The State of Filipino Youth 2022

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About YouthLed

Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed) is a five-year program that aims to increase civic engagement leading to strengthened participation in Democratic Governance.
The program is composed of leadership development, coalition-building, and civic education and engagement activities among young Filipinos, aged 15 to 30.

YouthLed’s approach is anchored on the principles of Positive Youth Development, creating an enabling and productive environment for the youth.


United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, its work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote international cooperation.


YouthLed employs an issue-based approach to enable mobilization of Filipino youth. This will allow youth to coalesce around similar ideas and advocacies leading to meaningful engagements with their peers and communities.  

YouthLed will provide platforms for increased participation in democratic governance mechanisms that will emanate from the issue-based discussions.

Collectively, the coalition of youth networks, organizations, and youth leaders will amplify and leverage the voices of youth around important national issues – developing a well-informed audience of youth that is aware and can fully participate in democratic governance activities.

Youth Leadership

The YouthLed Youth Leadership Development component is focused on capacity-building and empowerment of emerging youth leaders that can mobilize their organizations and networks towards increasing youth civic participation.

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Youth Coalitions

The YouthLed Youth Coalitions component is designed to empower youth networks to participate in governance processes. In doing so, YouthLed, through its coalition organization members, will create formidable youth constituencies by creating networks of youth organizations around key sectoral issues.

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Civic Education

The YouthLed Civic Education component aims to have an increase in knowledge, skills, disposition, and actions on civic rights, duties, and responsibilities among the Filipino youth through social and academic interventions.

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Target Areas

To help build large youth constituencies, YouthLed will prioritize rapidly developing cities and metropolitan areas with a high presence of youth, schools, universities, NGOs and civil society groups; and areas with high voter turnouts.

These areas will include but not limited to the: USAID Cities Development Initiative Sites (Batangas, Iloilo, Cagayan De Oro, Legaspi, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga, General Santos), within the areas of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and the cities of Bacolod, Baguio, Laoag, Tacloban, Naga, Dumaguete, Bulacan, Cavite, Lingayen, Davao, Cebu, and Metro Manila.

YouthLed's Leadership and Democracy Fellows

Meet the 2021 LEAD Fellows