Sangguniang Kabataan was created because the PhilippinesÂ recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building. It was made to encourage youthâ€™s involvement in public and civic affairs.
I recently attended the two-day mandatory seminar for Sangguniang Kabataan Secretary and Treasurer. We talked about five topics: Decentralization and Local Governance, SK History and Salient Features, Meeting and Resolutions, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards, and SK Planning and Budgeting.
For me, the most important topic that we tackled is about the SK Planning and Budgeting. We spent the second day formulating the Annual Barangay Youth Investment Plan.
How to make a Comprehensive Barangay Youth Development Plan:
- First, before we decide to make any project, we need to be familiar with the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP). PYDP is a framework for unified action among the youth and the youth serving groups, agencies, and institutions to promote holistic youth participation in our society.
- Second, we need to identify the issues in our Barangay. Identify the problems to be addressed and think of possible solutions to that problem.
- Lastly, allocate budget for the project or activity and make a schedule.
Sangguniang Kabataan Projects and Activities
These are the possible SK Projects and Activities according to the PYDP’s 9 Centers ofÂ Youth Participation:
- Free Zumba Classes
- Feeding Program
- Medical & Dental Mission
- Blood Drive
- Fun Run
- Seminar on How to Achieve Proper Nutrition
- Seminar about Sexual Reproductive Health
- Seminar about Mental Health
- Seminar on how to give First Aid
- Implement tighter measures to avoid the use of cigarettes and alcohol among youth
- Implement No-Smoking Policy in Public Places
- Scholarships for the Indigent Youth
- Free School Supplies
- Free Printing in the Barangay
- Free Use of Computer (for project and homework)
- Seminar about Human Rights
3. Economic Empowerment
- Job Fair
- Livelihood Programs
- Seminar on How to Make an Effective Resume
- Organize Youth Cooperatives
4. Social Inclusion and Equity
(This includes youth with specific needs, youth with disability, LGBTQ+)
- Ms. Gay
- Concert for a Cause
- Halloween Party / Christmas Party
- Basketball and Volleyball League for all
- Conduct Regular General Assembly of SK Officers and KK members
5. Peace Building and Security
(This includes youth in conflict with the law and drug dependent youth)
- Conduct Forums that address drug abuse
- Provide Employment to the Out of School Youth
- Make social media campaigns about the importance of voting
- Award Outstanding Youth in the Barangay
- Support the Non Government Youth Organizations
- Report and Publish the Accomplishment Report of SK Officials
7. Active Citizenship
(This aims to encourage youth participation in activities)
- Parol Making Contest
- Mural Contest
- Battle of the Bands
- Sports League
- Sustainable Tree Planting
- Regular Clean Up Drive
- Distribution of Garbage Containers (infrastructure)
- Seminar about Proper Waste Management
- Eco Bricks Workshop
- Disaster Risk Reduction Management: Fire Drill, Earthquake Drill
9. Global Mobility
(This include cross-border exchanges and activities, youth trafficking)
- Participate in ASEAN activities for youth
- Strengthen ties with Filipino Youth overseas using Social Media
- Seminar about Online Sexual Exploitation
SK Projects are not limited to Basketball Leagues! All the projects and activities above are my personal suggestions. They are not mandated by the government. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to write a comment below.
Connect with us in our social media accounts:
- Facebook Page: Sangguniang Kabataan ng Sampaloc
- Instagram Account: @sksampaloc1
- Facebook Group for SK Secretaries: SK Secretary Philippines
Thanks for sharing the projects and advocacies of the SK. I used to think this group has been tainted because of some isolated issues of corruption from its former youth leaders, but it’s good to know that there are still who take actions, not just promises.
SK has this good ideal dogma, however it wasn’t implemented properly same with the rest of our laws and regulations. This is a promising steps for our youth, and I guess not yet late to help them make things right.
Wow! You’re very active in your barangay’s youth programs for the community 😉 Di ko pa naexperience but it sounds so fun!
Ang interesting ng activities! I never felt any activity from SK here in my community, I wish they’ll be as active as your group! Keep it up ?
It’s so amazing to find out that such youth would do things like this specially we dont see this kind of program most of the time (although some does exist but not generally) and it starts young talaga! Kaya kabataan ang pag asa ng bayan… show them we can change the world!
I know about SK but honestly I’m not familiar with what it does. Good to know you guys are able to handle lots of projects for the community!
Wow so many activities for the youth. It’s great to see that you are helping the community. You are a great leader.
I wish this type of thing would be held here too. With the same principal I think young people could benefit greatly!
You are setting a good example for the youth. Not only that, you are also empowering them through various programs. That is such an admirable job you are doing to help your community.
Wow! I had no idea about any of this before reading your post, but I completely agree with your bullet points and how important they are! Keep up the good work!
I actually had no idea about this until now but it is a great job that you are doing. You have created the article very well. Many will be benefitted from it.
I think it is great that you are doing this! You are already proving yourself to be a great leader at such a young age.
Thanks for sharing ???? its really great that the Philippines is undertaking such an imitative, I hope it kicks off … We have a similar governmental direction in Egypt, but the focus is more on encouraging youth entrepreneurship activities, on another note the president has monthly conference with youths to try and listen to their thoughts and ideas, Egypt also held the second world youth forum this year. I just started blogging two days ago and I’d love to write a blog about this initiative if you don’t mind ????
Hi Salwa, thanks for reading my blog! I’d love to read your blog about Egypt too. ????
Hello, Ms. Karla! Can I have your permission for me to present and apply these activities and platforms because I will run for SK this December 2022.
Sure! Good luck ❤️
Nice post! Continue inspiring the younger generation. Cheers
It’s a good thing that you are raising mental health awareness. Keep it up.
Wow, I wish all SK members are like yours. Ours when we were kids were, sorry for the term, walang pake. Except for basketball leagues. You have the future of your barangay all figured out. Amazing!
You are too good Karla. I am already a big fan
Awww, thank you. We’re just doing our job as a public servant. ????
That’s just wonderful. I am very keen to follow your activities and I have a serious wish to hold a blog friends’ get together