The Leadership Communities (LeadCom) program is an initiative of Ayala Foundation (AFI) that aims to develop, inspire, empower, and nurture the leadership of young Filipinos and promote servant leadership to student leaders in various parts of the Philippines.
LeadCom takes inspiration from the Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC), Ayala's flagship program for Youth Leadership Development and is a response to the goal of providing opportunities for a greater number of young Filipinos to learn and develop their leadership.
Through LeadCom, more young Filipinos are expected to become servant leaders actively engaged and committed to bringing change in their respective Communities.
The program aims to inspire and develop servant leaders in a defined area (city or province). Working with 5 to 10 partner colleges and universities, the goal over a 12-month period is to form a community and network among these schools to champion youth leadership development and to equip all partner school with the needed skills and competencies to train student leaders on a regular and sustained basis. The diagram below shows the various stages of the program:
Results and outcomes:
AAP supported the LeadCom program in its first year (2012). In 2012, the program was able to train 712 Student Leaders from 50 Colleges and Universities in 8 areas around the country. A year after their student leaders’ camps, all these Leadership Communities have recorded a total of 4,083 in-school and community based youth leaders reached through the uniform school program component of the program and through the efforts of all the partner schools.
After graduating from the camp, participants were divided into groups and are given the Servant Leadership in Practice (SLIP) Grant for them to be able to implement a change project in their community. Please refer to detailed report (PDF file) that showcases 41 projects that are products of the inspiration of the LeadCom participants.
Many of the projects have huge potential for replicability and scalability. Given the right support from facilitators and mentors, these projects can be more sustainable and more responsive to the needs of their communities. The program, however, was not fully designed to equip its participants with project management skills that could somehow be helpful in the course of their project implementation. But nevertheless, this gives all these youth leaders a greater chance to explore, discover and level up!