“You are given the chance to change the country, and even our planet for the better. I encourage you to use this opportunity to learn, to grow, and most especially, to give back, or even pay it forward, to the communities you are a part of.”
This is what UnionBank EVP and Center for Strategic Partnerships Head Genaro V. Lapez imparted to the scholars of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. – Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (RAFI-EADSC)’s Young Minds Academy (YMA) in Cebu City last April 8.
Lapez, together with UnionBank Communications Officer Liane Reyes affirmed the Bank’s commitment to the program through a covenant signing that marked the beginning of the scholars’ eight-month leadership and citizenship development training journey.
Now on its 10th year, the YMA program brings together future leaders and influencers aged 12 to 20 years old with the aim of developing a pool of leaders who are ready to effect change and make a difference for the country. YMA welcomed 128 new scholars this year, adding to its 833-strong alumni.
UnionBank has been a proud partner of the YMA program since 2008.