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The NCA Leadership Journey

NCACL/iamninoy-iamcory Youth Formation Program
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“Youth Leaders to take on the Journey of Ninoy and Cory Aquino in 2011”
The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation calls for applications to its youth leadership program, the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey, which will have 2 runs (May and November) for year 2011 at the Aquino Center, Tarlac.
In the Philippines today, there is an underlying culture of patronage, corruption and deceit. This has resulted in broken institutions, poverty, mistrust of government among citizens, and abuse of the underprivileged. A vacuum of moral leadership in critical areas of national life is impeding the country’s progress. “It’s time to build a new nucleus of leaders that are grounded on spirituality,” NCAF President and Executive Director Rafael C. Lopa says. “From these young people, we can hopefully transform Philippine society.” Using Ninoy and Cory Aquino as role models, the program seeks to reintroduce spirituality as a major foundation for Filipino leadership. Harnessing their innate values systems, the participants take part in a process of self-reflection that will ultimately lead to self-transformation and self-commitment for others and country. “We were overwhelmed how the first batch of leaders accepted the program,” Lopa shares, “it was God at work when He inspired the young participants in choosing a life of love and service.” The program invites the youth leaders to undergo a 3-day transformative experience and be living witnesses of leadership. It is the hope of the foundation that the young persons will be moved to commit to a life of service and mission through effective and impactful community work. The objectives of the program are: • To reintroduce models of leadership based from the lives of Ninoy and Cory Aquino • To realize that spirituality, faith and love are values that anchor one’s life • To build communal experiences in spirituality with other youth leaders • To respond to a life of love through the call for action • To appreciate a life of sacrifice that is deeply rooted in one’s faith The NCA Leadership Journey is open to all young Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines, 18 – 25 yrs. old, and at least a college sophomore (or the equivalent) at the time of the application period. He/she should be a current youth leader, has a passion for excellence and public service and has the ability to communicate well. Interested applicants may download forms at www.iamninoy.com, call up (02)892.5360 and (02)892.2950 or email ncaleadershipjourney@gmail.com. Application forms are to be sent to the following address: iamninoy-iamcory Secretariat The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation 4/F Jose Cojuangco and Sons Building 119 Dela Rosa cor. Castro Streets Legazpi Village, Makati City Deadline of application forms is on April 15, 2011, Firiday, 5:00 pm. Based from the application process, NCAF will select the Top 60 applicants who will participate in the NCA Leadership Journey on May (Batch 2) and November (Batch 3) at the Aquino Center, Tarlac.

The Foundation also used part of its endowment fund to grant scholarships to poor but deserving students. BSAF.The NCA Leadership Journey NCACL/iamninoy-iamcory Youth Formation Program The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. . Jr. expressing their selflessness in myriad ways on. an institution established with the help of Drs. From their ranks will emerge youth leaders who can realize their full potential through a process of spiritual transformation in the mold of Ninoy and Cory Aquino. form. the movement envisions a more just. in partnership with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL). and doing volunteer work. established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy. the campaign invited young Filipinos to look at society “through Ninoy’s eyes” and to surface the selfless hero inside them. and microfinance institutions. world-class leaders. With the help of donor groups. and to give recognition to exemplary individuals and groups. BSAF launched the iamninoy campaign with the help of creative and merchandise partners to introduce Ninoy Aquino to new generations of Filipinos as a fitting commemoration of his 25th death anniversary. Foundation (BSAF). NCACL seeks to identify. can develop into a community of empowering. As NCAF’s core youth mobilization and empowerment program. Aquino ascended to the presidency in February 1986. Using the senator’s iconic eyeglasses as its visual signature. Its activities were limited during the tumultuous years following Ninoy Aquino’s assassination and after Mrs. NCAF seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. nurture and recognize individuals who. supported programs to strengthen cooperatives. equitable and sustainable society where the youth is empowered to play a central role in its realization. On August 21. Rolando and Rosalinda Hortaleza of Splash Corporation. through the Institute for People Power and Development (IPPD). When President Cory’s term ended. to sponsor occasional symposia on democratic themes. humane. 2008. Aquino. the Foundation came to be known as NCAF and the highly successful campaign was elevated into the iamninoy-iamcory Movement. Its mission is to surface a new generation of Filipinos who are willing to step up as selfless heroes in their own right.and off-line. Today. BSAF became her primary vehicle for continuing to engage nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) that played a key role in empowering communities and reviving democratic institutions alongside her administration. helping various advocacies and beneficiaries by buying iamninoy merchandise. carried out in cooperation with various partners and networks. through a process of selftransformation. This has spawned the NCA Leadership Journey. The youth embraced the campaign. which were dubbed as “People Power People”. A few months after President Cory passed away in August 2009. human rights education among law enforcers.