Throwback to more than a decade ago.
When asked about high school, I'd say it was exciting but uncertain. I was figuring out myself and what I want, while dealing with my grades, extra curricular activities, and a wild mix of different people! There's so much to juggle, including my self-esteem and not taking personal care for granted.
Yesterday, I was back in a "classroom" for TeenWeekPH 2015's kick-off at the Yardstick Coffee, Makati. It felt nakaka nerbyos at first (haha), but also cool. Class was early (11 am is early na for me, haha), but the subject is exciting (adult coloring book). I also look forward to the curriculum for the whole year!
Recognizing the positive impact #TeenWeekPH has had on the youth, in 2015, it is expanding to more areas in Visayas and Mindanao, and a total of 125 public and private schools nationally for a week of edutainment programs. Tailored to teen-relevant themes per day, #MoveUpMonday tackles teen life and goal setting, with a poster making activity while #TransformTuesday teaches teens to care for their skin with Pond’s and Master. #WorkItWednesday encourages teens to build their talents and confidence, with challenges from Rexona. #ThinkBigThursday focuses on dreams and ambitions, with untangling limitless possibilities and nothing to hide workshops from Cream Silk and CLEAR. And on #FutureFriday, students will learn the importance of building lasting friendships and relationships in their teenage years.
Back in our classroom, upon entering, we picked a board with positive quotes that we can color while waiting for the program.
Food and coffee were served:
Then the program started with a "Graded Recitation" with Ms. Andersson, haha!
Mar Corazo of Unilever did his homework.
Mar Corazo of Unilever did his homework.
As part of Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan, #TeenWeekPH aims to power up future-ready teens by giving them the confidence to shape their future. They've been holding workshops on good personal hygiene and personality development for three years now. True enough, 60% of teens who joined the program started taking better care of themselves by using the products more regularly.
The best part is, students’ intent on pursuing higher education increased by 18% after their participation in #TeenweekPH. Students also said that they now think they have clearer dreams and ambitions because #TeenweekPH made them believe in themselves. Lastly, after #TeenweekPH, 28% more teens now believe that they are ready for the future.
For Club Hour, the theater group The Sandbox Co No Filter's Cai Cortex did an amazing hugot monologue.
Artistic Director and Executive Producer Toff De Venecia announced that Sandbox No Filter, the monologues of the millennial, will be back soon! I'll make sure to catch it this time.
The beautiful teenager Claudia Barretto shared her high school stories and mantra during reporting:
And of course, The Verns' Verniece and Vern Enciso were very candid and fun to watch. Inspiring sisterhood!
Along with the daily edutainment modules, a series of videos that tackle different aspects of teen life, #TeenWeekPH also introduces the Teen Talks, speeches given by informed and successful young men and women on topics such as self-esteem, talent and confidence, dreams and ambitions. Dubbed the Teen Council, speakers include basketball player and entrepreneur Chris Tiu, multi-awarded Filipina volleyball player Alyssa Valdez, and actor and dancer Enrique Gil, among others.
The week-long workshops will culminate in #TeenWeekPH Fairs that will be held in key cities NATIONWIDE. There will be fun activities, booth, and performance by special guests. No wonder the program has been recognized by national and international award winning bodies such as Anvil Awards, Tambuli Awards, and the Asian Marketing Effectiveness and Strategy Awards in Singapore, #TeenWeekPH is a big contribution to the welfare of our young Pinoys.
I am excited for its 2015 run more and more. :)
Ending with class pictures:
Class dismissed! :)
For more information, visit TeenWeekPH.com.