WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today announced the search for the fourth batch of delegates for the annual Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro).
The brainchild of Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., FYLPro was launched in 2012 as part of his advocacy to reach out to the youth and encourage them to actively engage in their own communities and, at the same time, promote Philippines development. The Embassy and Philippine Consulates General in the U.S. co-organizes the FYLPRo with the Ayala Foundation in the Philippines.
“We are giving young Filipino-American leaders the opportunity to have a better appreciation and understanding of the land where their parents came from, and in doing so, we hope to inspire them to be stronger advocates for the Philippines and the Filipino-American community in the United States,” Ambassador Cuisia, Jr. said.
Thirty promising Filipino-American youth leaders have participated in the immersionprogram that includes meetings with top government, business and civil society leadersand visits to local communities.
Previous FYLPro delegates were able to undertake political advocacy initiatives, cultural and tourism promotion programs, social entrepreneurship activities, education innovations, Filipino-American heritage projects, voter awareness and education, and even political campaigns upon their return to the US.
The previous delegates are now focused on mentoring the incoming batch and undertaking concrete projects that would ensure the batch’s legacy.
“FYLPro offers an entry point – the beginning or continuation of a journey towards finding a meaningful connection to the Philippines,” said FYLPro alumnae Bea Querido, who works for Boeing in Seattle.
“It’s about building empathy and learning between Fil-Ams and Filipinos in the Philippines in hope of creating impactful collaborations that will push forward our global and local Filipino communities forward,” Querido said.
The Embassy said the program is open to individuals who meet the following criteria:
- No younger than 25 years old and no older than 40 years old by 02 July 2015;
- Ready and capable of travelling to the Philippines to participate in the 4th FYLPro and the 10th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT)on 02-04 July and 06-09 July 10th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT), respectively;
- Have potential or demonstrated leadership skills within their school, community, workplace or other area of involvement; and,
- Have potential or demonstrated involvement in the Filipino-American Community, or in issues and/or activities that align with the interest of the Filipino American community or the Philippines.