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WHO CAN JOIN?

Open to all groups, organizations, clubs and societies whose membership and leadership are composed of at least 5 members who are below 30 years old. Majority of the members should also be below 30 years old. The project entry to be submitted must be a recently concluded project or an ongoing program. A project proposal does not qualify as an entry. The project should also be under one of the five categories. A continuing project entry (or one that started in 2017 must either be completed, or a major portion must have been undertaken by the deadline.

TAYO CATEGORIES

TAYO 16 categories thematically identify the main thrust of the organization’s project. This will allow organizations, the partners, and the community at large to easily capture the vision and goals of a particular project entry. Organizations will select one category that best represents the classification of their submitted project.

Here are the categories for the TAYO Awards:

EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY

Access to education, or the lack of it, is one of the biggest obstacles to building a productive citizenry and the development of communities. Access to education, or the lack of it, is one of the biggest obstacles to building a productive citizenry and the development of communities.

To be illiterate and unschooled is to be excluded from the possibility of a better future. If we want a better country, we need to provide everyone with the proper knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to help themselves – and eventually help others too.

The Education & Technology category seeks to recognize youth organizations who have projects that have addressed the education gaps through technology, literacy programs, science and mathematics trainings, tutoring sessions, alternative learning modules and other creative means in helping build a learned people.

HEALTH, WELL-BEING & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

A healthy citizenry is key to a productive and effective nation.  As we progress today, the challenge is to further provide health care & nutrition, food security, sanitation and other initiatives where Filipinos can have quality, sustainable and meaningful lives.

The Health, & Well-Being category seeks to recognize youth organizations with projects that address the well-being of communities through medical services, feeding programs, nutrition information campaigns, and innovative food security projects, among other efforts that build self-sustaining communities.

A healthy citizenry is key to a productive and effective nation.  As we progress today, the challenge is to further provide health care & nutrition, food security, sanitation and other initiatives where Filipinos can have quality, sustainable and meaningful lives.

The Health, Well-Being & Human Development category seeks to recognize youth organizations with projects that address the well-being of communities through medical services, feeding programs, nutrition information campaigns, and innovative food security projects, among other efforts that build self-sustaining communities.

ENVIRONMENT, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION & CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

The Philippines’ vulnerability to disasters is due to its geographical location. The country experiences around twenty typhoons a year on average as it lies along the Western Pacific Basin, the world’s busiest typhoon belt. The country is also vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions as it lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire.  The challenge for the new generation of Filipinos is how to adapt to climate change and be able to build robust and resilient communities.

Environmental consciousness and disaster preparedness are tied closely together. When one is in tune with the surroundings, it becomes easier to decide on what to act on: which issues to address, what areas to improve in, what impending catastrophes may happen. Preventive measures are always best, especially in our country where we regularly experience typhoons and other calamities both natural and man-made.

The Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation category seeks to recognize youth groups who work with vulnerable communities in effective environmental protection, climate change solutions, promoting biodiversity and ecological awareness, and disaster prevention, education, rescue, rehabilitation, among others.

LIVELIHOOD & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Enterprise development plays a vital role in economic progress, may it be via individual start-up ideas or community-cooperative endeavors.  Individuals who engage in businesses are catalysts for economic growth, creating opportunities to earn for themselves and for their families, and also providing jobs to their communities.  In today’s global and integrated markets, the challenge is to constantly address the ever-growing sophistication of market needs, customer satisfaction and supply chains.

The Livelihood & Entrepreneurship category seeks youth groups who push for the knowledge, skills and values of entrepreneurship, establishing sustainable and marketable livelihood programs as interventions in alleviating poverty, especially in the countryside.  Other programs may include jobs generation & matching, financial literacy, market linkage, product development, and design & sales initiatives, etc.

CULTURE, ARTS, & HERITAGE

Culture encompasses the values, beliefs and traditions – acts we exhibit in our every day lives. Likewise, it is reflected in our rich history, heritage and creative expression. It is through culture that we develop a sense of belongingness in the communities we reside in.

It is through the culture & the arts that we are rooted towards promoting peace in communities, especially in our marginalized sectors.  In order for every Filipino experience the economic growth we are having the past few years, progress should be rooted in our values, languages, individual, communal and national stories, and our way of living.

The Culture, Arts, & Heritage category seeks to recognize youth organizations who have constantly and creatively contributed in telling the Filipino narrative – its struggles & triumphs, its colorful past & dreams for the future, and its rich, diverse & global identity.

Programs include the promotion and education of human dignity, exhibitions, performances and written & visual work that advance the Filipino, and initiatives that work towards the inclusion of the poor & the marginalized, such as the urban & rural poor, the persons with the disabilities, women & the indigenous peoples, among others.

SEARCH PROCESS

Up to the National Judging, organizations will be competing per category. This means that the organization will only compete with other organizations in the same category. The four best organizations per category will be invited to the TAYO week. An organization can submit multiple entries to different categories provided that the projects are different.

To select the ten best entries, TAYO Awards is divided into six phases:

JUDGING CRITERIA

Here are the following criteria in judging submitted Project Entry Profiles during the Category Paper Screening:

Project Entry Profiledefines the parameters of the project.  This will give an accurate picture of the operation of the project and should manifest if the project is indeed successful. Screeners must note that entries were classified into specific categories via weighing of the advocacy and methods presented on the project entry. The entries will be screened through these indicators:

  1. Impact of the Project Entry – 25%
    1. Number of recipients (people who have actually benefited from the program)
    2. Effect of the project in the community/school (general improvement of way of life; it would be good if before and after photos could be supplied, as well as personal accounts of partners and recipients)
    3. Did the group fill a particular need in the community/school that was previously unanswered?
  2. Harnessing the Spirit of Volunteerism and Citizenship – 25%
    1. Involvement of the community, especially the youth, in planning, implementation, and evaluation
  3. Creativity and Innovation – 20%
    1. Application or introduction of new technologies, best practices, and uniqueness of products or services and promotion of indigenous materials
  4. Sustainability – 15%
    1. If the project can be sustained by the organization
    2. Duplication or probable duplication of implementation in other areas or by other groups (re-implemented successfully in the same area; implemented successfully in other areas)
  5. Effective Use of Resources- 15%
    1. Financial resourcefulness
    2. Networking with similar organizations
    3. Identification of local supporters

GENERAL SEARCH RULES AND GUIDELINES

  • Recipients of other awards are eligible. Winners of last year’s TAYO (Year 15) are not eligible to join. Other previous TAYO winners and finalists may still participate, provided that they submit a project entry different from the one submitted before.
  • Use only white, short (8.5 x 11 in.) bond paper for the attachment containing the organization and program/project profiles.
  • Use only staple wires to put together documents; do not bind or use clear book for project entries for submission.
  • Do not attach other documents that are not required for submission. When necessary, the TAYO Secretariat will request for additional data.
  • Lack or non-compliance of search requirements will result in automatic disqualification.
  • The organizers reserve the right to modify, alter or amend the above-stated rules or waive compliance therewith at their sole discretion if such steps are in accordance with the purpose of the search and awards scheme.
  • All decisions of the TAYO Screening Committee and Panel of Judges are final. No correspondence pertaining to these decisions shall be entertained.
  • All materials submitted to the TAYO Secretariat automatically become property of the organizers.
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