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  • Organisation

    Cordilleran Youth Center Inc. (CYC) is a non-profit, non-stock, non-government organisation committed to arouse, organise and mobilise the youth and students in advancing the interests and welfare of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera. CYC provides services to various indigenous and non-indigenous youth and students’ organisations. It also coordinates various activities spearheaded by CYC partner organisations.

    Organisation programmes include:

    Education, training, animation and tutorials

    Preparation, dissemination and discussion of popular education materials on Indigenous People rights, youth and students rights and other issues.

    Organising and networking
    Helps in the formation and consolidation of community-based and school-based organisations. Develops and strengthen links and cooperation among youth in the country and abroad.

    Campaigns and advocacy
    Launches and participates in systematic and sustained activities towards the recognition of rights of indigenous peoples and that of the youth and students in particular.

    Culture, heritage and development
    Launches and encourages youth participation in activities that seek to strengthen, and develop indigenous social, cultural institutions and practices and enhance cross-cultural learning.

    Socio-economic and disaster risk reduction and management
    This is implemented through education and mobilising the indigenous youth to uphold their role as protectors of their resources and communities.

    • Organisation

      Cordilleran Youth Center Inc. (CYC) is a non-profit, non-stock, non-government organisation committed to arouse, organise and mobilise the youth and students in advancing the interests and welfare of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera. CYC provides services to various indigenous and non-indigenous youth and students’ organisations. It also coordinates various activities spearheaded by CYC partner organisations.

      Organisation programmes include:

      Education, training, animation and tutorials

      Preparation, dissemination and discussion of popular education materials on Indigenous People rights, youth and students rights and other issues.

      Organising and networking
      Helps in the formation and consolidation of community-based and school-based organisations. Develops and strengthen links and cooperation among youth in the country and abroad.

      Campaigns and advocacy
      Launches and participates in systematic and sustained activities towards the recognition of rights of indigenous peoples and that of the youth and students in particular.

      Culture, heritage and development
      Launches and encourages youth participation in activities that seek to strengthen, and develop indigenous social, cultural institutions and practices and enhance cross-cultural learning.

      Socio-economic and disaster risk reduction and management
      This is implemented through education and mobilising the indigenous youth to uphold their role as protectors of their resources and communities.

    • Project

      Timek ti Umili (Voice of the People) is an 18-month project that empowers the vulnerable sector of indigenous youth in the Cordillera region, Philippines. It explores using modern technologies and approaches such as social media and citizen journalism to preserve traditional knowledge and ways of life and at the same time advocate for indigenous youth experiences.

  • Project

    Timek ti Umili (Voice of the People) is an 18-month project that empowers the vulnerable sector of indigenous youth in the Cordillera region, Philippines. It explores using modern technologies and approaches such as social media and citizen journalism to preserve traditional knowledge and ways of life and at the same time advocate for indigenous youth experiences.

  • Results

    Although some of the planned activities were put on hold due to the pandemic, there are reasons to celebrate this project. CEGP – Cordillera (CEGP) got to reestablish their contacts in school publications, strengthened their organisation and shared skills to budding writers through journalism skills training and socio-political discussions, gathering and production of various materials online and in print as the core of our project – amplifying the voices from the margins. Moreover, CEGP was able to flexibly adapt to the pandemic situation through the redesign of the project.

    CEGP was successful in creating a social media presence in Facebook through human interest stories and articles that feature students and youth in the communities. They highlighted issues and concerns they are facing, such as K-12 education, rising tuition fees, environmental plunder, and cultural exploitation. They also published their very first newsletter and zine featuring works of students in Baguio City.

    More than their social media presence, this endeavour further validated their conviction in empowering the indigenous youth in making their issues heard by their right audience all the while addressing their problems with proper venues for resolutions.

    ”CEGP’s reach in social media means nothing if we did not reach the actual youth and students in their own schools and communities, understood their situation and concerns, and catered to what skills and learning they need to further their agenda. The organisation met new faces and stepped into new soil we haven’t been at before. The whole experience really invigorated the progressive spirit of their student volunteers, who were more than willing to travel to reach their fellow youth in other places.” CEGP team

     

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