UnionBank to the Youth: Pay It Forward
“[Y]ou are given the chance to change the country, and even our planet for the better. I encourage you to use this opportunity to learn, to grow, and most especially, to give back, or even pay it forward, to the communities you are a part of.”
This is the message that Center for Strategic Partnerships Head Genaro V. Lapez imparted to the scholars of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.–Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (RAFI-EADSC)’s Young Minds Academy (YMA) in Cebu City last April. Mr. Lapez and Communications Officer Liane Nerina D. Reyes affirmed UnionBank’s commitment to the program through a covenant signing that marked the beginning of the scholars’ eight-month leadership and citizenship development training journey.
Now on its 10th year, the YMA program brings together future leaders and influencers aged 12 to 20 years old with the aim of developing a pool of leaders who are ready to effect change and make a difference for the country. YMA welcomed 128 new scholars this year, adding to its 833-strong alumni.
Since its inception in 2006, the YMA program has worked hard to develop enhance competencies, strengthened character, and more active citizenship engagement in Cebu City’s youth. These scholars are nurtured through learning sessions, community exposure, and project development training anchored on an annual theme. This year’s theme is Urban Development with emphasis on livability.
UnionBank has been a proud partner of the YMA program since 2008.
Communications Officer Liane Reyes and Center for Strategic Partnerships Head Genaro Lapez attend the YMA covenant signing headed by RAFI-EADSC Executive Director Evelyn Nacario-Castro.
The YMA scholars begin their eight-month leadership and citizenship development journey.