AAP is co-funding a leadership camp for young people in Mindoro focusing on servant leadership.
During November 2010 AAP approached the Center for Social development (http://www.ayalafoundation.org/) within the Ayala Foundation in order to explore common ground for educating and developing social understanding and servant leadership in Philippine youth.
The Ayala Foundation - one of the largest foundations in the Philippines - has run national leadership camps (AYLC) for the last 12 years and wished to expand this programme regionally to reach out to a larger number of young students. The idea is to install a servant leadership attitude in the young people and to motivate them to take responsibility and leadership in their local communities.
In a meeting in December 2010, we agreed to work together to roll out Ayala´s LeadCom programme in Mindoro. Ayala Foundation described the LeadCom programme as follows:
“LeadCom aims to develop, inspire, empower, and nurture the leadership of young Filipinos and promote servant leadership values to student leaders in various parts of the country.
The LeadCom program draws inspiration from Ayala's Young Leaders Congress (AYLC), and was developed to provide an opportunity for a greater number of young leaders to improve their leadership capacities.
With three days of life enriching activities, student leaders shared their life and leadership stories, and gained a new perspective from their peers. In an unforgettable leadership journey, participants took part in challenges designed to bringing about a greater sense of self-awareness and leadership, and establishing stronger values of trust, teamwork, effective communication, and collaboration.
The LeadCom camp was arranged through an organising committee consisting of representatives from faculties and student bodies from the main colleges and universities in the local region.”
On January 4th 2011, AAP and Ayala met with MinSCAT (Mindoro State College of Agriculture & Technology) in Calapan, Mindoro. A very productive meeting, where MinSCAT accepted to take the lead in organising the LeadCom in Mindoro. President Dr. Jesse T. Zamora of MinSCAT offered to act as head of the organising committee.
The students were the main drivers in organising the event and responsible for all planning involving e.g. agreeing on the selection criteria and selection of the participants, setting the camp dates, finding and organising a suitable venue, organising transport etc..
AAP’s reason for co-funding the Mindoro LeadCom is a belief that installing servant leadership in the future leaders of the country is an opportunities to creating a lasting positive change in the Philippine society.