RAFI launches YMA Season 6 and Covenant Signing


The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated ( RAFI ) launches its Young Minds Academy Season 6 with the corresponding theme – URBAN DEVELOPMENT. The said program aimed to develop young individuals to be active and responsible leaders in the society. YMA has already 5 previous seasons – ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE and POVERTY and SOCIAL WELFARE. It opens young leaders potential in responding to the social issues and needs evidently occurring in the society; adhering to be part of the future progress of our country.

Young Minds Academy ( YMA ) is a youth leadership and citizenship development program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated – Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center that molds young people to become responsible and accountable leaders and proactive citizens ready to serve the public and its interests. This is done through awareness raising, experiential education, immersion and open discourse.

The selected scholars underwent proceedings and tests for them to get into the academy. They joined by forming a team of five members under the two given categories:

Generation A: 17 -20 years old
Generation B: 12 – 16 years old

the scholars also comply requirements set by the foundation for personal information and data providing the background of every scholars as well as for the team ( Team Requirements and Individual Requirements).

After passing, all the (chosen) scholars signed a covenant that would ensure their commitment to finish all the sessions conducted in the program and willingness to serve in the different communities assigned into them. The covenant signing contains all the agreements, policies and consequences if and only if one of the scholars would decide to stop from attending the sessions within the period of the training.

Furthermore, Cebu’s youths take the step on towards nation building and mobilizing their innate resources to build a better and empowered society. Acquiring perseverance and determination with great power of minds local development will grow towards the national level and will encourage people to contribute in the future progress of our country. Many times, we can’t choose our circumstances but we can choose how we look and respond to those circumstances – it is how we arrange our minds. In everything that we do depends on the CHOICES we made in life; focus on your area of control it is not impossible for you to make change within yourself and be part in the solution for change. This new set of young leaders who will be the hope of our future has started their journey and has already made their right decisions to be part of nation builders.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt


Sulong Synergy (Peter, Bryan and Raniel) aimed to tackle about YOUTH SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT for NATION BUILDING.  We wanted the global youths to be part in the development of our country upholding their corresponding virtues in the midst of diversity. Young leaders must do their part in order for our country to grow and to be globally competitive in the near future. We will tackle social issues and promote advocacy with human feel and present unbiased truth.

Also, we wanted people to be AWARE, to be CRITICAL and be INVOLVED. These three main things will tie us up in promoting socio – economical development for our country.

By this,  AWARENESS – to know what are the current problems occurring in the vast society. Next, CRITICAL – to initiate ideas and solutions to the concerned issues and create projects, programs and etc. so that we could produce better outputs that will resolved to the social problems in our society. Lastly, be INVOLVED – our contribution is a great help to achieve our goal which is to develop our country and ensure the future of our next generations.  We cannot do this without the help of everyone because in the voice of many it  could create a massive unity.

What do we want to achieve ?

Since we are in the same island ( VISAYAS ) we wanted to bring the Visayan experience ( local ) to the upper stream level (national). We wanted to focus in the local development so that when we reached the national level they could see that there are potential areas that needs attention and care for them to grow and develop.

What do we want people to remember ?

Simple, we want them to remember their social obligations and join causes for other people. We must feel and care to the needs of others so that we could establish great connection to one another , alliances that will encourage us to dream and achieve our common goal – to develop PHILIPPINES.