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09/04/2013: Search On for Outstanding FilAm Youth Leaders

9 April 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy has embarked on this year’s search for outstanding youth leaders who will take part in an immersive program that seeks to transform them into effective advocates of the Filipino-American cause here in the United States.

In a statement, the Embassy said it is now accepting applications from Filipino-Americans between the age of 18 and 40 for the 2nd Filipino-American Youth Leaders Program (FYLPro) that will take place in the Philippines in July.

The Embassy aid 10 Filipino-American youth leaders will be selected for the program that was initiated last year by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Mrs. Victoria J. Cuisia in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI).

“We hope to attract more young Filipino-American leaders who we hope will be among the movers and shakers among the emerging generation of Filipino-Americans,” Ambassador Cuisia said.  “The involvement of these emerging leaders in the Filipino-American community is expected to further add vibrancy and dynamism to the development of the Philippines and to the Filipino-American community in the United States.”

According to Ambassador Cuisia, this year’s FYLPro intends to build on the success of last year’s program that yielded a remarkable batch of young Filipino-Americans who continue to embark on different advocacies to help promote further progress in the Philippines and to further engage the multi-faceted Filipino-American community.

“The first batch of delegates have gone to undertake, among others, political advocacy initiatives, cultural and tourism promotion programs, social entrepreneurship activities, education innovations, Filipino-American heritage projects, voter awareness and education, and have even launched political campaigns of their own,” Ambassador Cuisia said.

Among the qualifications for the outstanding Filipino American achievers and leaders are the applicant’s scholastic achievements and other accolades, leadership skills,  accomplishments, active involvement in school,  civic, political, business and other organizations as well as their vision, innovativeness and commitment to making a difference in the Philippines and within the Filipino-American community.

First Secretary and Consul Emil T. Fernandez, FYLPro program coordinator, said the chosen delegates will take part in an immersive program in the Philippines from 7 to 9 July and will likewise participate in the 8th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) from 9 to 11 July.

Consul Fernandez said the special FYLPro program will afford them the opportunity to meet and dialogue with the highest officials and policymakers in the Philippines, leaders of industry, legislators, media, artists and cultural experts, entrepreneurs both traditional and social, as well as innovators in different fields.

According to Consul Fernandez, applicants should be no younger than 18 years old or no older than 40 years old by July 1. They should be ready to travel by this date (i.e. have a valid passport for international travel).  The chosen participants are expected to commit time, skills, and resources to engage with the Philippine Foreign Service posts in the United States in ways which would advance the causes and interest of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans.

The application form for the search may be accessed at the following link, http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/uploads/pdfs/embassy/2013/2013-0315-FYLPro.docx, or interested parties may contact the Philippine Foreign Service post in the US, which has jurisdiction over their place of residence.  The deadline for submission of applications is 30 April 2013. The names of the chosen delegates will be announced on the website of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., www.philippineembassy-usa.org, on 15 May 2013.  END