UnionAID

Mindanao Young Leaders Programme

About

The MinYLP is UnionAID’s programme for young community leaders from Mindanao, the Philippines. Each year participants are selected to further develop their knowledge, skills and confidence so they can be leaders in the sustainable development of their community and the Mindanao region.

The programme builds leadership by exposing participants to new ideas and approaches in the development field and in Aotearoa New Zealand, inspiring them to think critically about what they can apply to the challenges in their own communities.  The programme will build participants’ research, evaluation, presentation, and communication skills, including improving their English language. Participants will work together on a cross-ethnic and cross-religious basis and take an inclusive approach to build unity, understanding and equality at all levels in society.

The MinYLP has been developed with local advice on the particular needs of Mindanao, the Philippines.  Students will follow a group programme and explore a specific area of interest, develop and refine a research question on this topic, and prepare a proposal for an action project which will be undertaken within their communities.

MinYLP is managed and run by UnionAID in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington and International Alert (an international peace-building organisation operating in Mindanao), and funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of its Aid Programme in the Philippines. The programme was developed with local advice on the particular needs of Mindanao. 

Programme Content

Sustainable Development Course (SDC) – Part 1, in-country and online

A five-month, part-time course to develop foundational knowledge of sustainable development and participatory practice, and relevant leadership skills. Five key areas are delivered as interconnected modules:

  • Personal development and leadership skills
  • Understanding the local context
  • Principles of and approaches to sustainable development
  • Research module
  • Action project development
  • The course will enable participants to:
  • apply systems thinking to understand the complex development challenges facing their communities
  • develop qualitative and quantitative research skills to research a development challenge
  • understand how to achieve development goals through a range of approaches
  • apply learning on cross-cutting issues including human rights, gender and social inclusion, and environmental impact
  • design an action project, drawing on their research and learning from the SDC
  • write and present an action project proposal
  • implement an action project in two phases over a 12-month period
  • The course is delivered through interactive online workshops, supported by self-study materials and regular assignments. Participants meet weekly in subgroups with a Learning Advisor for review and support with assignments. Self-care sessions are also provided to support participants’ wellbeing during the course.

The SDC Part 1 requires a total of 300 hours: 6-8 hours of online workshops and 6-7 hours of self-study per week. This will include a full-time residential component of 2-4 weeks, travel restrictions permitting.

Sustainable Development Course (SDC) – Part 1, in-country and online

A five-month, part-time course to develop foundational knowledge of sustainable development and participatory practice, and relevant leadership skills. Five key areas are delivered as interconnected modules:

  1. Personal development and leadership skills
  2. Understanding the local context
  3. Principles of and approaches to sustainable development
  4. Research module
  5. Action project development

The course will enable participants to:

  • apply systems thinking to understand the complex development challenges facing their communities
  • develop qualitative and quantitative research skills to research a development challenge
  • understand how to achieve development goals through a range of approaches
  • apply learning on cross-cutting issues including human rights, gender and social inclusion, and environmental impact
  • design an action project, drawing on their research and learning from the SDC
  • write and present an action project proposal
  • implement an action project in two phases over a 12-month period
  • The course is delivered through interactive online workshops, supported by self-study materials and regular assignments. Participants meet weekly in subgroups with a Learning Advisor for review and support with assignments. Self-care sessions are also provided to support participants’ wellbeing during the course.

The SDC Part 1 requires a total of 300 hours: 6-8 hours of online workshops and 6-7 hours of self-study per week. This will include a full-time residential component of 2-4 weeks, travel restrictions permitting.

 

 

Applications for MinYLP are open now!

English for Development course, in-country and online

A ten-session English course over 10 weeks, run alongside the Sustainable Development Course (SDC) – Part 1. The course will support your participation in the SDC by teaching:

  • language specific to sustainable development
  • formal English suitable for writing in a professional context
  • writing for research reports and funding proposals
  • study skills for more effective language learning

The English for Development course requires a total of 60 hours: 30 hours of online workshops and 30 hours self-study.

Action project implementation – Mindanao, Philippines (between Part 1 and Part 2 of the SDC)

Participants have the opportunity to manage a small action project in their communities that is funded, subject to meeting certain criteria. The action project provides participants the chance to apply learning from SDC Part 1.

Sustainable Development Course – Pat 2, Aotearoa, New Zealand (10 weeks)

Multi-day orientation on arrival to introduce participants to life in Wellington and Aotearoa, the university, and to prepare for SDC Part 2

SDC Part 2 will build on learning in Part 1 and will include:

  • Exposure to a range of New Zealand institutions, policies and practices that are relevant to sustainable development through classroom learning and field trips
  • Visits to government and non-government organisations, such as community development organisations, the Human Rights Commission and Parliament
  • Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori approaches to development and opportunities to engage with iwi and stay on a marae
  • Leadership skills workshops, such as organisational management and campaign skills
  • Action project review and support to finalise projects
  • Each participant will also undertake a schedule of visits or a placement with organisations doing the same type of work as their action project topic, either individually or in small groups that is organised by a personal mentor
  • 3-day young leaders conference to present action projects and exchange ideas with young leaders from the Mindanao Young Leaders Programme

Sustainable Development Course – Pat 2, Aotearoa, New Zealand (10 weeks)

Multi-day orientation on arrival to introduce participants to life in Wellington and Aotearoa, the university, and to prepare for SDC Part 2

SDC Part 2 will build on learning in Part 1 and will include:

  • Exposure to a range of New Zealand institutions, policies and practices that are relevant to sustainable development through classroom learning and field trips
  • Visits to government and non-government organisations, such as community development organisations, the Human Rights Commission and Parliament
  • Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori approaches to development and opportunities to engage with iwi and stay on a marae
  • Leadership skills workshops, such as organisational management and campaign skills
  • Action project review and support to finalise projects
  • Each participant will also undertake a schedule of visits or a placement with organisations doing the same type of work as their action project topic, either individually or in small groups that is organised by a personal mentor
  • 3-day young leaders conference to present action projects and exchange ideas with young leaders from the Mindanao Young Leaders Programme

Who can apply for the MinYLP Programme?

Applicants must:

  • be aged 23-30 years
  • be working for a community-based organisation or NGO such as a women’s organisation, labour union or environmental group
  • intend to continue working for your organisation for a minimum of one year after completing the programme
  • have support to participate in the programme from the organisation you represent or work for, including flexibility to attend study sessions during office hours
  • have English language proficiency equivalent to ≥5.5 IELTS or > TOEFL 46-59. This level is necessary to ensure that the participants will get value from the programme, particularly the Development Leadership Course. Note: you are not required to sit an IELTS test, but an English language test will be administered at the interview stage.
  • Be available to participate in a full-time residential of 2-4 weeks
  • Not be enrolled in any other full-time courses of study during the Sustainable Development Course (SDC)
  • Talk to UnionAID before enrolling in any other part-time courses during the SDC
  • hold a passport issued by the Government of the Philippines valid for 6 months beyond the return departure date

Applicants must:

  • be aged 23-30 years
  • be working for a community-based organisation or NGO such as a women’s organisation, labour union or environmental group
  • intend to continue working for your organisation for a minimum of one year after completing the programme
  • have support to participate in the programme from the organisation you represent or work for, including flexibility to attend study sessions during office hours
  • have English language proficiency equivalent to ≥5.5 IELTS or > TOEFL 46-59. This level is necessary to ensure that the participants will get value from the programme, particularly the Development Leadership Course. Note: you are not required to sit an IELTS test, but an English language test will be administered at the interview stage.
  • Be available to participate in a full-time residential of 2-4 weeks
  • Not be enrolled in any other full-time courses of study during the Sustainable Development Course (SDC)
  • Talk to UnionAID before enrolling in any other part-time courses during the SDC
  • hold a passport issued by the Government of the Philippines valid for 6 months beyond the return departure date
Ben working with his mentor

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