Renewing the youth’s social consciousness

MAY Fiel Divino thinks that if the youth overcomes apathy, they are able to unlock their potential and help their immediate communities.

The 19-year-old junior psychology student in Ateneo De Davao University believes that regular engagements that awaken the youth’s social consciousness is a good step to turning away from apathy.

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DURING the YSEALI caravan, student organization in the university also mounted exhibits to encourage other students to join meaningful causes.

Divino says that the youth needs to be aware of the things that concern them and the people around them so that they can find way to solve problems that are often ignored because of other distractions.

“We can’t solve problems if we are apathetic,” she says, mentioning how we also experience same problems with other countries. “When we go to the grassroots level, we are able to reinforce awareness in young people.”

She says that initiatives by young people go a long way—and it all starts with social consciousness.

Divino leads the Davao alumni group of the United States Grantees, who recently just mounted a caravan with student organizations in the university (student council, international studies students group, etc.) and the US Department of State.

The caravan, which promotes the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) to strengthen leadership and development and networking in the Southeast Asian region, helps align YSEALI’s critical topics with the youth: civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, entrepreneurship, and economic development and education.

YSEALI is the US government’s program for the youth that covers US educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, as well as capacity building and leadership in the ASEAN context.

During the event, student organization in the university also mounted exhibits to encourage other students to join meaningful causes.

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