PLEASE READ THIS BRIEFER BEFORE APPLYING TO THIS PROGRAM: (You can DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM HERE.)
National Youth Ambassadors for Peace Program 2012
“Kabataang Kumikilos para sa Kapayapaan”
Target Date: May 8-13, 2012
PeaceTech is a non-profit organization that builds peace among the world’s youth. Peace Tech’s programs include the following: a) High-school classes in partnership with the Department of Education; b) Videoconferences between Muslim and non-Muslim youth in Southeast Asia; c) Peace Tech’s youth movement called “PeaceTech Embassy;” d) Workshops and; e) the PeaceTech online community: www.peacetech.net .
PeaceTech recognizes the need to promote an understanding of the causes and consequences of conflicts in the Philippines and the common challenges young Filipinos face. Our goal is to build understanding among the youth throughout the Philippine archipelago.
The National Youth Ambassador for Peace Program is geared towards empowering young leaders to become effective volunteers for peace in the Philippines. In this program, PeaceTech is connecting 40 selected youth leaders in Metro Manila/Cebu region with 40 selected youth leaders in Mindanao through technology specifically videoconferencing to promote solidarity and increase understanding about peace issues affecting them and the country as a whole.
In this program, a majority (if not all) of selected youth volunteers graduate to become PeaceTech Youth Ambassadors. To graduate, volunteers participate in five-day formation workshops on peace education and on-line communication.
Youth Volunteers also spend time on a regular basis mentoring peace clubs in all partner schools of Peace Tech in its Classroom Video Conference Program. High school students in Peace Clubs produce videos, which capture community concerns and questions around the peace process. Videos are then uploaded at www.peacetech.net for all key parties to the peace process to respond to.
Youth volunteers who graduate from formation workshops and who mentor Peace Clubs in schools become “Certified PeaceTech Ambassadors” at the end of the program and join the Annual General Assembly to become an official member of PeaceTech Embassy.
The PeaceTech Youth Ambassador Program consists of three components: Formation Workshops; Peace Club Mentoring; and General Assembly.
Phase 1: Formation Workshop
PeaceTech Inc. will select youth leaders who will participate in the formation and capacity building workshop. Workshops focus on:
- Peace Education
- ICT and social media for peace building
- Project Management
- Leadership and Team building
Workshops are five days and five nights. PTI holds these workshops simultaneously in Mindanao and Metro Manila.
Phase 2: Peace Club Mentoring
Peace Clubs are the outputs of PeaceTech’s Classroom Videoconference Program. These clubs are the “vehicles” through which students of classroom videoconferences report on community concerns around the peace process.
It is at peace clubs that youth volunteers practice the skills they have learned during the Formation Workshop. There is also a time commitment from youth volunteers because they are facilitating peace club meetings in schools and then supervising high school students in producing video reports.
Phase 3: General Assembly
After twelve months, the youth volunteers from all program cities hold one General Assembly. This is to deepen relations between PTI’s youth volunteers, reward volunteers for their work at peace clubs and to prepare youth volunteers for upcoming community projects, which they may implement.
At the end of the General Assembly, youth volunteers become PeaceTech Ambassadors and can officially join the PeaceTech Embassy.
WHO CAN JOIN THE PROGRAM?
This program is open for college students (1st year – 3rd year) who are currently enrolled from a university/college at the following cities:
- Metro Manila 30 participants
- Cebu City 10 participants
- Zamboanga City 10 participants
- Iligan City 10 participants
- Cotabato City 10 participants
- Marawi City 10 participants
- Shortlisting of received online applications
- Panel interview
- Electronic copy of duly accomplished application form with recent picture (You can DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM HERE.)
- Electronic copy of an endorsement letter from Office of Student Affairs
- 1-minute video introduction of the applicant (email the link)
All requirements must be emailed at [email protected] . Visit us on facebook for more details; search National Youth Ambassadors for Peace Program 2012 or visit our website at www.peacetech.net
- Certificate will be given at the Annual General Assembly for those who finished the formation workshop and school club mentoring
- PeaceTech Youth Ambassadors Program is an all-expenses paid program supported by AusAID.