THE Asian Development Bank hosted the International Youth Day Summit 2014 this August, marking its very first major collaboration between with the Philippines’ International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences, better known as Aisec.
The summit, with its theme of “Empowering the Youth to Achieve Great Expectations,” was well attended by youth-leaders from all over the Philippines and from the international community.
Aimed at addressing social matters that merit attention, the summit gathered some of today’s most relevant speakers to challenge, inspire, and empower over 300 youth-leaders in attendance.
The day’s highlights started with a panel discussion with CNN’s 2009 Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida and 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize awardee Kesz Valdez, both of whom were asked for their opinions and views on several key issues affecting the youth today.
The panel discussion was immediately followed by a riveting talk by Atty. Tony Abad who started by challenging the room on their thoughts on what true leadership means.
Akbayan National Chairman Rissa Hontiveros for her part emphasized the need for change, and how this needs to stem from the love of one’s country.
The rest of the day was filled with several other talks, workshops, and training sessions designed to drive home the point that youth-leadership is at the peak of its relevance today than ever before.
The summit ended on a high note with youth-leader participants clamoring for more activities from the Aisec organizers. They said they felt enriched, excited, and most of all, empowered, to be instruments of change who ready to achieve great expectations asked of them.