OVER 120 school officials from universities and colleges from all over the Philippines met for a Student Leadership Development Forum organized by the Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) Program. The event was keynoted by Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Chair Dr. Patricia Licuanan.
The Student Leadership Development Forum highlighted on the vital role educators play in the leadership formation of their students. With her experiences in the academe, as a psychologist, and now as Ched Chair, Licuanan shared her insights on student leadership development in the context of higher education.
“Apart from sharing with our guests updates on the AYLC program, we invited Dr. Licuanan to deliver a keynote speech and share her insights on leadership development in the context of higher education institutions. Her sharing will provide our audience new perspectives and a greater sense of responsibility for the role they play as formators of leaders for our country. She will emphasize the need for schools to see their role not just in terms of developing skills for their graduates’ employment but as key drivers in bringing change to our country through leadership development,” said AYLC program director John Philip Orbeta.
The forum likewise marked the official launch of the 14th cycle of the National Ayala Young Leaders Congress. Now on its 14th year, the search is once again open for nominees to the annual leadership congress.
The AYLC is the flagship program for youth development created in 1999 by the Ayala group of companies as a concrete expression of its commitment to national development. Now approaching its 14th year, AYLC continues to fuel the dream of nurturing a corps of servant leaders who will use their leadership to help uplift the lives of Filipinos.
“Today also marks the formal start of our 14th AYLC cycle and our call for nominees from your respective institutions. We go through this process of searching for student leaders to take part in AYLC each year and through the past 13 years, our conviction and hope for change in our country have grown stronger,” said Fernando Zobel de Ayala, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ayala Corporation, in his opening message.
New innovations have been introduced into the AYLC program, widening its scope of partner schools, introducing an online application process, and adopting a post-congress mentoring program for the AYLC delegates.
“We have expanded our scope of schools to include seminaries, the Philippine National Police Academy, and Pamulaan School for Indigenous people in recognition of the need of these sectors for more servant leaders. We believe that leadership is best learned when it is practiced or applied immediately and in a concrete manner. Because of this, we have strengthened our push for AYLC delegates to pursue change projects at their school and community level,” said Orbeta.
Over the years, the AYLC Program maintains to strengthen its partnerships with its partner schools even beyond the annual congress in hopes developing more young leaders across the country. The AYLC has piloted a mentoring program to strengthen the involvement of schools in the continuous development of young leaders.
“Through programs like the student leadership development forum, AYLC hopes to build in school leaders a deeper sense of mission not just in education but in leadership formation. In the coming years, AYLC hopes to develop relevant programs such as helping adults work with youth leaders better,” explained Orbeta.
Expanding its reach of developing more young leaders in the country, the event likewise introduced a new leadership program that was inspired by the AYLC. The Leadership Communities program is a multi-stakeholder program developed by Ayala Foundation, Inc. Under the program, partner schools form a “Leadership Community” that will champion youth leadership development in its area.
“Because of your continued support and belief in our goals, AYLC has gained credibility and recognition in the youth leadership development field. Through AYLC, we have been able to draw needed attention to youth leadership development resulting to expansion efforts giving birth to a number of Ayala Foundation-led leadership development initiatives such as the Education & Livelihood Skills Alliance or ELSA Young Leaders Camp, the Cultures Across Mindanao Program sponsored by the US Embassy and USAID, numerous leadership camps, and most recently, the Leadership Communities program for Catanduanes and Oriental Mindoro,” said Ayala.
As the Ayala group of companies continues with its commitment to national development and nurturing young leaders, the AYLC alumni community continues to grow. To date, there are 963 AYLC alumni located all over the country, and the world, working in their respective sectors as catalysts for change.
“We, in the Ayala group, remain steadfast in our commitment to principled leadership and to service for national development. We organize AYLC and our top executives take part in it each year because we firmly believe in our dream that in the near future, principled, values-based servant leadership will be the norm and corrupt, self serving leaders, the exception. We see our Ayala Young Leaders and the many everyday young heroes and change-makers in your respective schools setting the new standard of leadership in our country,” said Ayala.
Annually, the program receives more than 600 applications nationwide. Applications for the congress will undergo a rigorous screening and selection process, before being shortlisted to the top 150 applicants. The top 150 applicants will undergo another round of screening, where they will be asked to come to the Ayala Corporation’s headquarters in Makati City for their panel interview. The top 80 delegates will be selected from this final leg of screening process. Delegates to the annual AYLC will participate in three days of lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and outdoor challenges designed to hone their leadership potential and inspire them to lead lives of integrity and to continue working for the good for their community and country.
Nominations to the AYLC 2012 are open until August 22,2011, interested applicants may visit their Student Affairs Office for more details or visit http://www.ayalayoungleaders.ph. The AYLC 2012 is set on February 7 to 10, 2012 at the San Miguel Corporation Management Training Center, in Alfonso, Cavite.
A copy of Dr. Licuanan’s presentation is made available. This may be downloaded through the links below. (Made available in both .ppt and .pptx verions)
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