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Changing Ourselves to Change the World: Responding to the Challenge of a Global Ethic Leadership




Third Eastern Visayas Student Council Leadership Conference 28 to 30 November 2008, Thursday to Sunday VicMar Beach Resort, Baybay, San Jose, Tacloban City ABOUT THE PROGRAM Given the avenues for growth and development could enable the youth to vividly envision and channel their passion and energies into becoming effective agents in nation-building. With this in mind, the AN WARAY Party List Organization took the initiative to establish an active partnership with the youth in Eastern Visayas to harness their potential and be of service to the community. Hence, the opportunity to build closer ties with student leaders within the region urged a number of young leaders to spur the creation of the Student Council Leadership Conference in the year 2006. Run entirely by the youth, for nearly three years now the conference has firmly established its niche in creating a dialogue platform among student council leaders within Eastern Visayas and a forum that provides opportunities for closer and more regular contact among student leaders who will become now and in the future leaders of their own generation. Young voices continue to be heard and plan of actions have thus borne fruitful projects. Through a consensual, consultative and principle-oriented process, student leaders are given the chance to discuss key student leadership issues, study the current trends and challenges confronting their fellow college students, brainstorm possible solutions and responses to such challenges and enhance themselves with the necessary skills in order to concretize and realize such solutions and responses. The Student LeadCon process is composed of three “E” steps: engage, enhance and empower. • Engage. During the conference, student council leaders from colleges and universities within Eastern Visayas are given the opportunity to gather together and form innovative, strong and sustainable networks, linkages and connections among themselves and collaborate in studying, identifying and formulating creative ideas and promising practices in the student development field. Enhance. Through talks, roundtable discussions, open forums and breakout sessions, the Student LeadCon will enable student council leaders to learn from, teach, support and inspire each other in advancing the in-school youth sector by expanding their leadership knowledge, strengthening their management skills and building positive connections among in-school youth. Empower. The Student LeadCon also hopes to encourage both student leaders and organizations to develop a student development plan for their respective campuses that would accentuate how young people can be viewed as valued resources and partners in the community. Student leaders are further empowered to fully perform their leadership role by sharing their energy, time, efforts and focus to the pursuit of the development of the academic community.

In fulfillment of its education and youth development agenda, the AN WARAY Party List Organization hopes that with the diligence and persistence of the Student Council Leadership Conference, more young decision-makers will converge and be inspired with the united vision, and more challenging endeavors will be undertaken that will reveal the real value of their involvement and commitment in nation building. With the number of participants growing with every year, and with the guidance of mentors and delegates from the previous LeadCon, the future is bright as they continue working together to realize their dreams of creating a better future for our country.

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PROGRAM OBJECTIVES The objectives of the Student LeadCon are: 1) To enable student leaders to enhance and empower their leadership capacities and potentials in response to the current and other developmental issues that confront the student sector; 2) To provide student leaders with opportunities to study, find and formulate creative ideas and promising practices in the student development field through talks, roundtable discussions, open forums and other learning activities; 3) To encourage student leaders to explore concrete ways to better serve their communities through effective community service, positive leadership roles and active community involvement. PARTICIPANTS The Student LeadCon is open to all college students who presently hold key leadership roles in the central student councils of both state and private colleges and universities within Eastern Visayas. Participants must be officially nominated by their respective student councils. Any student leader who had already participant in previous Student LeadCon cannot anymore participate in the Third Eastern Visayas Student Council Leadership Conference. The applicants for participation must pre-register beforehand with the Conference Secretariat and comply with all the requirements and questionnaires as required by the convenors.

Each individual participant shall submit the following application requirements: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. individual application form with 2x2 pictures accomplished in triplicate letter of confirmation recent curriculum vitae or résumé (in triplicate) resolution of nomination by the school student council accomplished student leadership questionnaire accomplished study modules

Each school delegation shall submit the following group application requirements 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. group registration form accomplished in triplicate organizational charter (or constitution and by-laws) (if any) vision, mission and goal statements (if any) past and current action plans (if any) accomplished student council leadership questionnaire

The registration forms, questionnaires and study modules may be reproduced. The accomplished application forms together with all documents and pre-conference questionnaires must be submitted on or before the Student LeadCon. The Conference Secretariat reserves the right and the prerogative to exclude applicants who will not meet the stated requirements. METHODOLOGY The Conference Staff to be determined by the convenors will facilitate the Student LeadCon. The Conference Director shall head the conference staff and take overall supervision of the entire conference. Keynote Talks. At the opening of the conference, a keynote address on the theme of the conference will be given by an invited speaker. The keynote address will set the content and the theme of the succeeding sessions. A closing session will end the Student LeadCon during which a closing speaker shall be invited to address the participants. Roundtable Discussion. During the conference, the roundtable discussion methodology will be utilized. At every session, a talk on a topic relevant to student leadership and to the conference theme will be given by a resource person or by an expert invited by the conference staff. An open forum will follow the talk, during which reactors, selected from the participants themselves, will address questions to the resource persons or experts or share their opinions with the body. After all the reactors have raised questions or express their thoughts and if there is still ample time, any participant then may rise to pose a question or make a statement of his opinion. The moderator will facilitate dialogue and the exchange of ideas between the resource persons and the participants and among the participants themselves

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Breakout Sessions and Challenge Courses. There will also be breakout sessions and challenge courses during which the participants will be divided into separate workshop groups. Trainings on varying leadership and organizational skills will be conducted by invited resource persons. Executive Session. An executive session will also be held during the conference with the exclusive participation of student council presidents. An agenda will be drawn by the conference staff. The conference declaration will also be drafted during this meeting. During the executive session, the student council presidents will also elect from their membership the chairperson, deputy chairpersons and floor leaders who will preside over the closing session of the conference. At the end of the conference, the participants will draft a conference declaration encapsulating the various experiences and lessons learned during the event as well as a statement of commitment to pursue them after the conference. The declaration will be made in the name of all participants and will be voted upon for approval before it is adopted by the conference. CONFERENCE RULES 1. 2. The term “participant" shall refer to a student council officer attending the Student LeadCon. All participants are required to attend all plenary sessions, assigned events or meetings, and conference activities. They cannot leave the premises of the conference venue or stay at the dormitory without the prior permission of the secretariat. No alcoholic beverages, tobacco, controlled substances or narcotics, in any form shall by consumed, possessed or used by a participant at any time during the conference under any circumstances. All participants must be prompt and prepared for all activities. During roundtable discussions and plenary sessions, they are expected to be in the session hall at least fifteen minutes before the schedule. All participants must honor the conference curfew. Curfew is at 11:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted in the schedule. At curfew time, all lights must be put off and all participants are expected to be in their respective rooms. There shall be no defacing of venue property. Any damages to property or furnishings in the conference venue must be paid for by the individual responsible. He will be billed directly by the conference venue for any damages. Identification cards must be worn at all conference events. Appropriate attire will be required during plenary and breakout sessions. Inappropriate dress may not be worn at conference functions. Cellular phones must be turned off or be on silent mode when inside the session hall and during all plenary and breakout sessions. All participants agree to conduct themselves in professional and ethical manner at all times and to follow the directives of official conference staff and venue staff. English and Filipino shall be the official languages of the conference. All participants shall be courteous in addressing the speaker or the presiding officer of the conference. All participants who violate or ignore any of the conference rules shall be immediately notified of their demeanor. All participants should also follow all local school rules of conduct.

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS 1. It is best to pre-register before the event. Preregistration can be done online through 2. Things to bring: • • • • • • • Accomplished individual and group requirements. It is best to submit the requirements before the date of the conference. Filipiniana or formal ethnic attire for the Opening Program. Smart casual attire for the Plenary Sessions. Comfortable casual attire and rubber shoes for the Challenge Course. Formal evening attire for the Fellowship Dinner. Cap and wide handkerchief for the challenge courses. Medicines, towels, toiletries and special effects.

3. Deadline for Registration is on November 26, 2008.

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PARTICIPATION COSTS AN WARAY will shoulder the participation costs during the conference proper (registration, food and accommodation) for the reserved slots assigned to your school. Should your school be interested for extra slots, please contact the Conference Secretariat for arrangements. Participation costs for the extra slots, however, will be charged against the additional participants. The participants will also have to shoulder their own transportation expenses.

CONTACT DETAILS For reservation, pre-registration, inquiries and further information, please contact: Rosianette Cadayong, Conference Director Mobile No. 0929 849 3630 Michelle Basal, Secretariat Chairperson Mobile No. 0910 220 6151 Philip Jude A Acidre, Lead Convenor Mobile No. 0915 740 5342

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