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The Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) Fellowship is a flagship program that aims to invest in the leadership skills of youth leaders across the Philippines and strengthen their capacity to navigate, engage, and optimize platforms for democratic governance across all levels.

It seeks to ground youth leadership in a deeper appreciation of democracy, democratic values, structures, and systems, following YouthLed’s Youth Leadership Development Framework.

LEAD Fellowship Tracks

YouthLed recognizes the various pathways for Filipino youth leaders to practice their leadership knowledge and skills, and create positive change. The LEAD Fellowship program has three tracks:

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LEAD Fellowship Support

LEAD Fellows receive the following support through the program:

Learning Sessions

A series of learning sessions on various topics that harness the leadership knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the LEAD Fellows.

Mentorship Sessions

An opportunity to consult experts and seasoned leaders on leadership experiences, program management, and advocacy work.

Fellowship Grant

Seed grant of Php 50,000 to support the LEAD Fellows in jumpstarting their Change Project.

Democracy Grant

An additional grant of up to Php 250,000 to help LEAD Fellows scale up their Change Project and impact.

Meet the Leadership and Democracy Fellows


Adrian Luke Gallardo

Project SIROSA

Project Location: San Felipe, Zambales

Project SIROSA aims to build the capacities of youth in arts, sports, and literacy through engaging seminars and training. It seeks to create partnerships with youth organizations and build an organization of volunteer teachers to facilitate skills exchange with youth, particularly in the out-of-school youth sector.

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Carl Jebby Daug

Tayo ang Demokrasya!

Project Location: Sibagat, Agusan del Sur

Tayo ang Demokrasya! is a project that aims to increase the appreciation and participation of civil society organizations in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur in democratic governance to ensure a participatory decision-making process. Tayo ang Demokrasya! capacity development and creation of democratic spaces such as people’s councils.

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Eunie Mae Fernando

Akkao Cacao

Project Location: Baler, Aurora

Akkao Cacao aims to develop the skills of 4-H Club members in Baler, Aurora on fossilizing Cacao leaves to boost the community’s livelihood and tourism opportunities. By exploring the artistic potential of fossilized Cacao, the project does not only offer unique handcrafted products but also contributes to environmental conservation and ethical practices.

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George Estolloso

Kaya NaTEEN! Initiative

Project Location: Nabas, Aklan

Kaya NaTEEN! Initiative aims to address the knowledge and awareness gaps of youth in Barangay Unidos in Nabas, Aklan by implementing an informative and culturally sensitive reproductive health and sex education program. It seeks to capacitate 15 adolescents as Kaya NaTEEN! Mentors and provide support in delivering reproductive health and sex education.

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Jenelyn Kate Tabugoc

Project Huna-una

Project Location: Molo, Iloilo City

Project Huna-una is a community-based mental health initiative that aims to make mental health services more accessible to children and youth. It seeks to establish a mental health corner in barangays starting with Barangay San Juan in Molo, Iloilo City. Strengthening their effort, the project also aims to institutionalize mental health support in the barangay by passing a local ordinance.

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John Matthew Yamzon

Kaya Ko! Project

Project Location: Manila City, Manila

Kaya Ko! is a project that aims to increase the capacities of children in conflict with the law (CICLs) in digital literacy and job readiness to increase their access to meaningful livelihood opportunities. The project is developing an 80-hour course with modules that will train 64 CICLs at the Manila Youth Reception Center.

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King Paulo Bukid


Project Location: Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro

Project Kabataan para sa mas Malusog na Camilmil (KASAMACA) aims to address shortages of quality basic medical equipment and manpower to facilitate basic health services in Barangay Camilmil in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. It endeavors to engage and empower youth to become health advocates, amplifying community health initiatives.

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Lemuel Dicolano

Youth-led Actions Addressing Childhood Statelessness

Project Location: Datu Blah Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte

Youth-led Actions Addressing Childhood Statelessness aims to raise the awareness of the community in Datu Blah Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte of the importance of birth certificate registration to enable access to government support and services. It also seeks to empower youth leaders as key advocates for birth registration, effectively mobilizing their peers and communities.

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Mahatma Sangacala

AGRI Tayo Project

Project Location: Mother Kabuntalan

The AGRI Tayo project in Mother Kabuntalan aims to support the local farmers, especially the youth, through forming an association for better access to government programs and services. It seeks to blend traditional farming with modern techniques to boost the next generation farmers’ skills and help them spot new chances for growth.

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Roman Cisneros, Jr.


Project Location: Cebu City, Cebu

TrabahOportunidad aims to provide comprehensive, ladderized technical assistance to job seekers, equipping them with the essential skills and knowledge to navigate the job market successfully. It aims to assist youth job seekers in securing meaningful employment opportunities that align with their preferences and meet the demands of the industry.

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Aden Jay Bantan

3STEP (Speak, Scholarship, and Sustainable Livelihood)

Project Location: General Santos City, South Cotabato

3STEP (Speak, Scholarship and Sustainable Livelihood to Combat Teenage Pregnancy): Empowering Youth and Young Couples, Combating the Root Causes of Teenage Pregnancy aims to address the underlying causes of teenage pregnancy by providing comprehensive education, empowerment opportunities, and sustainable livelihood support in Barangay San Jose, General Santos City.

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Ahmed Ibn Djaliv Hataman

Taguima Youth Alliance

Project Location: District I, Basilan

The Taguima Youth Alliance is a youth-led, province-wide coalition of similarly youth-led Non-Government Organizations in Basilan, focused on providing support in the form of helping secure funds for projects of member organizations, encouraging lateral collaboration and projects between member organizations, and providing capacity building trainings in various aspects of youth leadership.

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Datu Al-Rauf Engkas

Balaguna: Community Innovations for Peace

Project Location: Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte

The Balaguna: Community Innovations for Peace Project endeavors to support and empower bakwit or internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte. The project aims to equip IDPs with the knowledge and abilities to generate income through fishery-related activities and efficient business practices, fostering their independence and resilience.

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Jake Espina

Project Sa Kawayan, Kaya Yan!

Project Location: Kawayan, Biliran

Project SKKY or SA KAWAYAN, KAYA YAN! is a Youth Ascension initiative which aims to empower newly-elected and appointed Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)officials and members through a series of targeted capacity development trainings. Designed to equip our youth leaders with essential and practical skills and knowledge enabling them to be more competent changemakers for the youth and the whole of Kawayan.

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Joal Cocjin

Young Catandunganon Leaders Initiative

Project Location: San Andres, Catanduanes

Young Catandunganon Leaders Initiative (YCLI) is a system of partnership for meaningful, sustainable, and evidence-based youth development programs between the Local Government of Catanduanes and Young Catandunganon Leaders Institute, a youth-led, non-profit organization singularly focused on developing and nurturing new generation of leaders in the province of Catanduanes. We aim to conduct youth-research, provide training, capacity building and mentorship, and establish young leaders network.

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Jomil Bryan Serna

Taguig City Youth Code of 2023

Project Location: Taguig City, Manila

The Taguig City Youth Code of 2023 suggests enacting an ordinance

to formalize a youth participation policy and allocate funds for its implementation. The advocate emphasizes the importance of institutionalizing youth programs beyond political terms. It also recommends the passage of the Taguig Youth Code, establishing bodies like the Local Youth Development Council and Taguig Youth Leaders’ Congress.

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Mark Angelo Dela Cruz

Agapay Malanday

Project Location: Malanday, Valenzuela City

Agapay Malanday aims to engage youth with disabilities and their families to more community opportunities like livelihood programs to upscale their living and inclusive plans to mitigate the social stigma to persons with disabilities.

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Maurice Phillip Albayda

Pag-asa sa Pag-asa

Project Location: Kalayaan, Palawan

Pag-asa sa Pag-asa (Creating Realistic Hope based on Current Realities) aims to detach the dependency of the population from the pleasure political incumbents by providing social perception mechanisms and use their maximum potential to be economically and socially stable. In order for the populace’ not to be exploited, a collective leap of fate would pave a possibility of enabling them to continue life, dreams and aspirations for their family.

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Princess Kimberly Ubay-ubay

Expanded Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Ordinance

Project Location: Alubijid, Misamis Oriental

Kim aims to introduce an Ordinance Establishing the Expanded Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of Alubijid, Misamis Oriental that focuses on legal aid, counseling services and livelihood program. As a proactive measure, the Ordinance will tackle ways to strengthen the foundation of the family, inculcate values on gender protection in schools, integrate gender equality in the workplace, and provide livelihood opportunities for women who are economically dependent to their partners.

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Ryl Garcia

Project Deafenders

Project Location: Quezon City, Manila

Project Deafenders addresses the societal divide between Deaf and Hard Hearing people and hearing individuals in terms of equal access to opportunities, especially in livelihood and employment opportunities. The project aims to build a champion Deaf and Hard Hearing Community in Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City.

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Aljon Patrick Acupan

FYI4FOI Project

Project Location: Laguna

The FYI4FOI Project, through a youth-led community of practice for Freedom of Information, aims to inspire local governments to develop a culture of openness and transparency in decision-making. It seeks to widen the constituency of young advocates of FOI. and demonstrate that information access motivates youth participation in governance and fosters change in communities.

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Annika Carolina Acebedo

Project Higayon

Project Location: Tacloban City, Leyte

Project Higayon is a a community-based initiative aimed at building confidence and capacity of Out-of-School youth in Tacloban City, Leyte through job readiness and essential life skills trainings, and peer and community engagement activities. It seeks to create a solid foundation that empowers OSY with both skills and sense of belonging and support, ensuring their journey towards employment readiness is comprehensive and sustainable.

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Boyd Luis Antonio Tolentino Jr.

KASAPI Politics Lab

Project Location: San Pedro, Laguna

KASAPI Politics Lab (Kabataang Aktibo Para Sa Politikang Inklusibo) is a collaborative hub designed to assist young leaders and youth organizations in engaging in political processes. Through conducting experiments, offering participatory spaces, and other services, the project aims to develop innovative solutions to help young people gain political influence, enhance their political participation, and address complex political challenges.

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Caroline Jhoy Nacional


Project Location: Mindupok, Sarangani

The REIGNA initiative aims to empower women in conflict-affected areas of Mindupok, Sarangani by providing livelihood training in coconut-based cosmetics production. The program will equip women with skills to create and sell products like lip balm, fostering economic independence. It will also include gender sensitivity workshops, leadership development, and community engagement to promote gender equity and peace.

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Edren Llanillo

ALWAR x Go Bike Project

Project Location: Pangasinan

Alliance of Learners Working for Altruism and Resilience (ALWAR) and Go Bike Project are youth-led initiative programs that aim to champion disaster resilience from schools to communities through capacity building and effective mobilization of youth volunteer responders using innovated bicycles. With the usage of customized cargo bicycles equipped with first aid kits, medicines, and disaster response paraphernalia, ALWAR Volunteers and Go Bikers can provide immediate response to save lives.

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Edu Garcia Macabatas

Project #YouMatter

Project Location: Tagum City, Davao del Norte

Project #YouMatter: Referral Pathway for Continuing Intervention is a project that aims to foster functional integration of individuals with learning disabilities into society, facilitated by rehabilitation treatment and community support referrals like functional daily living skills through a childcare collective model.

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Fides Nadine Toribio

Restart Hope for Children in Conflict with the Law

Project Location: Mandaluyong City, Manila

Restart Hope in Children in Conflict with the Law Inc. (Restart) targets to address gaps experienced by youth in correctional settings. Currently piloted in Mandaluyong, the project’s goal is to provide aftercare support to children in conflict with the law by equipping them with tools and skills to become productive members of society.

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Gabriel Villaruel


Project Location: Alabat Island, Quezon Province

AlabArts is a pioneering creative hub and campaign on the culture, arts, and heritage of Alabat Island, Quezon Province. The project aims to provide the youth, education, and culture sectors with resources to learn from the municipality’s history, values, customs, and traditions, while also creating spaces and platforms for local creatives to develop their projects through cultural programming, community activation, and creative sustainability.

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Herna Francie Mae Tano

Andam Eba 4.0

Project Location: Cagayan de Oro

Andam Eba 4.0 is a start-up and accelerator program for unemployed women in Cagayan de Oro City. The program aims to institutionalize an association for women entrepreneurs, provide entrepreneurial skills training, establish a need-based social enterprise and empower through business registration and policy recommendation.

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Ian Embradura

The Family as Safe Space Toolkit

Project Location: Iligan City, Lanao del Norte

The Family as Safe Space Toolkit aims to foster improved understanding and acceptance within families of LGBTQIA+ youth. The desired social outcome is to witness increased levels of communication and empathy between LGBTQIA+ children and their parents/family members.

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James Nathaniel Refugio

E.P.I.C. Project

Project Location: Naga City, Camarines Sur

E.P.I.C. Project is a decision-support toolkit and active citizenship framework that aims to optimize the organizational development planning in public sector particularly the barangay as a basic political unit, defines public administration maturity, evaluates annual investment programs, projects, and activities with holistic participation from non-government organizations through data-driven insights.

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Janine Vicente


Project Location: Dasmariñas City, Cavite

ALSet4Success aims to provide an alternative pathway for Junior High School Alternative Learning System (ALS) Learners in Dasmariñas city, Cavite so they can access more employment opportunities. Through ALSet4Success’ hybrid and a multi-functional platform gearing for a skill to job option which will be co-designed with the local green job industry.

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Jasmin Saricala

Project SiKKap 3.0

Project Location: South Cotabato

Project SiKKap 3.0 aims to develop water hyacinth handicrafts and inaul fabric for Cooperative members, enhancing their aesthetics and marketability. It will also explore partnerships with distributors to address high pricing in the market. The project is deeply rooted in peace-building, focusing on integrating women’s cultural and artistic roles into their products.

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Reinald Jay Belen

Project ABLE

Project Location: Casiguran, Aurora

Project ABLE aims to respond to the challenge of limited parental literacy skills, specifically targeting parents and guardians in the Agta cultural community in Casiguran, Aurora. The project’s objective is to craft a community-driven and context-sensitive program that mobilizes its own members to teach illiterate or low-skilled parents and guardians basic reading and writing skills.

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Zeus Bryan Nicolas

KaPurokan 360

Project Location: Aklan

KaPurokan 360 is a community-driven initiative that empowers volunteers to enhance resilience and preparedness. Through specialized training in first aid, disaster response, and community leadership, volunteers form teams to address various aspects of community well-being. The program also includes advocacy campaigns and coalition building to strengthen community bonds and promote a culture of resilience.

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Fatimatuzzahra Abdulmajid

Fatimatuzzahra Abdulmajid (Fatimatuzzahra Abdulmajid has been awarded with the Leadership Award, Service Award, and Ateneo Peace Award in Ateneo de Zamboanga University. She is a licensed psychometrician and is the youngest college administrator in her role as faculty and Director of Student Development and Placement Center in Notre Dame of Jolo College. She spearheaded the formation of the school’s Advocates and Leaders for Action and Awareness (ADLAAW). She is also a Gawad Kalinga Youth and a Young Ambassador of Peace through the Youth Exchange and Study Program in 2014.)

Nekka Lorelle Abueva

Nekka Lorelle Abueva advocates for upholding the rights of the people especially to those who belong in informal and vulnerable sectors. Nekka strives to be actively involved in meaningful engagements beyond her academics. She believes that the foundation of being well-equipped is to lead and be of service to others.

Maria Korina Bertulfo

Maria Korina “MK” Bertulfo is a finalist in a startup competition in the Philippines: The Final Pitch Season 4 and a cohort of AIM-Dado Banatao, Innovation for Social Impact Partnership, Ashoka, and Facebook Accelerator Program. She is also a Business and Career Trainer, Speaker, and CEO & Founder of Filipina Homebased Moms. MK is passionate about helping Stay-at-home, Corporate, and Overseas moms thrive in their chosen career. She strongly advocates to change the world—one mom at a time.

Capt. Ma. Melissa Bo

Capt. Ma. Melissa Bo is hailed as one of AFP’s young and emerging academic and military leaders. She has written several case studies, seminar papers, and research proposals on women and the environment, and she uses her platform to showcase indigenous women’s participation and opportunities to sustain their income and livelihood.

John Albert Caraan

John Albert Caraan is a research scientist and passionate about science communication especially on new farm and breeding technologies. He hopes that youth-initiated projects can help improve the country’s food system. He is a member of the Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines and a Global Fellow of the Alliance for Science in Cornell University.

Riz Supreme Comia

A forever teacher-at-heart, Riz Supreme Comia, known to her students as “Titser Riz” is a former public school teacher and a former fellow of Teach for the Philippines. She believes that education equity and functional literacy play crucial roles in self-expression, community development, and nation-building. She strives toward a day where her students can choose their own dreams and have the support to make them happen. As a lifelong learner, her current hobbies include choreographing short dances, learning sign language, and trying Python programming projects.

Rod Charlie De Los Reyes

Rod Charlie De Los Reyes believes that an inclusive society is possible in our lifetime. As a young leader, he asserts that this can be achieved through collaboration and cooperation [democracy]. He is an advocate and a champion of people with different abilities and members of the LGBT+ community. Through his training in occupational therapy and experience in social development, he has led and joined various programs that try to create sustainable impact for everyone.

Angela Maree Encomienda

Angela Maree Encomienda works on initiatives centered on conservation efforts, urban development, and good governance. She is active in her extra-curricular activities and puts special focus on an organization she is the founding chairperson of: The Initiative PH, a youth-led organization focused on synergising people’s development initiatives. She is a strong believer of the power of knowledge partnering in community development.

Alexis Glenn Espina

Alexis Glenn Espina is a Certified Public Accountant who worked at the Department of Information and Communications Technology where he helps manage innovation and capacity components of DICT’s flagship program – the Digital Philippines. He also serves as the CEO and CFO of Cloop Technologies, a start-up social entrepreneur group.

Suwaidi Alba Ebrahim

Suwaidi Alba Ebrahim represented Maguindanao in One Mindanao Youth Parliament 2019 and on the Committee of National Defense and Security of the 8th Philippine Model Congress. Suwaidi also served in the Leaders Unite Mindanao; Former Intern of UNFPA Philippines; Kapit Bisig; S’bang ka Maguindanao; and MSU Maguindanao Supreme Student Council. He received the “Bagong Rizal: Pag-Asa ng Bayan Award 2019” and co-authored “2020: A Year of Turning Burdens into Blessings”.

Wynona Galvez

Wynona Galvez is an indigenous peoples’ rights advocate who has been closely working with Sitio Anipa, a Dumagat-Remontado community in Rizal since she was still in college. She served as an Advocacy and Campaigns Lead at WeTheFuturePH, a national youth movement for human rights and democracy; and as a Program Officer for Local Governance at Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, Inc.

Jai Hadji Sapiin

Jai Hadji Sapiin has a decade of teaching experience in formal and informal settings. She is also the founder of Super Lumba, a youth-led organization in Lanao del Sur, which has been recognized as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations. She is also a peace advocate, and a member of the National Youth Volunteers’ Coalition, Social Hub for Education, Ranao Council Inc, and is the youngest member of Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch (MRCW) of International Alert Philippines.

Paul John Hernandez

Paul John Hernandez is a senior high school teacher at Colegio San Agustin-Makati, teaching Humanities and Social Sciences courses. He has co-written Grade school Araling Panlipunan Textbooks and self-learning art education modules for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. He leads the Philippine Leadership, Empowerment, Alliance for Development, Inc., a youth organization focused on countryside youth development. He also founded The Traveling Salakot—a passion project that promotes Philippine culture and arts through cultural education, walking and museum tours and virtual exposures.

John Joseph Ilagan

John Joseph Ilagan is a BS Forestry graduate from the UP Los Baños. In his college years, he was elected as the Chairperson of the UPLB University Student Council. After he graduated, he worked for the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of the Local Government Unit of GMA, Cavite, where he shared valuable contributions and spearheaded environmental activities.

Elvin Laceda

Elvin Laceda is the CEO of RiceUp Farmers Inc. and is part of the United Nations Youth Advisory Board in the Philippines. Elvin draws inspiration from his experience working with marginalized farmers and wishes to craft sustainable programs and livelihood projects for the local community.

Ezel Lambatan

Ezel Lambatan is an active youth member of Oro Youth and is actively representing the vibrant LGBTQIA+ community through their involvement in Mindanao Pride. They graduated from Xavier University – Ateneo De Cagayan with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and took a course on agricultural production with Cagayan de Oro Bugo School of Arts and Trades.

Samuel Madriaga

Samuel Madriaga is active in San Pablo City’s Youth Development Council, Sulong San Pablo, and its Eagle Scouts Association. He received the 2020 UP Manila Gawad Chancellor Outstanding Student and the 2020 Angat Kabataan for Outstanding COVID-19 Response Initiative. Through his passion and commitment, he hopes to shape the future of health leadership in the Philippines to building safer and healthier communities for all Filipinos.

Fatima Pauline Malate

Fatima Pauline Malate served as the Country Head of AISEC in the Philippines—an international organization that aims to develop leadership in youth through practical experiences in challenging environments. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology from the Ateneo de Davao University. Outside of her work, her hobbies include singing and performing.

Jullia Claire Matienzo

Jullia Claire Matienzo is part of We The Future PH and is a Fellow of Active Vista’s Heros Hub. She also founded Spark Hope PH – a youth-led organization that hopes to make a difference to the lives of the Persons with Disabilities by building a more inclusive and rights-based society.

Rodolfo Matucan

Rodolfo Matucan is a youth leader from Pikit, North Cotabato. He is a member of the Siway Alumni Association, a youth network that amplifies platforms for local youth to have safer and progressive spaces in civic, social, and political issues. He participated in the creation of Moro Welfare and Development Code of Cotabato and organized the Greater Cotabato Youth Parliament. He aims to focus on strengthening youth platforms on social participation through unifying existing youth organizations in the 63 barangays of North Cotabato.

Patricia Matute

Patricia Matute believes in the youth’s potential to bring change in communities and nations. She is an Eskwelabs Data Analyst and a graduate of BA Sociology in the University of the Philippines – Los Baños. She is also a member of Young SouthEast Asian Leaders Initiative and a Civic Engagement Academic Fellow to the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 2019. She is the Executive Director of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation.

Saje Miguel Molato

Saje Miguel Molato is a social entrepreneur with focus on innovation and development, education, and public-private partnerships. He pitched his first social enterprise, The Model City Council, during the 2016 Harvard World Model United Nations held in Rome and has since designed a unique platform for youth-led innovation which has received international recognition from the United Nations, The Resolution Project, Yunus & Youth, and the WorldSkills Competition. He founded Siklab Pilipinas which aims to provide greater access to global mobility opportunities and generate innovative avenues for Filipino youth to contribute to the SDGs.

Arianne Bettina Morales

Arianne Bettina Morales joined the youth-led non-profit organization advocating for good governance, GoodGov PH, under their Civic Engagement arm. She aspires to be a development practitioner who has the capacity and compassion to work with grassroots communities towards their empowerment.

John Marlou Salido

John Marlou Salido founded the AVHS Business Youth Leaders’ Alliance or AVHS BYLA which organized the biggest youth convention in the Province of Aklan in 2019, the VENTURE 2.0. He also co-founded Project Kalibo, a youth-led organization responsible for helping community members who were in dire need of help during the Enhanced Community Quarantine. His organization, Project Kalibo, was one of the national finalists during the 18th Search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organization of the Philippines last 2020.

Queenie Tomaro

Queenie Pearl Tomaro teaches courses in political science and peace education. She is a part of the Young Women Leaders + for Peace and Leadership, a nationwide network of young peacebuilders under the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. She also volunteers in the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership, and has several research articles published in internationally refereed and SCOPUS-indexed journals. Queenie’s research interests are in areas of women, peace, and security, public policy, and peace and conflict studies.

Richelle Verdeprado

Richelle Verdeprado is a Registered Social Worker by profession and has completed her Juris Doctor’s degree. Richelle also co-founded Sowing Legacy Movement Inc., an organization which offers scholarship programs and conducts outreach and developmental activities for the youth and partner communities. She is the author of ‘Love and Learning’ Book for a Cause and main author of “Leadership and Legacies.” She was awarded as an Outstanding Social Worker in the Philippines in the field of academe.

Dexter Yang

Dexter Yang is actively involved in political economy research and public service. He founded two organizations advocating for inclusive youth leadership and empowerment through good governance: GoodGovPH and Sulong San Pablo in Laguna. Dexter also finished as a 2021 YSEALI Academic Fellow for Civic Engagement in the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Mark Helton Sua

Marc Helton Sua’s main advocacy is Education, specifically, exploring creative ways to teach Mathematics. He advocates for the promotion of STEM Education in the country by leveraging media, i.e. podcasts, radio shows. Mac was formerly employed at the Department of Education and Ayala Education, Inc.

Shaine Solidum

During college, Shaine Solidum volunteered for BALAYAN Social Action Office, received the Best Thesis award, and was recognized as an Outstanding Student in the Field of Community Involvement for Peace and Social Advocacy. As an SK, she is able to craft policies and develop programs for the youth and continues to advocate for youth empowerment, data innovation and technology for good governance, and rights of Children in Conflict with the Law.

Alexander Miguel Tianco

Alexander Miguel Tianco co-founded Saved by Sports, a youth organization that believes sports can be utilized to empower and spark community development. Saved By Sports aims to save lives and inspire the next generation of national athletes and change-makers by championing inclusive, health-related, and disaster risk mitigation projects taught through sports. As an athlete, Alex was able to represent the country internationally while participating in competitive collegiate leagues. He aims to inspire the youth through sports opportunities.

Youth Leadership Development Framework

YouthLed follows a Youth Leadership Development Framework in working with youth leaders towards strengthening their civic and political leadership capacities. The framework symbolizes the growth of impact from an individual’s response to one that collectively benefits more people, guided by the critical pillars of leadership development.

PAGTUGON (Responding)

Leadership begins with a vision for the ideal as a response to a situation that an individual seeks to change. A leader must be sure of their response and stance on the emerging needs around them.

PAMUMUNO (Leading)

Building the leadership capacity of the youth leaders in order for them to lead organizations and create and nurture collaborative spaces (e.g. coalitions, assemblies, youth networks).


Building the mind set and skills for youth leaders to create meaningful impact within organizations and their own communities, while acknowledging the urgency of current local and global issues.

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