Sunday, June 13, 2010

Calling out to the Youth... Any suggestions? :)

I got a lot of tweets about the FIFA World Cup and how young ones today want to develop Football here in the Philippines.

It gave me an idea on what else we can develop?

I'm writing this entry for open suggestions. I don't want to deal with the government or anything but what can we do to help our country?

What do you have in mind? This is not like a Dear Noynoy page by the way :) So please don't comment on my Tito asking him to get married or anything like that.

I'd like to get an idea on what youth-oriented programs do you want to see happening? Can we opt out basketball courts for this one? I'm thinking more of kids getting a pair of shoes or kids getting pencils and notebooks.

There was one idea that popped saying that maybe one of the government channels can turn into an educational channel for kids? Right? :)

What do you think? :)

How can we help? :)

Any suggestions? :) I'd appreciate it very much! It's something I can relay to my Mom and my Titas who will indirectly help Tito Noy.

16 comments:

CHI said...

I'm a youth coordinator in our parish. And I'm planning many things on helping out the community first. I like to suggest to give importance on the minorities first. For example take notice of the "bahay ampunan" that is not really known or just places that are really hard to reach.. I guess i'm just fed up with others that the only thing they see are the ones near to them. That's all about it! :)

zcesz said...

It would really be a great idea to focus your possible campaign on education.

There are so many poor families who are having a hard time making both ends meet just to be able to send their children to school (all levels).

I suggest you offer scholarships or subsidy to pupils and students depending on the level of need and the capacity of parents to support them.

I also suggest that there should be a qualifying standard in all levels. Only those deserving of the grant, financially and academically, should be chosen.

I believe that our best investments are our youths, because the future of this nation is in their hands.

The best way to prepare them for that great role is of course developing and nurturing their capabilities by educating them.

Hope you could do something to support the plight of these deserving pupils and students.

danie mell said...

uhm,suggestion ko lang po,siguro dapat i-train ung mga kabataan sa mga paglalaro ng indoor games like table tennis,chess & so on.kasi ung mga sports na yun,di na masyadong nabibigyang-pansin dito.sports clinic will be a big help.siguro din magandang magkaroon ng continuous child sponsorship for their education..:-)

Teresa Maria said...

Well, I was kind of thinking go grassroots with this one. In the June 2010 of Reader's Digest, there was this guy that started a homeless "world cup". They got a team together from the homeless, gave them training and then eventually, sponsors came in and the participants got stipends. But part of it is giving dignity back to the homeless. Methinks, maybe in the same way that barangays organize "ligas" every summer for basketball, why not kind of a core group to get kids to form a team. The basic condition is that the kids are underprivileged, that they are willing to learn and that they stay in school. If we can get people to sponsor their games, their clothes and maybe, eventually, part of their school expenses. Then the team can participate in interschool games, para bang wild card. Eventually, these kids can be members of the national team. (Sorry, haba explanation and it's hard to articulate really, but that's the basic plan...)

Teresa Maria said...

Well, I was kind of thinking go grassroots with this one. In the June 2010 of Reader's Digest, there was this guy that started a homeless "world cup". They got a team together from the homeless, gave them training and then eventually, sponsors came in and the participants got stipends. But part of it is giving dignity back to the homeless. Methinks, maybe in the same way that barangays organize "ligas" every summer for basketball, why not kind of a core group to get kids to form a team. The basic condition is that the kids are underprivileged, that they are willing to learn and that they stay in school. If we can get people to sponsor their games, their clothes and maybe, eventually, part of their school expenses. Then the team can participate in interschool games, para bang wild card. Eventually, these kids can be members of the national team. (Sorry, haba explanation and it's hard to articulate really, but that's the basic plan...)

Marlou said...

Siguro dapat na ibalik yung mga simple pero may connect na kiddie programs like "BATIBOT", "ATBP." (launched by Channel 2), "SINE-SKWELA", "BAYANI".. etc.

Di ko lang maalala pero parang nakapanuod pa ako before ng old episode ng Sine-Skwela. Pero sana wag na yung mga lumang version yung ipalabas.

Mga ganitong program kasi ang mga palabas sa umaga nung medyo bata pa ako... unlike ngayon eh puro dubbed-action-cartoons na ang namamayagpag. Ü

noelpinoy said...

I think one of the biggest issues in our country today is the lack of unity. Perharps a program that will slightly overcome cultural gap will be good. We have poor kids and rich kids. What if we'll try a weekend activity where these kids can unite and do something good for each other.

For example the poor kids will shown the rich kids how to harvest yams, plant rice and make scarecrows. Then the rich teenagers give those poor ones tips on how to succeed socially and academically. They can also give them aid like tutorials in subjects that they're having problems with or give them school supplies and etc. Along with that they can also do concerts or perform during the encounter(both sides). Kase ang dami namang talented na mga bata para di naman sila ma bored while doing it.

I think it's a great way na we can promote unity sa bansa natin. I think we only unite kung may gulo.hahaha If we can unite in a consistent basis we will be a better country for sure!

JB VALLEGA said...

Saw u on UKG this morning. I like the idea of giving artists a chance. Free programs / workshops to help the youth improve their skills. There are so many talented and creative filipinos but here, art is not much given importance that is why most graphic artists & designers leave the country

the UNchecked other said...

What about government-funded after-school projects like academic tutoring, art classes, extra sports lessons, etc? I'm not sure if it also applies in the Philippines, but during undergrad one of my research yielded that the hours between four and seven are when the youth is most at risk...ie: peer pressure leading to joining gangs, etc. THe goal is to keep the youth occupied in a constructive way during the gap hours when they're not in school and their parents aren't home from work yet. This is especially important for less privileged kids, who are more vulnerable to the influence of gangs and drug lords, who lure them with money and a chance "out."

What about a sort of Big Brother/Big Sister mentorship program? Pair a uni student from a privileged upbringing with someone from "the other side." The Philippines has a problem with "othering," meaning the haves don't really interact with the have-nots, and this could be a way to cement stronger Pinoy ties that go beyond socioeconomic disparities.

At Harvard, we have this Cultural Agents Initiative program which I was a part of. We used the arts as a tool for social change. One of the events we had was how rap was used as a means to address social inequities and injustice. Maybe there's a way to invite people such as Gloc-9 and have a music camp of sorts, wherein he can encourage street children or anyone at risk to use music as a way to cope and as a "way out."

Okay, soooo sorry to inundate this post with suggestions...I can be too talkative! if you want more suggestions or if you're interested some of the specific action plans that I used--since the suggestions I made are ones I was involved in and have seen to be effective--feel free to e-mail me: Leilani@post.harvard.edu

Helvie said...

Please tell your Mom and Your Titas to please extend their help sa mga bata dito sa Iloilo.. I hope that the distribution of school supplies makaabot dito..thanks..

BatangGala said...

libraries! aside from sports, i think, kelangan din po ng libraries para sa mga bata and youth, kahit isa man lang sa bawat municipality,para matulungan ang mga bata lalung lalo na sa mga homeworks and projects, especially, dahil hindi naman po lahat ay may internet sa bahay o merong mga books o kaya tv man lang na pwede nilang gamitin for school at pagkahunan ng informations. aside from that, i think makakatulong din ang mga libraries para dumami ang mga batang matututong magbasa ng libro.and i guess, hindi naman po lahat ng bata mahilig sa sports, at least kapag po merong libraries, hindi man sila mahilg magbasa ,magagamit din nila ang mga books for educational purposes. aside from that, nauubos ang pages ng notebook, napuputol ang lapis, nasisira ang mga sapatos, pero ang mga libro, kapag naingatan, it would last for a long time, at higit sa lahat, marami ring matutunan na pwedeng magamit hanggang sa pag tanda, hindi mauubos, hindi masisira at hindi mawawala.--> opinion lang po. :)

mizabel said...

Jiggy,

I wish I could pursue my dream. Although I am beyond the age of youth, I am still hoping that one day I or we can replicate this:

http://www.cityyear.org

Instead of a year, it can be a month of volunteerism in all barangays. "alay sa barangay" --something like that.

I think this is doable in the Philippines. With the help of media personalities, recruiting, organizing, and fundraising won't be that hard.

Thanks

M

Mark Rosario said...

Lets get the kids into reading through comics. Based on experience, its really a fun and effective learning tool.

Belinda said...

Youth today usually wants to be a member of certain group. It is good if there'll be a youth group or group of people who will receive donations. Every donation that will be given to the group corresponds to certain points. Every donor must have an exclusive membership card to this group where points will be earned. If you've reached a particular point because of your donation, you'll be receiving an exclusive "item" from this group. This group then who receives donation will distribute the donations to their chosen charity or public school and will have scheduled programs or activities to their chosen charity or public school. Implementation of the program can be on a quarterly basis so that the said group can focus for certain months in the place where they will help people or students.

cpsanti said...

how about something that supports creativity, like art or music? usually, it's programs such as these that are cut first when the school's budget goes down. i know there are nationwide contests and events, but wouldn't it be great if art was brought to the masses to be appreciated?

or how about supporting a community project? something like a community museum/ center that would showcase crafts made by the residents. it could also be an cooperative education center to teach crafts like basketweaving, etc. which could bring in some income.

Lhai Cruz said...

Sana PNOY would consider din traveling abroad to encourage investors to put their money here in the Philippines. Because I heard that he’s kindda against the idea of taking trips abroad because baka maisyu siya katulad ng sa predecessor nya. In my opinion naman, ok lang mag travel abroad as long as it’s done for the good of the country just like what FVR did back then, when he encouraged people around the world to invest in the Philippines. And basta hind imaging kasing extravagant nila ‘you know who’. More investors equals more jobs.:)