Staying in school was difficult for 17-year-old Rajiskan, “Nawalan na talaga ako ng gana sa pag-aaral (I just lost all interest in going to school).” For three years, Rajiskhan Hadjula from Barangay Mariki, Zamboanga City was out-of-school. During those three long years, he considered himself as “tambay” (from the word standby, meaning being idle). When…

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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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Last November 26, Ateneo-SUGPAT attended the first ever Filipino Youth Volunteers Convention as a speaker for the Social Innovation & Community Development break-out session at the SMX Aura Convention Center, Manila. SUGPAT was represented by its program director, Kiko Miranda, who shared the stage alongside Mr. Prim Paypon, founder of The Dream Project. During his…

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