Be Like Jesse is a youth grant competition that calls for proposals from youth-led organizations that promote the ideals of the late former DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo. With the advocacy of youth participation in nation-building and promotion of development through empowerment of communities, Be Like Jesse has funded a total of eight (8) proposals from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao since it was launched in 2018.
In the midst of the call good governance and effective leadership in these times of crisis, the Jesse Robredo Institute for Leadership and Good Governance was launched, an e-learning platform that offer exclusive access to specialized and customized courses on topics related to good governance, effective leadership, and public policy.
The TSINELAS Youth Leaders Fellowship Program (TYLFP) is a seminar-workshop tailored fit for the youth, specifically Chairpersons of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). The fellowship program seeks to promote good governance by imparting the essence of Tsinelas Leadership (i.e. the ability to connect with and serve for the people at the grassroots and leading by example) and youth participation in nation-building. It will train the youth in developing concrete solutions to different issues in their localities and eventually in the country as the “next-in-line” to the leaders today. Ultimately, its goal is to inspire and train the youth of today to take part in creating and developing effective and innovative projects and programs in their respective communities.
The Young Leaders for Good Governance (YLGG) Fellowship Program is a one year training program on leadership and good governance for incumbent local government officials aged between 21-40 years old. Coming from various regions of the Philippines, the fellows consists of board members, mayors, vice mayors, and councilors.The diversity facilitates the exchange of information on the practices ofleadership and good governance in their unique contexts. For the past four years,three batches of passionate young leaders have graduated from the program.
Youth for Communities Leadership Caravan (YCLC) is a monthly destination fellowship program that aims to promote and strengthen youth development and youth participation in local governance and community-building. Anchored on the principle of “Tsinelas Leadership” of the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo - which means leadership that goes beyond comfort and convenience to understand, to participate, and to be of service to others - the fellowship program will feature a 4-module course which will train and engage youth leader participants to be active and empowered members of the youth sector and consequently, of their respective localities.
'Bayan Ko, Titser Ko' is a reading literacy program that aims to improve the reading levels of public elementary school students and to cultivate the community’s sense of shared responsibility in supporting every child’s learning. Amidst the challenges of distance learning in the time of the pandemic, the program aims to address the gaps in reading instruction through three interventions: (1) provision of learning kits(reading workbook, activity sheets, school supplies, hygiene kits) to each beneficiary; (2) support for parents and guardians on fostering a conducive learning environment at home; and (3) creation of a community volunteer program to engage various community actors in support of children’s learning.