By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

ILIGAN CITY, July 8 (PIA TFBM ICCC) – Various initiatives of youth from Iligan City, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte received recognition with their implemented projects to promote peace under the Project YACAP.

Project YACAP or Youth Amplifying, Co-creating and Advocating Peace is a leadership development program held for five months which  aims to strengthen youth participation in amplifying the stories of peace.

A member of Kultourismo shares the challenges, experiences and lessons in their implementation of their project. (Photo: Project YACAP)

Project YACAP was developed by volunteers from Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) and United States Government Alumni being inspired by their experiences in evacuation centers and by their friends who were affected by Marawi siege.

“We thought of creating a program of bringing in youth in conversation about peace and security because we believe that if we talk about securing our home, making our home safe and making our community peaceful, I think we need to include youth in the conversation,” said Lyrose Jane Genon, project director of Project YACAP.

Project Director Lynrose Jane Genon shares the goal and how Project YACAP was developed. (Photo: Project YACAP)

A workshop was held in February where 27 Lanao youth gathered and were grouped into five to develop and implement various projects to promote peace in their community. It consists of Kultourismo, Tanaw, Lunhaw Lanao, Peace Wins and Project Malaya.

“As a youth leader, I would like to encourage the youth especially in our country to be the agent of change. Youth should not be afraid to show their talents and skills that can help influence everyone, “said Donalyn Yarot of Tanaw.

Youth participants of Project YACAP share a hug that symbolizes unity in their continuing efforts to promote peace. (Photo: Project YACAP)

The Project YACAP workshop was funded by the government of the United States of America through the US-Government Alumni Community in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the College of Arts and Social Sciences of MSU-IIT. (LEAntonio)