-2015 – Cebu City – NINETY-THREE scholars of the Young Minds Academy (YMA) Season 9 of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc - Eduardo Aboitiz Developmental Studies Center (RAFI-EADSC) presented their social research reports during the Young Citizens Forum 2015 last 27 June 2015 at the Eduardo Aboitiz Plenary Hall.

The YMA scholars were divided into 11 teams and were assigned in 11 selected barangays in Metro Cebu during the YMA community immersion last June 6, 7, and 12. Barangays Tisa, Cebu City; Lawaan I, Talisay City; Ward I, Minglanilla; Mainit, Naga City; Perrilos, Carcar City; Basak, Lapu-lapu City; Buagsong, Cordova; Cambaro, Mandaue City; Pitogo, Consolacion; Jubay, Liloan; and Suba, Danao City were the barangay partners during the said immersion.

Scholars were challenged to know the community, its people, its leaders, its history, its culture, and many more. The scholars were also asked to get information from the residents on the community’s assets, needs, opportunities, and threats and analyze the pressing concerns of the barangays and come up with innovative but doable solutions the youth can do for the barangay.

Before the YMA community immersion, the scholars underwent different capability building sessions on leadership and citizenship, self-awareness, team building, personality and communications development, urban development forums, learning visits to the different LGUs, community research and asset based community development. These modules aim to equip them during the project development phase.

“The Young Citizens Forum is a venue for our scholars to share their learnings and insights during the YMA Immersion. Also, it is a great venue for them to hone their presentation skills in sharing their innovative ideas to help the community in simple, creative, ways that people would understand.” said Jenny Lea Tan, RAFI-EADSC program officer.

After the Young Citizens Forum, the scholars will go through the Project Development phase where they will improve their project concepts, write project proposals, and implement their Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Response projects.

The Young Minds Academy is one of the programs of RAFI-EADSC under the Leadership & Citizenship Focus Area, which aims to build future leaders and influencers in a community that is ready to effect change.

For more information about YMA, you may contact Jenny Lea Tan at 418-7234 local 112 or e-mail at jenny.lea.tan@rafi.org.ph, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.