By integrating socio-political issues in the different sessions about leadership, student volunteers of the Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI) office, with the supervision of the Volunteer Program officer Raquel A. Salvacion, in coordination with the KFI Center for Community Development Foundation, Inc. (KCCDFI), conducted a leadership training held at the KCCDFI building in Guiwan, Zamboanga City on July 26-27, 2014.
The two-day leadership training was entitled Social Awareness and Youth Leadership (SAYL) training wherein six student volunteers and eight others served as speakers and facilitators respectively to 41 youth members of the KCCDFI from the Binaluy and Kilometer-57 Chapters in Buenavista headed by Noel D. Simbajon, a departmet head of the said organization .
Patricia Faith L. Dela Cruz, Mary Antonette C. Salazar, Gianni Jouisse M. Berdin, James Patrick D. Sarigumba, Jessa Marie E. Andres, and Chelsea Jade C. Manogura -junior volunteers – conducted lecture presentations and team-building activities about leadership while integrating various socio-political issues on their respective topics to enhance the leadership skills of the participants as well as to develop their social awareness on the said issues.
The respective speakers talked about self-awareness, internet, and drug addiction; effective communication and peace; effective feed-backing and sexuality; effective decision-making and the environment; the concept of leadership, education and role of Filipino youth, and corruption; and effective team and the practice of hazing in fraternities.
After all of the sessions, Arjay P. Jumawan, a junior volunteer facilitated a planning activity wherein the participants came up with plans to conduct a river and road clean-up programs in their barangay while asking for support from the KCCDFI.
Simbajon said that the training conducted was the first leadership training KCCDFI coordinated for their youth members.
“In KCCDFI we have leadership trainings [not for the youth members] but for mothers,” Simbajon said in Filipino.
In the closing program, Simbajon expressed his desire for the partnership of SACSI and KCCDFI for other activities to come.
Throughout the training, Jumawan, Dan Ryan S. Reyes, Daryl DC. Jimeno (junior volunteers), Paula Camille D. Francisco, Renzo M. Parreño, Cazimir W. Pamaran (aspirant junior volunteers), John Joshua N. Suelan, Carl Julius D. Tan, (new volunteers) served as facilitators.