Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) produced another 488 graduates for school year 2019-2020 even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 488 graduates of college and vocational-technical courses hail from the poorest provinces nationwide as well as urban-poor communities in Metro Manila.
Of the 488 graduates, 28 received academic awards with 5 magna cum laudes, 2 cum laudes, 11 dean’s listers and 12 receiving special awards.
Every year, there are about 1,000 Youth Servant Leaders who graduate under Caritas Manila’s YSLEP. Currently, there are 4,200 active scholars.
Over 10,000 scholars have benefitted from Carita’s Manila’s education program for the past 66 years. In 2019 alone, 98 per cent of YSLEP scholars found employment 6 months after graduation.
All YSLEP graduates automatically become members of the Caritas Manila Scholars Association (CAMASA). Last year, the association gave P1.6 million worth of donation in cash and kind in support of Caritas Manila’s projects.
Caritas Manila strongly believes that education is the best way of fighting poverty. A college or vocational/technical degree gives an individual a 98 per cent chance of helping his family overcome poverty. At present, there are 3.8 million out-of-school youth in the Philippines.
According to Caritas Manila Executive Director Fr. Anton CT Pascual, “Education is the best social equalizer.” He also believes that, “the future servant leaders of the country will come from the poor.”
To support Caritas Manila, you can donate to Account Name: Caritas Manila
BDO Savings Acct 5600-45905 or BPI Savings Acct 3063-5357-01. Donations are also accepted via Paypal, Ushare and all Cebuana Lhuillier branches.
To know more about YSLEP and the other programs of Caritas Manila log on to http://www.caritasmanila.org.ph or visit https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCaritasManila/.