For the past 11 years, the AYLC has brought together each year more than 70 promising young leaders from across the Philippines for a life changing experience.
This year, as the congress enters its 12th year, AYLC welcomes a new batch of young leaders from various universities and colleges.
“The goal of AYLC is to build a network of leaders serving in various fields and areas in society. For this 2010 congress, apart from our regular partner colleges and universities, we have decided to expand our search for these leaders,” said Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala, chief executive officer of Ayala Corporation.
This year, students from the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education, Philippine National Police Academy and Seminaries were invited to apply for the congress.
The expanded search led to a total of 81 delegates attending the AYLC 2010, a first in the history of the congress.
Adopting the theme “Ako: Pagbabago!”, this year‘s congress puts focus on the positive change that leaders do in their society and communities.
Having made headlines last year as a notable change maker, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida, 28, will be the key note speaker during this year’s congress.
At 16, Peñaflorida started “Dynamic Teen Company,” a friendship club that aimed at providing youth awareness projects, talents and self– development activities and community service.
Peñaflorida and his group pioneered the idea of a “pushcart classroom,” pushing a cart stocked with books and other learning materials and bringing education to areas where it was needed the most.