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Calling all Cebu High School and College Students for a Chance of a Lifetime!

Can you please help us invite young leaders ages 12-20 years  to join the 9th Season of the Young Minds Academy?

What is Young Minds Academy? Young Minds Academy (YMA) is a youth leadership and citizenship development program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. – Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, which aims to develop the youth to become responsible and accountable leaders and pro-active citizens who are ready to serve the public and its interests.

This is done through experiential learning sessions, community visits, immersions, project development, and project implementation anchored on the theme Urban Development with emphasis on Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Response.


How to join?
Form a team of five (5) members under one of the following categories:
•        Generation A : 17-20 years old
•        Generation B : 12-16 years old

Accomplish the following:

Team requirements
Completed team application form (YMA Application Form 01)Letter of recommendation and suppo…

Giving Back To The Country

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The Young Minds Academy is a citizenship and leadership development program that is designed to develop young emerging leaders to become responsible citizens and accountable, pro-active leaders ready to serve the public and its interest.

YMA is an exciting opportunity by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, funded by the UnionBank of the Philippines,


Since its inception in 2006, YMA has trained almost 700 Cebuano youth leaders under its 3Cs framework of building Competence, strengthening Character, and promoting active Citizenship. This is done through raising awareness, experiential education, community immersion and open discourse.

The YMA scholars’ outputs, insights and realizations indicated how they were inspired to become agents of change, elevating the lives of others.
In this connection, we would like to invite your 12-20 years old youth friends/ students/ members/ children/ colleagues  to join YMA Season 8.

We will be accepting applica…

Immersion Diaries of Jaysee in Consolacion

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As part of our last quarter for the YMA program, we are in the data gathering stages for our project development. Destiny had it that my team, Gen A Team 4 Team CPMPC, will be immersed for a few days in Brgy. Pulpogan, Consolacion, Cebu.
It was a bright sunny Saturday of July 9, 2011 when we first stepped on our own for a YMA module. Scared, doubts and frustrations clouded our minds but the fact that we are going to stay there until July 11 means we have to straighten up and look focused head on. I was sort of dying by that time because I had just worked 16 hours straight to make up for my absence on Monday.



I feel blessed that the Brgy. Captain and his people still managed to accommodate us despite the limited time that they were informed on and the purpose of our being there had not been that clear to them but as YMA scholars we made the initiative to reach out to the people and do our job and just do it well.



My first impression of the community is that it looks very typical to an…

Canduman, Tisa, Brgy. Luz and Inayawan | Best and Worst Cebu Community Visits | YMA Thematic Session Day 2

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Read Day One here: YMA Thematic Session Day 1


On our second day, the RAFI community remodeling for the urban poor site in Canduman gave us a very positive vibe that change could really happen in the most marvelous of ways when people actually start to care for their community without thinking of getting something from it. How RAFI taught them to unite, impose discipline and engage in life enriching activities such as livelihood programs perfected to the infrastructures they were implementing. We also got the chance to hear the testimonials of the people living in the site and how their lives has changed for good.



Lorega, Mambaling, Missionaries of the Poor | Best and Worst Cebu Community Visits | YMA Thematic Session Day 1

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The Thematic Sessions were one of the greatest experiences we had. We were exposed to a lot of societies and gained valuable insights along the way and Cebu City communities became our classroom once again as Young Minds Academy teaches us more aboutcommunity organizing, realities that face our unfortunate brothers and sisters, and amazing projects that alleviate living conditions and mindset along the way. 

Our first Thematic Session happened last June 4-5, 2011 andit only proved that no sun too excruciating, no mountain too high, no place too horrid, no barangay too dangerous for the scholars of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) to learn more and immerse as we become the future leaders of the country in our own ways.

Poverty as the UN defines it is a human condition characterized by the sustained or chronic deprivation of the resources, capabilities, choices, security and power necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other civil, cultural, economic, po…

Living on a dime for a day | YMA Social Discovery Walk

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Yours truly has been undergoing a lot of experiential training all over Cebu and attending sessions in the Plenary Hall of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC) as part of my scholarship program under the Young Minds Academy (YMA).It is a one-of-a-kind leadership training program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI). And what better way to teach us about nation-building and community development than through actually letting us go through impoverished living.

That is why RAFI went all and beyond to organize a new module that encompassed a wide venue and this time it’s not in a controlled environment such as a university, amphitheater, campsite or a resort as we used to but in the city of Cebu itself. Around 90 fellow scholars all toting our netbags as our only possession for the urban backpacking, we trekked the city in search for clue cards, tasks and a whole lotta exploration, the Dora way.

Held last 2nd – 3rd of May 2011, we all had given poverty a new meanin…