To advance the aim of bringing management concepts closer to communities, three students from the Junior Executive Society (JES), the flagship organization of BS in Management students of the College of Management, University of the Philippines Visayas, successfully clinched the Php 100,000 grant jointly presented by YouthLed PH, The Asia Foundation, USAID, and the Gerry Roxas Foundation for the organization’s Panubli initiative.
ArtisanRise – the policy introduced by its lead proponents, incoming 3rd year BS in Management students Phoebe Mae Magabilin, Francis Wilfred Olilang, and Nikka Ysabel Vela – aims to enrich artisanry through bringing management concepts closer to artisanal communities.
JES, their home organization, has been an advocate of artisanry since 2021 with the Panubli initiative. The ArtisanRISE team further expands this initiative by mobilizing the youth and incorporating their role in the implementation of the said project. Instead of the usual Panubli implementation of only having the JES members engage with the artisans, filming promotional videos, and setting up exhibits around the campus, the team has decided to mobilize senior high school students by having them personally interact and collaborate with the local artisans.
The pitching of the policy was held last June 11. Present for the policy pitching were representatives from the Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF), One Western Visayas Youth Network (OWVYN), the National Youth Commission (NYC), and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). ArtisanRise was one of the five teams that were awarded with the grant for the policy implementation. The policy qualifies under Economic Empowerment - one of OWVYN’s seven core agendas.
To equip the finalists with concepts and skills significant for the carrying out of their respective initiatives, a three-day Policy Dialogue Training Sprint was conducted on July 29-31. Along with the other four finalists, the team members were upskilled on topics on Project Management, Communications and Brand Engagement, Team Building, and Policy Advocacy. They were also made aware of the financing and the technicalities of their respective projects. By the end of the training sprint, ArtisanRise was able to pitch an improved version of their policy.
ArtisanRise, together with the entire Junior Executive Society community, aspire to strengthen the Panubli initiative not only by opening more platforms for artisans to market their products, but also by establishing a bigger connection with the youth, consistent with what the organization had always been passionate about – to be in service to the youth and the entire community.
The implementation of ArtisanRise, through the Panubli initiative, will run from late August to early December 2023.