4th Fil-Am youth leaders program launched

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2015 12:41 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2015 08:41 PM

MANILA - The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. is urging Filipino-American youth leaders to take part in its annual immersion program in the Philippines.

The embassy launched on January 14, the search for the 4th batch of delegates of the annual Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro).

FYLPro was launched in 2012 as part of the advocacy of Jose Cuisia Jr., the Philippine Ambassador to the United States, to reach out to the youth and encourage them to actively engage in their own communities and promoted Philippine development.

"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," Cuisia said.

A total of 30 promising Filipino-American youth leaders have participated in the immersion program that includes meetings with top government, business and civil society leaders and 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.