Empowering Local Youth Through Mentorship and Education.

SEALNet, an organization started in Stanford, CA, seeks to promote volunteerism in Southeast Asian countries every year by sending college students from all over the US. This year (2013), 17 individuals traveled to Cebu, Philippines where they created both leadership & education workshops for the students of the University of the Philippines- Cebu and Cebu City National High School. These workshops were made for the purpose of starting a mentorship program between the high school students and the children of Gawad Kalinga-Lorega (GK). Many of the children of GK belong to families of lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and many of the them will be forced to leave school in order to work. SEALNet, along with both high schools and local partners hope to instill and change the culture found in poorer communities by inspiring the youth to love and value education by having the high schoolers mentor the GK children in various subjects and creating fun games to help them enjoy learning.

This video is not a promotional video, but a personal thank you from Francesca Manto (one of the members on this SEALNet trip) to BBFAA Tallahassee who gave the opportunity to help her be a part in this marvelous opportunity. With the BBFAA Initiative Grant, it was part in helping fulfill the fundraising needed to purchase materials for the workshops and education fair. The education fair was held in the Gawad Kalinga community to introduce the high school students to the children and parents.

It is a pleasure to announce that the high school students have made their second trip, where the children have been paired with his/her high school mentors aka Ates and Kuyas. And SEALNet USA can only hope it continues to grow in the future.

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