Every Dream Matters

SUGPAT is a local term which generally means to connect, merge, and bring together, and is understood by the different ethno-linguistic groups present in the Zamboanga Peninsula. We seek to connect the out-of-school youth of Zamboanga to opportunities that will help them achieve their dreams.


The SUGPAT Adolescent Development and Participation Program believes in the importance of creating better experiences and opportunities for out-of-school youth during their “second decade of life” - a crucial period of opportunity, growth, exploration, and creativity and at the same time a period of greater risks and vulnerabilities.

The program, established in 2015, saw the emerging need for programs to address the concern of the growing number of out-of-school youth in Zamboanga City.  Through the initiative of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Center for Culture and the Arts, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the SUGPAT Adolescent Development and Participation program was born.

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Our Core Components

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Power for Youth

Implemented by SUGPAT in partnership with the Department of Education, the project focuses on strengthening the delivery of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) and to establish a youth alliance in Zamboanga del Norte.

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Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts

The SUGPAT ALSPA is an alternative learning center dedicated to capacitating out-of-school youth in creativity, innovation, and 21st century skills. The school envisions to form not only learners, but leaders who will be champions of adolescent development and participation in the out-of-school youth sector.

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Barangay Leadership Program

Enabled by the Ateneo Center for Leadership and Governance (ACLG), the BLP is a 6-month program introducing the Bridging Leadership (BL) Framework to barangay leaders, SK officials and youth focal persons through specialized trainings and workshops on adolescent development, leadership, and participation.

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Resource Center for Adolescent Development, Leadership, and Participation

The ADAP Resource Center will be dedicated to the creation and management of knowledge resources specializing on adolescent development, leadership, and participation.

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Our Trusted Partners



The Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago,

Ateneo Center for Culture and the Arts, Eusebio Salvador campus,

Ateneo de Zamboanga University La Purisima St.,

Zamboanga City 7000


(062) 991-0871 loc 4300 • sugpat@adzu.edu.ph

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