ABOUT SUGPAT

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.

What started as an arts for development project in 2015, SUGPAT has transformed into a social innovation program addressing adolescent programming through innovative strategies covering areas on policy, research, and barangay and youth leadership, while still continuing and even advancing the alternative education program all contributing to the vision of becoming a pioneer resource center for adolescents in the country.

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SUGPAT Through The Years

  • 2013

    The Zamboanga Siege happens, displacing more than 100,000 people composed mostly of women and children.

  • May 28, 2018

    2014

    Ateneo establishes the AdZU-Recovery and Assistance Program to respond to the needs of internally displaced people caused by the 2013 siege.

  • May 28, 2018

    2015

    March - The Center for Performing and Visual Arts is renamed the Ateneo Center for Culture and the Arts (ACCA) and placed under the Social Development cluster of ADZU. This transition determined the direction of culture and arts programming of the center towards social development.

  • May 28, 2018

    April, 2015

    Newly appointed as Director of the Center for Culture and the Arts, Kiko Miranda meets Emma Brathwaite, then HIV and Adolescent Specialist for UNICEF Philippines. Their initial conversations revolved around exploring creative strategies to engage out-of-school youth in Masepla Transitory Site - the biggest transitory site for IDPs of Zamboanga City.

  • May 28, 2018

    August, 2015

    ADZU enters into a Small Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA) with UNICEF Philippines to kick-off the SUGPAT Arts for Development project.

  • May 28, 2018

    October, 2015

    61 out-of-school youth living in Masepla transitory site participate in a highly collaborative 5-day workshop on Photography facilitated by community-based contemporary artist Ralph Eya. Through photos, the participants were able to tell dynamic stories of resilience, hope, and life as IDP youth.

  • May 28, 2018

    November, 2015

    With themes on health and hygiene, education, peace, and environment, 23 out-of-school youth from Masepla create their own puppets and performances through the mentorship of Kiko Miranda as workshop facilitator.

  • May 28, 2018

    December, 2015

    Believing in the power of the creative arts to unite communities, the 1st Masepla Arts Festival is organized.  The outputs from the photography and the puppetry workshops were presented by the SUGPAT participants to the delight of the Masepla community.

  • May 28, 2018

    2016

    January - The first SUGPAT Participatory Filmmaking workshop produces 23 aspiring filmmakers who made five films which focused on community issues such as displacement, access to education, healing from the effects of the siege, poverty, and drugs. Kim Tayona, a local filmmaker, served as mentor and workshop facilitator.

  • May 28, 2018

    February, 2016

    A second batch for the film workshop is held where participants learned hands-on the tips and techniques in filmmaking and telling stories of the community that mattered. The mentor and workshop facilitator for this batch was Xeph Suarez.

  • May 28, 2018

    March, 2016

    A five-day Visual Arts Workshop with Ramona Monyeen Barbaso keeps the hands of SUGPAT participants colorful and busy as they work to create paintings, sculptures, and installation art.

  • May 28, 2018

    April, 2016

    Thirty photographs from the SUGPAT Photography workshop participants are placed on exhibit in “SUGPAT: Stories of Permanence in Transience,” at the Green Sun Hotel, Makati City.  The exhibit landed at the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

  • May 28, 2018

    July, 2016

    Ateneo de Zamboanga University enters into a Programme Cooperation Agreement with UNICEF Philippines.  The SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts is born.

  • May 28, 2018

    September, 2016

    The SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts is officially launched with 30 out-of-school youth scholars as the pioneer batch.

  • May 28, 2018

    October, 2016

    SUGPAT short films created by out-of-school youth in Masepla are given a special screening at the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival.

  • May 28, 2018

    October, 2016

    The short films produced during the SUGPAT Participatory Workshop are exhibited and showcased in numerous high schools in Zamboanga City as part of the SUGPAT Travelling Film Festival. The directors of the said films joined the film festival to talk about the inception and inspiration behind their work.

  • May 28, 2018

    November, 2016

    CNN Philippines features SUGPAT in an article entitled “What filmmaking did for the children of war in Zamboanga City” written by Regine Cabato.

  • May 28, 2018

    2017

    February - Integrating issues on discrimination, diversity, and intercultural harmony through the popular art form which is rap, SUGPAT organizes a Rap Workshop in Basilan. It was a five-day intensive art workshop that culminated with a community performance of rap by all 30 learners.

  • May 28, 2018

    March, 2017

    SUGPAT becomes a member of the inter-agency and multisectoral Out-of-School Youth Development Alliance which highlights the involvement of OSY as alliance members, making them active partners in program development and implementation rather than mere beneficiaries.

  • May 28, 2018

    April, 2017

    The first set of learners complete the SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts program and are awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Department of Education Alternative Learning System program.

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