We are a nation of heroes.

We believe that a better world is created through a society that respects, upholds, and values the rights, dignity, and freedom of its people.

We believe in the foundation of a truly free, democratic, and progressive society is an empowered citizenry.

We believe that when citizens are educated, enlightened and given opportunities to develop, they are able to achieve their full potential as human beings and are able to contribute immensely to nation building and social transformation.

We are the Heroes Hub.

We support efforts to build the capacity of young people towards social transformation.

We are a community of heroes.

We gather to connect, collaborate, create, innovate, ignite, and inspire ideas into action.

We are a movement.

We take part in the call to uphold, promote, and protect the human rights and dignity of all.

This is our tempestuous awakening as a generation.

We heed the call of our times.

 

OVERVIEW

 The Heroes Hub Program is a youth leadership and advocacy development program that aims to empower the Filipino youth to be agents of social change. The Heroes Hub offers a transformative learning process through the pursuit of knowledge, skills, values, and practices to form our youth’s critical thinking, progressive ideas, and creative innovations which are fuel to their development as citizens and participation in nation building.

The Heroes Hub facilitates a learning process where in the youth are given opportunities to connect, collaborate and create with their fellow youth. It provides spaces for immersion, discourse, expression and innovation to happen. It is an avenue for developing and nurturing ideas into action.

GOALS

1. Equip youth leaders with knowledge on the concepts of Human Rights, Rule of Law, Democracy, and the practice of rights-based framework in governance and with skills in strategic communications, creative campaigning, community organizing, digital activism and in utilizing the arts, media and popular culture in developing their advocacy.

2. Provide platforms for youth leaders to influence their fellow youth in their schools, communities, and at the local, national and global level, towards the protection, promotion and defense of Human Rights and Democracy.

3. Enable youth leaders to organize activities geared towards forming a broad youth movement engaged in the pursuit of genuine social transformation.

 

PROGRAM DESIGN

The Heroes Hub Youth Fellowship Program is designed to take youth participants into a heroic journey of their own self-transformation towards their empowerment as active agents of social change. Through a series of learning sessions designed to build the capacity of selected fellows in leadership and advocacy work through especially designed courses, skills training and creative workshops. Experts from various fields and disciplines shall guide, train and mentor youth participants of the program. It is a multi-event training program.

In Heroes Hub, we aspire to give you a meaningful experience to facilitate your learning process through mentors, trainers, facilitators and resource speakers who are highly esteemed and are experts in their fields. As part of the program, participants may be attending some special activities, performances, or events. Thus, the program may be subject to changes in order to accommodate these events and some meetings with leading personalities.

The training program shall run for 6 months, with once or twice a month weekend sessions. In scheduling the training sessions, we give consideration to the dynamics of the group, and the learning process and context of the participants. Thus, schedules are highly flexible. Please note that schedules are subject to change depending on the availability of the preferred resource speakers and venues, and the type of activities that are being organized for the youth fellows.

The program is composed of the following courses:

The course shall introduce to participants the concepts of “taya” or stake in the lens of the bayani (self), bayanihan (community), and bayan (society). It will take the participants to a journey to discovering their inner heroes, how society affects their life, livelihood, and lifestyle, and how their actions as individuals can help impact positive social change in their communities. The course includes different activities, workshops, and performances led by artists and issue experts.

The course organizes a variety of specialized courses anchored on the universal principles of rights (karapatan), freedom (kalayaan), truth (katotohanan), reason (katuwiran), justice (katarungan), independence (kasarinlan) and social progress (kaunlaran). The courses provide basic knowledge on social issues, incite discourse and critical analysis, empower individuals to take stands, and develop strategies for action. The sessions in this course shall include lectures and workshops combined with field trips, dialogues, and immersions on various topics concerning society today. The topics feature thematic issues on human rights, rule of law, democracy, and rights-based governance. Issue experts and leading development practitioners and thinkers, policy leaders and academics, shall be invited as resource persons. The course shall tackle the current development challenges that the country faces today and provide a contextual backdrop for possible strategies for youth action.

This course shall provide participants with skills in creative expression through community exposure and engagement activities. The participants shall have first-hand experiences in using arts for advocacy through talks, performances and workshops hosted by highly-esteemed cultural groups and artists who shall share their insights in using film, art, spoken word, and music and other creative forms for advocacy expression.

The course shall introduce participants to tools and techniques in spreading advocacy messages through media platforms. This includes the use of digital activism, online tools and strategies in media engagement in getting positive messages across. It shall include lectures, activities and workshops on practical tools and techniques for media engagement, an overview of human rights issues online, and developing communication strategies.

The course shall provide context and praxis on the pressing societal issues to help the youth fellows form activities that will engage their fellow youth. In this course, youth fellows shall develop strategies for youth engagement and collaborate on ideas and actions that shall contribute to real-world change in their communities.

Youth fellows shall be given a batch mission that present invaluable opportunities for them to experience the challenges of nation building, social development, and the movement for social transformation. Participants shall gain competencies in leadership, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, while strengthening a culture of continuous learning. A core program team of mentors shall provide guidance to youth fellows in reflecting about their learnings, mapping out their personal goals and directions as leaders and advocates.