We are not turning our backs on hope

Dear Kapatid,

We are not turning our backs on hope.

We feel that the current state of affairs of our country has resulted in further divisions among us. Sometimes, many of us feel frustrated and angry, unsure of the future, and ambivalent about how these will pan out. These are all valid feelings and expressing our opinions and perspectives makes us a stronger nation.

Last week, Positive Youth Development Network conducted an online focus group discussion with youth and adolescents from 17 key areas of the country. We thought that for us to create better programs for them, we should first understand their current situation and get their recommendations. Coming from this discussion, we created a report which you can view below this letter and/or download here.

Their ideas always inspire us to do more. It reminds us to always put a premium on their own view of the world. It reminds us that amidst the crisis when we are being physically isolated, there is still hope that we can connect and help each other. We become stronger if we keep on that hope alive.

We are also happy to share that an LGU in Del Carmen Siargao, through Vice Mayor Coro expressed their interest to translate into the local dialect the “Guidelines on Adolescent and Youth Safe Online Engagement.” We are happy about this development.

In the coming weeks, with the help of the 40 new young house heroes volunteers from different parts of the country, we will be connecting with as many young people as possible both in online and offline platforms. It is paramount for us to be by your side especially in this very challenging time.

All we want from you is you don’t turn back on hope. We are #StrongerTogether.

For the youth,

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

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