After nine virtual sessions, the Quezon City University (QCU) successfully held the first face-to-face session of the Executive Course for Barangay Leaders on System Delivery Support for the Out of School Youth (QCU BLeSDS for the OSY) last April 2, 2022 at the QCU Auditorium, Laboratory Building, San Bartolome Campus.
Dr. Theresita V. Atienza, QCU President, served as the lecturer of the tenth session of QCU BLeSDS for the OSY, which was funded through a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Opportunity 2.0 Program – Education Development Center (EDC).
Dr. Atienza’s lecture focused on the basics of planning, developing, and organizing relevant programs for the OSYs. She first discussed the development of management and bureaucracy and the characteristics of an open system. She also talked about the seven dimensions of organizational culture before focusing on the definition, purpose, and types of plans
“The change agents are the happiest, the most joyful individuals. Why? Because we can control our destinies. That’s why we need to be the change that our out-of-school youth needs,” Dr. Atienza emphasized.
Dr. Atienza also discussed how to set goals and objectives properly, the guidelines for effective delegation of tasks as part of organizing a program, the steps in organizing, and the importance of coordination in program planning.
Participants were then asked to develop an action plan detailing their priority project that will address a specific problem or needs of the OSYs. Presentation of the workshop output followed before the program ended at around 4:00 PM.
QCU BLeSDS for the OSY aims to train local QCitizen leaders in developing and designing community programs, projects, and activities that will address the situations, problems, and concerns of OSYs in Quezon City. The first part of the program focuses on youth leadership and development covering modules on bridging leadership, positive youth development, education and training opportunities, livelihood and employment, health education and responsible parenthood, and peace, justice, law, and order.
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