YABONG Philippines is a non-stock, non-profit youth-led organization that promotes youth participation in governance, Media and Information Literacy, and nation-building. "Yabong" the Filipino word for prosperous, interchangeably used with progress, is the term to describe the volume of youth leaders in a wide range of advocacies. Composed of 9 core members and 12 volunteers, we exemplify that by embodying our 3 cornerstones, which are to THINK, EMBARK, and CREATE.
Always Think Before You Click.
As readers, writers, and mere audience, we need to develop critical thinking skills to assess whether or not the information we consume is credible. In YABONG, we teach youth participants to always think before they click! We do this by incorporating MIL into our programs such as leadership camps and mentorship programs that promote critical thinking skills. These programs taught us the power of youth-to-youth conversations as the best way to give awareness on our digital rights, encourage citizen participation on digital platforms, and inculcate media and information competencies.
Together Let Us Foster Growth.
We need to encourage the youth to speak up for those who are voiceless, stand up against those who are oppressed, and spark change for those who are indifferent. This is done through digital campaigns that aim to reach as many communities as we can. One of them is about how to fight fake news entitled, ‘Spot the Fake, Stop the Fake’.
Creation of Digital Campaigns, Projects and Activities
From there, we can have a community where we can create dialogue and foster collaboration. These two things are quintessential in a culture of well-informed and responsible netizens. A culture where stories are heard and voices will not remain in the margins.
Overall, Yabong Philippines has created three digital campaigns, received over a million pesos worth of grants, which in turn initiated fifty capacity-building workshops, reached six hundred fifty thousand unique accounts in social media, and empowered five thousand youth leaders from all over the Philippines. Firm in our values and objectives, Yabong intends to will itself even more in addressing issues regarding the responsible use of social media, navigation of cyberspace and its platforms, and the empowerment of the youth to create digital initiatives from here on and onwards.
Digital Campaigns Mobilized and Implemented
Grants received from Partners and Funders
Trainings and Workshops Conducted
Unique Social Media Accounts Reached
Youth Participants Empowered, and Capacitated
UNESCO MIL Alliance
World Health Organization
United Nations Development Programme-Philippines
U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
Philippine Youth Leadership Program
Young South East Asian Leadership Initiative
Ateneo de Davao University
Rizal Technological University
Notre Dame of Dadiangas university
De la Salle University- Manila
General Santos Doctors Medical Foundation Inc.
Asian Institute of Journalism
Department of Education
Department of Education TV
Department of Education Youth Formation Division
National Council for Childrens Television
Philippines Association for Media and Iformation Literacy
ASEAN Abundance Innovation Lab
ASEAN Network Youth
International Union of Changemakers
Equal Access International Philippines
Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao
Provincial Government of Sarangani
Local Government of General Santos City
General Santos City- Youth Affiars and Development Office
Sulong Kabataan- Sarangani
Sulong Kapayapaan- Sarangani
Office of International Affairs- MSU Gensan
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation - Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC Inc.)
Kilos Kalinaw SOX
United States Government Alumnni Association- Davao
United States Government Alumnni Association- MAGCOT
United States Government Alumnni Association- SOX
Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability
University of Southeastern University- AgiLab
University of Southeastern Philippines- Gender and Development
YABONG Core Team
Dun Oliver Abiera
Patricia Nicole Lucena
Ryjean Quent Kamid
Irah Ezan Apil
Ena Marie Avila
Hans Joseph Tulayan
Branding and Marketing Head
Kristiana Marie Guisadio
Briane Jay Casas
Technical and Program Head
Platform for Youth Leadership and Community Service
Ryjean Quent Kamid (Sarangani)
Ryjean, a Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Alumni, explained the pathways to youth empowerment and participation in nation-building through YABONG. As part of the long-term vision, she emphasized on the magnitude of impact that we can create if we invest in young individuals.
Tinabangay sa Pagpalambo para sa Matag-Usa og Nasod
Patricia Nicole Lucena (Davao)
After her participation in the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) on Our Oceans, Patricia realized the importance of solidarity in transforming youth as agents of change in the 21st century. With outstanding achievements in sustainable development projects, she believes YABONG is an enabler to this endeavor.
Pagpapatuloy ng PagYABONG!
Harris Sulaiman (Cotabato)
Being a BANGSAMORO youth leader, Harris sees YABONG as an organization that can achieve development in collaboration and sustainability. Development that thrives not only for one, but for everyone.