Young People in Government called to take on the Journey of Ninoy and Cory Aquino in 2013

Journey YPS Participants List v02The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), Young Public Servants (YPS), and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL) have invited young people in government to join the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey – YPS Edition on January 4-6, 2013.

“We are humbled to be ending 2012, our second year of implementing our core youth formation program, with over 200 alumni from the Leadership Journey” NCAF President and Executive Director Rafael C. Lopa says. “Going into 2013, we are very excited to offer the Journey experience to a new sector of young leaders.”

“The current administration’s commitment to realizing a “tuwid na daan”  invigorated the call to public service and attracted many young people to join and serve in government,” said YPS President and Lead Convener Natalie Christine Jorge. “These young public servants bring to government a sense of idealism and creativity, and energy and enthusiasm, that we believe should be nourished and strengthened as they continue to face the many challenges of public service. The NCA Leadership Journey provides a valuable opportunity for them to slow down and take a step back from their daily responsibilities and work demands in order to retreat, reflect and recharge for another busy year.”

“Our partnership with YPS and support from the Asia Foundation allow our program to reach young people at a very important lifestage,” Mr. Lopa noted.  “We’re very grateful for their support and look forward to working with them on this endeavor.”

Using Ninoy and Cory Aquino as role models, the program seeks to reintroduce spirituality as a major foundation for Filipino leadership. Harnessing their innate values systems, the participants take part in a process of self-reflection that will ultimately lead to self-transformation and self-commitment for others and country.

The program invites the youth leaders to undergo a 3-day transformative experience and be living witnesses of leadership.  It is the hope of the Foundation that the young persons will be moved to commit to a life of service and mission through effective and impactful community work.

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey – YPS Edition will have 21 participants who are Filipino citizens, 21 – 35 years old, currently working in different offices of the Philippine government.

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy.  Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.

The Young Public Servants (YPS) is an organization focused on promoting Democratic Citizenship and Good Governance among the Youth, both in the private and public sectors. YPS believes that these elements are critical in developing a new, focused and dedicated generation of leaders. YPS works to establish the foundations of governance and citizenship not only through activities geared towards nation building but in everyday citizens’ activities as well.

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL) has been established with the help of Drs. Rolando and Rosalinda Hortaleza and the Ang-Hortaleza Foundation.  NCACL seeks to identify, form, nurture and recognize individuals who, through a process of self-transformation, can develop into a community of empowering, world-class leaders.

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