Mindanao Young Leaders Programme

Leadership programme based in Wellington, New Zealand for young NGO/CSO leaders from Mindanao, the Philippines.

Seeking Host Families – MinYLP

Are you interested in hosting a young leader from the Philippines? UnionAID is seeking Wellington-based host families for its Mindanao Young Leaders Programme from mid-April until late June 2023.  Participants are 23-30 years old and work in NGO across Mindanao.  Hosts need to have intercultural and religious sensitivity and awareness and be genuinely interested in …

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Introducing our New Young Leader Coordinators

Katja Phutaraksa Neef Katja Phutaraksa Neef joined UnionAID as the Indonesia Young Leaders Programme Coordinator. She is currently a UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader and works on community climate change initiatives in Auckland through Auckland Council. She is also an ‘artivist’ for ICAAD combining art and advocacy for social justice. She also has a close connection …

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Young Leaders Take Over Facebook

After six months of online classes the ten young leaders respectively from Mindanao and Indonesia 2022 groups have come together in-country to get to know one another and meet their Programme Managers, Alex Hill (MinLYP) and Caroline Novak (IYLP). During this time the two groups had the chance to connect with each other online as …

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Mindanao 2022

UnionAID warmly welcomes the third cohort of young leaders from Mindanao together with its partners International Alert, Victoria University of Wellington and The New Zealand Embassy, Philippines. The participants come from across Mindanao and represent organisations undertaking diverse civil society work including labour rights, environmental management, indigenous rights, social enterprise, education and community theatre. Edchamcy …

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Online learning a hit with Young Leaders

Positive feedback from participants of the Indonesia and Mindanao Young Leader Programmes reflected how relevant and enjoyable online learning has been made by the programme managers, Caroline Novak, Laila Harre and Alex Hill. As one young leader from Mindanao said, One thing I found really interesting in this journey was that online learning can be …

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Latest News From our Young Leaders Programmes

Inspirasi (Indonesia) and Mindanao: Both these programmes have recruited ten and eight participants respectively from a wide range of civil society organisations, with completely revamped sustainable development courses for each. From May (Inspirasi) and from August (Mindanao), the programmes will be delivered remotely to participants in their homes, while it is hoped the second stage …

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Young Leaders Work to Prevent COVID Spread

With their everyday work activities on hold, several of our young leaders have initiated practical strategies in response to the Covid-19 outbreak in their home countries. In Indonesia, Rosa  is working with her local team to install hand-washing facilities in public places in Nagakeo. Her NGO, WISE, is also providing emergency medical assistance to hospitals …

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Support the people of Myanmar

Two years on from the military coup, the people of Myanmar are still fighting for their democracy and their future against the military coup.

They are calling for our support.

We are liaising constantly with our partners on how we can help.  They have asked for funding to support the campaign for democracy and to uphold human rights.