How we spend our time defines us

Dear Kapatid,

Happy August!

We, at the Positive Youth Development Network, see time as the currency of love. As a progressive organization, we value time as an important resource that cannot be bought by money. Time is something we give freely, out of love for our communities, our country. It paves our strategies, it carves our pathway.

As we write this letter, we think of you as one of the indispensable reasons for our existence. Despite the evolving priorities, we take time to communicate with you and extend how we feel, and how we think with the high hope that we can encourage you to do the same with your constituents.

Last week, we invested our time in ensuring that the Young House Heroes Initiative (YHHI) will be sustained. We are happy to report that through the support of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, YHHI will be adopted and expanded in Iloilo City. With the support of our local partners, we also worked with the Iloilo City Council on the crafting of the City Ordinance establishing a community-based mental health program and support. Furthermore, we also started an unprecedented partnership with the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Iloilo Province and Iloilo City to work on mental health programs for young people.

Lastly, we are investing our time for the upcoming Youth Hour 2020. It will be launched on August 12, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. YOUTH HOUR is a unified celebration of the young people’s contribution to nation-building in the Philippines. Young people have played an indispensable role in nation-building and this campaign sets a dedicated time for Filipinos to come together and celebrate young people’s contributions and sacrifices. We invite you to join us on this historic occasion. We tailored the activities based on your needs. You can access the toolkit here. We encourage you also to register here.

Finally, as you start the first week of August, we encourage you to be mindful of the time. We cannot solve everything. Prioritize the things that matter to you. Work on the things, and be with the people who give you hope, meaning, and inspiration to leave a lasting impact for a better future.

For the youth,

Alfred O. Dicto
Executive Director,
Positive Youth Development Network, Inc.

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