Posts by Shekinah Benitez

An out-of-school youth’s journey of Discovery

Joshua Labra was only 16 years old when he decided to quit school and work instead to support his four younger sisters in their education. Living off only with the income from his mother who worked part-time as a laundry woman and his stepfather who worked as a jeepney driver, Joshua knew, being the eldest,…

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A gang leader turned peacemaker

He looked at the sky, trying to count the times he has been involved in a trouble: “It has been more than one hundred times,” he said. Bensar Tan was only 13 years old, on his first few months as a high school student, when he was recruited in a gang. As a sign of…

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Fourth cycle of expanded SUGPAT Program launched

To better address the adolescent programming in the city, SUGPAT officially launched its program last March 12 at Madrid Hall, Palacio del Sur, Zamboanga City.  Now on its fourth cycle, the SUGPAT Program of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s Center for Culture and the Arts, fully funded and supported by UNICEF and ING was formally…

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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…

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