Out-of-school youths and barangay leaders complete SUGPAT Programs

After almost a year of journeying together, the 70 fellows of the SUGPAT Barangay Leadership Program (BLP) and 28 fellows of the SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts (ALSPA) finally completes programs of SUGPAT.

The joint completion of the ALSPA and BLP Fellows were witnessed by partners from UNICEF, the city government, faculty and staff of Ateneo de Zamboanga, and the completers’ loved ones last February 28 at the Madrid Hall, Palacio del Sur. 

“To our completers, I know for sure that you will be proud. Because when people ask you, you can say ‘I am a graduate of Ateneo.’” Mx Mario Balibago, UNICEF Philippines HIV Specialist said in her message. 

The eight-month SUGPAT ALSPA Program produced 28 completers who underwent classes on human rights, human dignity, design thinking, creative arts workshops, and project management. 

As a final output, the fellows organized and implemented community projects. The video presentations of their projects were shown during the program.

Moreover, the 70 barangay officials and SK officials completed the six-month long SUGPAT BLP, where they underwent the Bridging Leadership Framework.

To improve youth participation in the barangay level through improving the technical skills of crafting a youth developmental plan, improving approaches, defining more innovative strategies, and traditional mindsets to create better programs that is appropriate for young people, the SUGPAT Barangay Leadership Program was born, Program Director Marco Alfino “Kiko” Miranda said. 

The BLP fellows showcased their gains, best practices, and milestones during the BLP Colloquium which happened during the morning. 

Ateneo de Zamboanga President Fr. Karel San Juan, SJ said, “I would like to express my joy for reaching this point of honoring you, our SUGPAT completers and BLP completers and to proudly proclaim you as completers of this program of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University.”

“All our pains become worth it when our “why’s” are clear. SUGPAT will always be here to continuously believe that every dream matters,” Miranda said in his closing message.

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