The kids are alright at the Global Youth Summit

Nearly a thousand delegates of the Global Youth Summit last September 7, 2012 at SM North City Edsa's Skydome warm up to dance movements led by AIESEC, the event's organizer. Photo by Izzy Toledo.

Hundreds of students traded thoughts and got themselves inspired by “elders” from the fields of music, business, and politics at the 2012 Global Youth Summit held September 7 at SM North Edsa’s Skydome.

For an entire day, participants from various universities listened to speakers and, later on, into smaller discussion groups as the gathering focused on the theme ”3D: Design, Develop, Deliver.”

A project led by AIESEC—a youth-run organization—together with different institutions such as SM Supermalls, SM Cares Foundation and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the event aimed to serve as a venue where students can gather and have their voices heard on issues such as healthcare, education, and the environment. Through discussions, the summit also encouraged the young participants to think up solutions to the country’s pressing problems.

Alam niyo ho ba? Kayo [the youth] ang aming inaasahan. Kayo ang future leaders kaya ang dapat gawin ninyo ay tingnan ninyo lahat ng kilos ng ating mga namumuno pati mga politicians natin at huwag natin gayahin ang hindi dapat,” Dr. Nona Ricaforte, Commissioner of CHED, said in her speech.

The hope and challenge to the youth as future leaders were further stressed by the other speakers. Beyond getting inspired to do their turn in helping uplift the country, the Global Youth Summit also included more specific talks about how to deliver solutions in a more concrete way.

Mayor Pie Alvarez of San Vicente, Palawan talked about the city government's best practices. Photo by Mark Demayo.

Talks on project management, campaign development, and sustainability of projects encouraged young delegates to generate ideas during the workshop and case presentations.

Musician and inspirational singer Jim Paredes encouraged student leaders at the summit to pursue their dreams and to keep on learning. Photo by Mark Demayo.

“This is a really nice platform to gather right-minded people who have a passion for leadership, creating change even in just simple ways,” Christopher Manguera, a delegate from UP Manila, said.

Go Negosyo's Michael Lobrin gives an animated lecture on entrepreneurship at the Global Youth Summit. Photo by Mark Demayo.

Michael Miatari, a delegate and BS Psychology major from the Far Eastern University, sees the long-term effect of the summit. ”What caught my interest in joining this summit is the ‘culture’ part. This is a growing culture of young leaders, young innovators doing their own initiatives for nation-building.”

The solutions that these young Filipino participants have brainstormed during the summit may not necessarily see its execution but at least, the entire exercise has fueled their critical thinking and passion to help the country and view their future in the context of global development.

Youth leaders across the country gathered at the Global Youth Summit held at SM North Edsa Sky Dome. Photo by Aliana Gimena,