The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) have entered into an agreement integrating the foundation’s youth training program with the school’s National Service Training Program (NSTP).
RAFI and USJ-R would collaborate through the adoption of projects and activities under RAFI’s Young Minds Academy (YMA) youth leadership and citizenship development program. YMA trains and develops the youth towards being “responsible and accountable leaders and proactive citizens ready to serve the public and its interest.”
Through the partnership, RAFI and USJ-R will co-develop “YMA-enriched” Civil Welfare Training Service (CWTS) modules for pilot implementation in school year 2015-2016 and for full implementation beginning the school year after.
“This brilliant project springs from RAFI and USJ-R’s shared mission – the education and formation of the heart and the mind of the youth. We share the same passion – helping young people become responsible leaders and proactive citizens ready to serve their country and fellowmen,” affirmed Fr. Maspara.
The YMA-NSTP Integration is one of the key initiatives of the Leadership and Governance Institute program of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center under RAFI’s Leadership and Citizenship focus area, which aims to build a community that is ready to effect change. The other focus areas of RAFI are Integrated Development, Microfinance & Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage and Education.