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Cebu teens off to Europe for youth exchange

The YMX5 youth and adult delegates after their team-building session at the Plaza Independencia.
The YMX5 youth and adult delegates after their team-building session at the Plaza Independencia.

Nine Cebuano youths are going to Europe on April 21 to May 13 as this year’s delegates to the 5th Young Minds on eXplore (YMX5), an exchange program that aims to provide an avenue for them to better understand European culture and their own.

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The three-week youth exchange and immersion program in the Netherlands and in Belgium is also intended to promote knowledge sharing, cross-cultural understanding, people-to-people connection, and development service, and likewise aims to nurture a deeper sense of nationalism among participants.

YMX5 delegates attending their European culture session given by Ms. Ruby Langeveld- Cumba.

The nine participants are Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Young Minds Academy alumni and members of Club Mega. They are Pamela Jude M. Gonzales, Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad, Michaela Jaycel L. Dolores, Lord Anjelo T. Guia, John Nicko Macapaz Coyoca, Glenna Lyrad Quilat, Carmel Amigable, Arianwen Rollan, and Adam Mahkail Dicdican. They would be accompanied by Central Visayas Network of NGOs’ (CENVISNET) Marlon and RAFI’s Jenny Lea Tan as adult leaders.

The YMX5 youth delegates are selling these journals online as part of their fund-raising initiatives.

To prepare the delegates for their trip, they underwent a series of team-building and learning sessions, which include familiarization about the Netherlands, Belgium, and Philippine governance; understanding European and Filipino cultures; on basic facilitation skills; and on project development.

The YMX5 delegates during their basic facilitation skills workshop by Sun.Star Cebu Zup columnist Elisabeth Baumgart

They were also further exposed to local organizations, programs and projects, which provided deeper understanding of the local community situation, especially on issues and concerns as well as good to best practices.

To help them raise their counterpart contributions, the delegates initiated resource mobilization projects, particularly fund-raising initiatives like a garage sale at the St. Joseph Parish in Mabolo, Cebu City. They likewise sold online YMX5 journals, shirts, and RTWs that were “selling like hot cakes”.

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YMX5 was launched last February by RAFI-Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center and CENVISNET, in cooperation with the Vriendschapsband Haarlemmermeer Cebu from the City of Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands; the City of Kortrijk, Belgium; and the City of Cebu, Philippines; with the support of the UnionBank of the Philippines.

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