“We realized that we all have our stories. Personal stories of defeat, of trying again, of winning and losing battles. Our stories served as a representation and a microcosm of the many lives of young Filipino today. But, at the end of the day, we touched the world with our brokenness. Our pains have led us to push the boundaries and change the norms as we take youth involvement in a whole new level.”
–TAYO10 ACCEPTANCE SPEECH, MALACAÑAN PALACE, 06 DECEMBER 2012.
Listening to the Filipino youth for 10 years, the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards (TAYO) Foundation, Inc. has heard stories one could laugh, cry, and be moved about. But, despite all feelings, the stories never fail to inspire.
TAYO continues to seek for ‘stories’ this year as the 11th Search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO 11) officially launches today. TAYO Awards Foundation and the National Youth Commission (NYC) will be accepting entries from all over the country until the deadline, 30 July 2013. TAYO Search is held annually to provide duly-deserved incentives and recognition to the country’s best youth groups, thus, encouraging youth involvement in nation-building and best practices-sharing among organizations. It also maintains a yearly-updated database of the nation’s youth organizations.
Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., the Search Presentor, grants Php 50,000 to the 10 winning organizations and Php 25,000 is granted to the other organizations that make it to the National Finals. Apart from the prestigious recognition, the winning organizations receive an especially commissioned trophy sculpted by Mr. Toym De Leon Imao.
Entries will be evaluated using the following general criteria: (1) Impact of the Project Entry to Stakeholders; (2) Harnessing the Spirit of Volunteerism and Citizenship; (3) Creativity and Innovation; (4) Sustainability; and, (5) Effective Use of Resources.
TAYO 11 is open to all youth groups, organizations, clubs, and societies whose membership and leadership are composed of at least 15 youth members (15-30 years old).
Established in 2002, TAYO Foundation is the only known award-giving body for outstanding youth organizations in the Philippines. It aims to discover and laud exceptional youth organizations that have contributed to the development of their local communities, schools, or work places, through their innovative projects. To date, more than 1000 youth organizations have joined the search and are now part of the fast-growing TAYO youth network.
To know more about the search, information is available in www.tayoawards.net. An online entry form can be filled out at the TAYO website. For inquiries, TAYO Secretariat can be contacted through text at 0917 TXT-TAYO (898-8296) or e-mail at [email protected]
TAYO 11 is presented by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., and organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. alongside the National Youth Commission and the Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan.