Youth Leadership & Development Center (YLDC) Philippines aims to empower the youth who cannot continue on to college because of financial difficulties or have become disinterested with school, but are very much employable and could be formed to develop more positive attitudes towards education and more importantly towards work. The objective is to provide them knowledge, skills and values necessary to make them self-reliant and give them opportunities for a better life.
The Program starts with a 13-week Foundation Program to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to become capable and competent candidates for the jobs or careers that they choose to pursue.
After the Foundation program, the students will proceed to the Continuing Program. Here, they shall be part of the YLDC Youth Community where they will guided in choosing their next step from a alternate options:
- Proceed to finding a job
- Serve as an On-the-Job Trainee or Intern
- Develop specific skills through vocational courses
- Develop leadership skills for community building or pastoral work
The program targets out-of-school youth coming from poor families in the Fairview area as well as nearby communities like Payatas. A minimum qualification is necessary to assure the success of the youth in improving their life. The requirements are as follows:
- 17—25 years old
- High school Level (or ALS Graduate with certificate)
- Ability to speak conversational English
YLDC was launched May of 2015. It is house in a facility that was generously lent by the Barangay Captain Greater Fairview and his Council. Batch 1 started in June 1, 2015; to date, YLDC is now on its 4th batch.
YLDC exists to build nurturing, happy and safe communities by developing holistically healthy youth, empowered to become contributing members in the community they live in.