We are Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc.
A non-government and human rights based organization working towards social development.
WHO WE ARE
Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc. is a youth-led, non-government organization working towards development through community empowerment and social innovation. It is a dynamic group of committed, passionate and empowered individuals from various fields of expertise. Youth First Initiative believes that young people will be the key players towards a progressive and sustainable future.
We envision innovative and sustainable communities driven by a progressive and empowered youth.
To promote development by educating and encouraging active involvement of the community, especially the youth, towards social equity. Social equity is a concept that aims to ensure each person receives fair and just treatment, regardless of social or economic status
WHAT WE DO
Youth First Initiative is a volunteer-based organization that advocates community development and social entrepreneurship through:
Partner with existing private and public institutions in creating sustainable livelihood programs to mainstream the agenda of the youth. Bring in field experts to nurture the community through training and product development in areas vital to their livelihood. Connect local communities to political, social, and economic opportunities that are conventionally beyond their reach. Help develop indigenous goods into products of global quality and provide platforms for distributions.
OUR CORE VALUES
THINK BIG. ACT BIGGER.
Ensuring each person receives fair and just treatment, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, belief, age, identity and status whether social or economic.
Application of better solutions that meet new requirements and existing or unarticulated needs through intrinsically social and collaborative processes.
With determination to inspire others and to have the courage to challenge and seek social justice for all.
A cornerstone of trust which is demonstrated through high performance, ethical standards and transparency.
Chairman and President
Katherine April Gonzales
Romellaine Xyene Arsenio
Anna Melissa Ng
Director for Partnerships and Linkages
Director for Admin and Finance
Sustainability Development Director
Head of Media and Creatives
Admin and Finance Officer
Volunteer Management Director
Asst. Admin and Finance Officer
Partnerships and Linkages Officer
Youth with Initiative
Mr. Francis Gentoral
Joel de Castro
Weekend Tienda sa Iloilo is a concerted effort of various government, academe and non-government agencies initiated by Regional Development Council 6 and NEDA Region 6. It hopes to bolster the local economy by empowering the local industry players starting from homegrown, startups to MSMEs. It hopes to bring the best of Ilonggo Cuisine, delicacies and products available to locals and visitors, both foreign and from other parts of the country. Youth First Initiative Philippines (YFI) Inc. played a vital role during the operation of the said project as co-implementing organization together with Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc.. YFI is also the led organization for marketing of the said project.
MADE WITH PASSION
There is so much potential in the grassroots. Delve deeper into the community and don’t be afraid to be entrepreneurs because entrepreneurship empowers people. Empowered people change the world.
A unique program focusing on bringing locally produced products, ranging from food to non-food, to the global market Develops and promotes local products Empowers local communities and engaging entrepreneurs to become sustainable social businesses. Provides technical support on product development. Technical support may be packaging, labeling, branding and product concept framework. Online (e-commerce website) and offline platforms (distribution centers and fairs) to market products.
Produkto Lokal is a market linkage model that serves as a consortium of both homegrown and local producers. It is also an avenue that engages young and emerging entrepreneurs in producing local products of global quality. We cultivate creativity and unique ideas.We do our best to keep a friendly, caring and inclusive community. We have loyal tenants who continue to partner with us. We have also partnered with the city government and forged partnerships with other local organizations to shine light and support our cause.
We started in January 2016 with only 32 entrepreneurs. We support local communities in developing local products.
Local musicians, performers and artists are given a venue to share their creativity, advocacy and talents.
Our team is led by volunteers. Startups test and showcase their products’ marketability during our weekend fairs.
SOME PRODUCTS LAUNCHED IN PL FAIRS
Locally sourced and locally produced
TRAINING + WORKSHOPS
We integrate training and workshops in our initiatives to help equip ourselves and our partners. We believe that equipping stakeholders will pave the way towards sustainable initiatives. Here are some of them:
Summary of the Project:
Tabas is a Filipino term used in sewing for cutting a pattern of a design (verb) or a cut design pattern (noun). The use of the term in the title is to showcase the nature of the livelihood project – sewing. We also envision this project helping the women in the community design a future that will lead them out of poverty to an improved and beautiful quality of life in the long-run.
In line with Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc.’s (YFI) strategy to make increasingly active contributions to the sustainable development goals, we have identified to help Barangay Botong, Oton, a 164-household barangay. The community has an existing social housing program and two organized associations. This project will work hand-in-hand with Barangay Botong Oton Seaside Homeowners Association.
The Project will be divided into three phases (see Theory of Change and Project Outlook document). The first phase will be the preparatory stage which will serve as the foundation of the project. This will include soft skills trainings and sessions that are programmed to address mindset change and help the project become more sustainable. The second and third phase will mainly focus on implementation, monitoring and development. At the end of the first year, we will conduct an assessment and dialogue with the community for possible scale ups and turnover to the association.
Barangay Botong Oton has a 30% unemployment rate. This is evident in the inability of some homeowners to pay their monthly dues in the social housing program. Living through a cycle of poverty, its residents has become resigned to certain behaviors that display signs of poverty mentality. The project desires to alleviate poverty in the area and empower the women of the barangay targeting Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 5 respectively. The project will provide an opportunity to empower the women of the community through viable skills and other trainings so they can eventually support their family out of the cycle of poverty.
Offering of Trainings
Online shopping has become popular and more convenient especially to the shifting opportunity of employment and the new normal due to the pandemic. Support for local products and entrepreneurs are decreasing because of cheaper imported products.
The following market pains and problems are based on identified target market demographics and the issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic:
Summary of the Project:
The project aims to bridge consumers to micro and small entrepreneurs (MSMEs) and match local producers to MSMEs in Western Visayas via an online platform showcasing local, organic, fairly traded and sustainably sourced products.
Bakal Lokal will be known as a reliable platform in bridging the local micro and small entrepreneurs to a wider consumer base, businesses are matched to local producers and local services and causes have a special platform to inform and engage the public.
The project aims to provide the following solutions:
A local conversation
This is a social conversation wherein the youth, government officials, lawmakers, advocacy champions and target institutions meet and talk together in finding solutions in overcoming social inequalities.
The area of conversation is being prioritized into few categories to give focus and special attention to make it more achievable in a span of 6 years.
The idea is simple, here are our issues, and what can we do to overcome these? As a lawmaker, government official, among others, what can you contribute to help shape the future of the succeeding generation?