If proactive doers such as the recipients of the 9th TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) Awards are capable of great achievements even with little resources, think how much more they can do when they have innovative technology as their ally.
At the 2011 TAYO Awards—the country’s leading annual award for exceptional Filipino youth organizations—Lenovo Philippines gave each of the winners a Lenovo IdeaPad S100 netbook. In addition, one Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 was given to the winner of the special IT Category award. As the exclusive technology partner, Lenovo also provided all the computers throughout the screening, evaluation and tabulation of entries of the youth organizations whose innovative programs and valuable projects have contributed to the development of their communities.
Months after the awarding ceremonies, the ten groups that bested more than 200 candidates prove to be more inspired and empowered to face the challenges as they go back to the communities they serve. This time, they have the trophy, the cash grant, the recognition, and the devices to help them.
Vicky Agorrilla, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines, said, “The recipients of the TAYO Awards have exemplified how the youth are indeed ‘DO-ers’—active participants of nation building. With highly functional Lenovo PCs in their hands, coupled with their deep commitment to impact society positively, we know that the youth can exhibit far more than just possibilities, but real accomplishments and tangible achievements.”
Continuing their advocacies
The essence of Lenovo’s ‘For Those Who Do’ campaign is perfectly captured by the TAYO Awards, whose winners are chosen based on the project’s creativity, innovation, sustainability, effective use of resources, spirit of volunteerism, and impact on stakeholders. Quite aptly, Lenovo products are for “DO-ers,” people who live to seize opportunities and see technology as an integral part of their lives and a tool to help them achieve their goals.
Norhashim Ulangkaya, founder and national president of the Young Mindanawans Peace Builders (YMPB), one of the winning organizations, said, “This award [allows] us to work more on youth empowerment. It motivates us to continue our cause and sustain our projects.” YMPB advocates sustainable peace and development in conflict-ridden Maguindanao. Their large membership base (148,291) requires an organized data base the officers can quickly update and access, which they can now easily do using the laptop they received as part of the prizes.
“We use technology, especially social media, to continue our advocacies on social issues,” shared Roe Jalimao, artistic director of Legazpi City’s AUL-S.T.A.G.E. (Sama-samang Tinig ng mga Aktor na Gumagalaw sa Entablado). AUL-STAGE produces plays excerpted from epics, such as the Bicol’s Ibalong, and involves youths from selected communities in the creative process. The members find the IdeaPad S100 ideal to bring wherever they have workshops and activities. The award is more than an affirmation of the good things that they do. “The beneficiaries and partners of our project are proud of this accomplishment and are looking forward to our next collaboration.”
Upgraded mobile lifestyle
Meanwhile, Aley NM bagged the Most Innovative Project, a special citation for the organization that has internalized the DO mindset and embodied the DO-er lifestyle with their use of technology. They took home an IdeaPad Tablet K1 in addition to the IdeaPad S100.
The group conducts training sessions meant to improve food security among their adopted communities, and to preserve nature. According to co-founder Ivan Cyril B. Sayre, they used to haul bulky charts and visual aids hand-drawn on manila paper to the training venues, usually remote areas. “It is now easier for us to be mobile community organizers as everything is in our netbook and tablet—word files, powerpoint presentations, picture documentations.”
Being a TAYO awardee enables the group to be more confident to tell people who they are and what they do, and to more easily implement their localized volunteer programs.