Manila, November 22, 2021—On November 19-20, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Asia Foundation, through the Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed) project, hosted the first National Youth Leaders Summit.
During the summit, more than 1,000 young leaders from across the country heard from subject matter experts about the merits and challenges of democratic governance. They also engaged with other young people on key issues such as democracy, citizenship, the status of Filipino youth and their role in national and global leadership.
USAID Philippines Acting Mission Director Sean Callahan joined Pasig City Mayor Victor “Vico” Sotto and other representatives from the Philippine government and local organizations at the event .
“As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Philippine diplomatic relations and the 60th anniversary of USAID in the Philippines, the U.S. government remains an enduring friend, partner, and ally in supporting growth and development. of Filipino youth as we strive to build a better future together,” Callahan said. “Our combined efforts to build capacity and provide platforms for young leaders will bring meaningful change and inspiration to many countries. of the world.”
The summit, to be held annually, was the culmination of local youth assemblies and the start of sustained action to strengthen youth participation in democratic governance processes.
The summit served as a follow-up to USAID-sponsored youth town halls, which were attended by more than 2,400 young people across the country, and coalition-building activities that reached more than 60,000 young people. The event was streamed live on the YouthLed PH Facebook page.
Since 2020, USAID YouthLed has been working with national government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, youth organizations, and the private sector to help build the capacity of emerging young leaders nationwide .
Over the past 60 years, USAID has worked with the Philippine government and local organizations to achieve common development goals, investing more than $5.1 billion to support the Philippines.