QC gov't, non-government organization Girl Rising sign MOA for youth empowerment

The Quezon City government has signed an agreement with the United States-based non-profit organization Girl Rising to help young people bring positive change in their respective communities.

“We forged this agreement with Girl Rising because I share their advocacy to empower our young people, especially girls, and rally them to become more productive citizens,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

The advocacy uses creative, multimedia toolkits that encourage participants to use their voices and initiate positive social action.

Included in the agreement is the Explore More Program, which includes a robust curriculum designed to capacitate girls and boys aged 11 to 15 with the skillsets they need to pursue their interests and passions and to aspire for a future full of possibilities.

It also includes a detailed, easy-to-use Facilitator’s Guide and videos that inspire the exploration of one’s dreams and aspirations, themes of self-efficacy, participation in decision-making, positive attitudes towards gender equality, confidence, and dreaming big.

During School Year 2020-2021, Girl Rising conducted a virtual training of facilitators for the Explore More Program. It was participated in by 55 Grade 10 teachers from Quezon City Public Schools.

“I have gained a new understanding and enjoy the sessions. Learning and knowing the different stories will help inspire and encourage every person to change the world,” a participant shared.