Sauler represents BYLI, takes part in Youth Solutions Forum 2017
Driven by the passion to make a difference, Kristine Joy Sauler, Director for Training and Development of the Borres Youth Leadership Institute, Inc., attended the United Nations Sustainable Development Network (UN SDSN) Youth Solutions Forum 2017 at Ateneo de Manila University last July 29 with the theme, “Enabling advocates for global goals.”
The Youth Solutions Forum 2017 is an initiative of the UN SDSN Youth – Philippines bringing together youth organizations and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) advocates to empower and strengthen the young people who will become key players to a more sustainable Philippines by 2030.
Participated by young and middle-aged leaders of different organizations from all over the Philippines, the forum focused on role of the youth in the Sustainable Development Agenda. It invited young people’s aggressive drives and ignited their level of involvement in achieving these global goals.
In connection to BYLI, as an organization advocating youth empowerment and community mobilization, Sauler realized that despite of exposing the youth to different programs, being aware of the [social] issues is not enough. “As a youth organization, it is our responsibility to help the youth to wake up and embrace the sense of being in the matrix…[the] youth should get a sudden understanding of what is really going [on] and find out that we were wrong about much of what and how we understood the truth,” she said.
Moreover, Sauler also shared that youth development is about making people realize their aspirations. “Youth aspirations need integration not only in asking about the problem but also making that issue their [youth] problem, thus increasing enablers and decreasing deterrents,” she added.
Sauler recognized that it is a great challenge to respond to the needs of the society and even to the needs of the youth “but with the help of a more scientific approach, building a nation is much more meaningful and transformative.” She emphasized that, as an organization, it is the duty of BYLI to make use of its network and influence the young minds to practice their rights to be heard and monitor what this country is supposed to do with its people.
Apart from sharing of advocacies and searching for sustainable solutions to the daily problems faced by the Filipino youth, the forum also held plenary sessions on the Youth Situation in the Philippines by Hon. Percival Cendaňa, the National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner for Luzon; the Context of the SDGs in the Philippines by Girlie Grace Casimiro of the National Development Authority; Sustainable Development in the Philippines by Dr. Rosalinda Ofreneo of SDSN and the “Laylayan” Economics by Usec. Philip Dy representing Hon. Vice President Leni Robredo.