The Youth Advocates Building Opportunities and Network in Governance (YABONG) began as an idea in the mere minds of young Mindanaoan leaders – a vision of leadership and nation-building. YABONG, now in its materialized and embodied nature, aims to address the lack of existing networks that envision a collective youth plan, promote partnership through application of sustainable development projects, and include the growing community of youth leaders in Mindanao.
With this, the fate of governance is seen with the expansion of youth cooperation in nation building. This is the place YABONG comes in. Yabong meaning prosperous in Filipino, reciprocally utilized with advancement, is utilized to depict the volume of youth pioneers in wide scope of backings. Like its actual meaning, YABONG brings the metaphorical resonance of growth– like a tiny sapling’s rise to become a fully-grown tree – to life by mainstreaming youth participation in governance.
What We Do
Project Incubation Lab
Collaboration in sustainable projects & Incubator of ongoing, resumed, and upcoming projects
With our deep investment in the capability of the youth to formulate projects, YABONG aims to help these young leaders in sustaining their projects and operations to fully realize and embody these youths’ advocacies. YABONG also evaluates and incubates ongoing, resumed, and upcoming projects. All in all, our organization helps keep an eye out for projects to make them effective and feasible in the long run. We don’t only begin – we maintain and finish.
Advocacy-Driven Leadership Camps
MagYABONG, PagYABONG, at YUMABONG
The Camp nurtures the participants, helps them grow, and guides them in their growth. Throughout this process, YABONG aims to embody the three stages: magYABONG, pagYABONG, at YUMABONG – at patuloy tayong YAYABONG.
Mentorship Programs with partnered SKs, Youth-led Initiatives & Organizations, and Student Councils
YABONG, in collaboration with organizations, conduct mentorship programs to aspiring advocates and young leaders of Mindanao to further enhance the participants’ project making and pitching skills to curate a maintainable solution to relevant adversities.
US Embassy in the Philippines
ASEAN Abundance Innovation Lab
Ateneo de Davao University
In Creating a Community of Leaders
Meet the YABONG Team
Platform for Youth Leadership and Community Service
Ryjean Quent Kamid (Sarangani)
Ryjean, a Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Alumni, explained the pathways to youth empowerment and participation in nation-building through YABONG. As part of the long-term vision, she emphasized on the magnitude of impact that we can create if we invest in young individuals.
Tinabangay sa Pagpalambo para sa Matag-Usa og Nasod
Patricia Nicole Lucena (Davao)
After her participation in the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) on Our Oceans, Patricia realized the importance of solidarity in transforming youth as agents of change in the 21st century. With outstanding achievements in sustainable development projects, she believes YABONG is an enabler to this endeavor.
Pagpapatuloy ng PagYABONG!
Harris Sulaiman (Cotabato)
Being a BANGSAMORO youth leader, Harris sees YABONG as an organization that can achieve development in collaboration and sustainability. Development that thrives not only for one, but for everyone.