Issue of June 29, 2014

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Search for 10 accomplished youth organizations begins
by Jane B. Cadalig

The search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) year 12 is now accepting entries of youth groups that initiated activities that helped change society for the better.

National Youth Council Luzon focal person Jason Balag-ey said TAYO entries must be those that created an impact in the community. One way of knowing a project’s impact is through the number of individuals or groups that were benefitted by the program and the number of times or the duration a project was implemented.

Balag-ey said any youth group that have implemented or currently implementing activities geared towards the improvement of communities can submit their entries.

“The TAYO (search) has a flexible view on youth organizations. They don’t need to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or belong to a school or a national youth organization to join the search,” he said.

Projects initiated by a small club, team, or a band that stirred change in a community can be entered in the TAYO awards. Youth groups have until Sept. 30 to submit their entries.

Balag-ey said among the TAYO-award winning organizations are youth groups with projects geared towards environmental protection; arts; livelihood; advancement in technology; health, safety, or rescue services; social services; and preservation of values and culture.

He said the past TAYO searches yielded 11 awardees from the Cordillera, the highest number of winners among regions in Luzon.

“This only proves that apathy is not in the midst of the Cordillera youth and the region has a brighter future,” he said.

Balag-ey heads the Brotherhood for Peace (BFP), a group of young people campaigning against gang-related violence and advocating for unity and peace among the youth by educating them on the perils of joining gangs. The group’s initiative earned it a TAYO award.

The BFP also believes that the youth are no longer indifferent to problems besetting society.

“The youth today are pasaway, not because they are unruly but because they refuse to accept status quo when the status quo is disinterest and apathy, hopelessness, and desperation. Being pasaway can be an expression of hope, a comforting assurance that the nation has young people who imagine and believe that things could be better for them and their communities. As they refuse to accept status quo, they arrive at solutions and mobilize to change things and change lives.”

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