The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) formally opened the 10th season of its Young Minds Academy (YMA) through a launch activity and orientation held last February 13 at the RAFI-Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC) in Cebu City.
Students aged 12 to 20 years old who pass the screening process shall undergo an 8-month leadership and citizenship development training culminating next November.
“We are interested in developing leaders. The youth have great potential. We want that realized. We don’t want just potential. We want to have potential converted into action and progress,â€ explained RAFI President Roberto Aboitiz about the program.
Supported by UnionBank, YMA brings together future leaders and influencers with the aim of developing a pool of leaders who are ready to effect change and make a difference for the country.
Since its inception in 2006, 833 graduates have emerged from the YMA program with enhanced competencies, strengthened character, and more active citizenship engagement. These were nurtured through learning sessions, community exposure, and project development training anchored on an annual theme, which, for season 10, is “Urban Developmentâ€ with emphasis on livability.