The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

The Model City Council

Your title/position CEO & Founder
Type of Enterprise registered company, non-profit organization
Year the ngo or company was founded 2016
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Explain your project in details:

The venture is conducted through a simple 3-step process: The Initial Phase involves preliminary preparations, organizational structuring, orientation on various facets of the program, and the city-wide research on the top issues faced by youth in the locality. During this phase, the team secures an official partnership with the local city council and secondary partner institutions such as secondary and tertiary level educational institutions, out-of-school youth groups, and other youth organizations. After the top issues are determined, the planning phase begins for the conference. A committee is created in the conference for each of the top issues, to be led by a panel of local city officials and subject matter experts. A delegation composed of youth will then be invited for barangay to participate in the second phase, the registration fee will be covered directly by a portion of the budget allotted for youth development for each barangay. The Second Phase involves the implementation of the program through the annual conference. During the proposed three-day event, delegates will get the unique opportunity to engage in discourse under their committee agenda, receive insight from a wide pool of prominent speakers and dignitaries, and most importantly, have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow delegates in proposing solutions to the issues of their barangays. Delegates are trained in basic project management, issue mapping, finance, sustainability, and project scaling over the course of the conference. The Third Phase of the project involves post-processing after the conference ends. The working committees are tasked with facilitating the activities and the submission of post-event documents set at the onset of the first phase.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

We have successfully implemented 3 pilot runs involving over 6,000 youth that underwent our program. We have mobilized over $180,000 in government contracts to implement the program in different communities around the Philippines, support our fellows, and provide grants to the 97 social enterprises, advocacy campaigns, and SMEs our fellows have started. Our participants underwent a series of lectures on sustainability, financial literacy, social entrepreneurship, and community leadership. Upon finishing the course, they were then tasked with developing sustainable solutions to issues in their communities under the guidance of experts we invited from our partner organizations such as the government, various UN agencies, and both local and international NGOs.

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Sustainability and future plans

We earn a percentage from the government and private contracts we secure on each community or organization we work with. As of now, we are currently in the process of finalizing partnerships in other regions in the country to expand our reach. We are also undergoing a national partnership with ING, UNICEF, and our National Youth Commission to develop a program that will enable out-of-school youth (youth that cannot afford to go to school) to learn relevant 21st century skills including how to start a business, integrate into the workforce, and how to use technological platforms among many other skills. Should this partnership prove successful, it will pave the way for the potential institutionalization of the program as part of the national governments stride towards empowering young Filipinos to become changemakers in their own communities.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Saje is the CEO and Founder of Siklab Pilipinas, Inc., a non-profit corporation he started during his years in university. He has worked extensively with different entities both local and international in pursuit of his main advocacy: youth development. He started his career in development when he was 14, where he co-founded a free summer class for public speaking and essay writing for students in his province. In 2016, he developed his first social enterprise, The Model City Council, which aimed to work with civil society and government partners in creating a unique platform for young people to start social impact projects in their villages with the necessary mentorship, funding, and technical assistance. To date, he has worked with over 6,000 youth from numerous communities all over the Philippines, having launched 97 new projects, social enterprises, and advocacy campaigns just in its first year. In 2017, he worked with the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines in launching its flagship youth development program: Angat Buhay, that worked with organizations from marginalized communities in creating social impact projects in collaboration with various international entities. He is currently working on a national partnership with UNICEF and the National Youth Commission of the Philippines in developing a comprehensive set of modules for out-of-school youth that will impart basic knowledge on entrepreneurship, leadership, and workforce preparedness. He and his team are currently in the process of lobbying for the establishment of a UN Youth Delegate Program in the Philippines, with high hopes of seeing its implementation by 2019. He is an experienced public speaker and advocate, having spoken at numerous local and international forums on sustainable development, youth leadership, and the value of private-public partnerships in achieving social change. He received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from ADMU.

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