The search is on for young Filipinos who make impact in this year’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards.
Are you a member of a youth organization who is contributing vital changes and solutions to your community? Or are you on the lookout for active Filipino youth groups who are championing innovation and nation-building? The TAYO Awards might be the best place for you.
The Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation has launched its search for this year’s outstanding youth organizations that have made a significant contribution to their communities. Being the Philippines’ premiere award-giving body that recognizes and supports impactful youth groups, TAYO is the nation’s biggest platform that showcases “young Filipinos’ dynamism and contribution to nation-building.”
For its 20th year, the theme for the Search for Tayo Awards is SIKLAB, reminding the nation of the “undying flare among Filipino youth organizations to make a difference, inspire hope and unity, and positively influence generations to come.”
To celebrate all the programs and initiatives that youth groups have ignited in their communities, the TAYO Awards Foundation also presents their slogan, #TAYO: Pagsiklab sa Bagong Dekada. This year’s campaign aims to instigate the TAYO community to ignite more innovative programs and projects for the betterment of their communities.
“2022 marks TAYO’s second decade in recognizing the efforts of the youth towards nation building. This big milestone will solidify our continuous commitment to the next generations of youth organizations striving to make a positive impact in their communities,” TAYO Executive Director Rhyn Esolana said.
HOW TO JOIN?
The TAYO Awards is open to all youth organizations, formal or non-formal, with at least five members and who have projects from January 2021 to September 2022. The majority of the members should be under 30 years old. Application is free and multiple submissions are accepted, provided that the entries will be different projects or programs. The call for application will run from September 27 to October 26.
The awards are divided into five different categories: 1) Culture, Arts, and Heritage, 2) Education and Technology, 3) Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, 4) Health, Well-Being, and Human Development, and 5) Livelihood and Entrepreneurship. Selection of projects and organizations will be based on Project Impact, Volunteerism and Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, and Sustainability.
The 10 winners and finalists will be awarded seed grants amounting from Php 20,000 to Php 50,000 courtesy of Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. and San Miguel Corporation who are also the awards’ co-presenters. They will also receive the TAYO Trophy designed by the National Artist for Visual Arts (Sculpture), Toym Imao.
TAYO’S ENDURING STORY
The TAYO Awards Foundation was established in 2002, post the EDSA People Power II, by the then young Senator Kiko Pangilinan “in the mission of celebrating the efforts of youth organizations and their contributions to nation-building.” Its first edition was done under the leadership of then National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairman Mabel Mamba and former NYC Commissioner Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino.
Since its inception, TAYO has succeeded in recognizing the trailblazing efforts and initiatives of 380 youth organizations. Past winners of the program include Philippine Stagers Foundation, Hayag Youth Organization, Kanlungan Pilipinas Movement, Tanay Mountaineers, Virtuahalan, Inc., Center for Sustainability Philippines, Inc., UP Bike Share, Kilusan ng Kabataan Para sa Kalikasan, AHA! Learning Center, and Farm Box.
For more information about this year’s TAYO Awards, you may visit their Facebook page.