Asia Pacific College (APC) conducted the first session of t-shirt printing workshop for the Virlanie Youth last July 5, 2019 in line with the World Youth Skills Day.
The activity was spearheaded by Bernard Temporosa, a faculty member of APC School of Multimedia and Arts and a Virlanie art teach volunteer for 15 years. The workshop aims to teach the young adults silk-screening techniques for t-shirt printing, which they can eventually use as skills for employment or shirt business.
According to Jessica Lagatic, Virlanie’s Independent Living Program Coordinator, “the silk-screening activity serves as an exposure to Virlanie youth particularly The Rising Youth officers for them to be knowledgeable and motivated in doing Income Generating Projects (IGP), as part of their annual plan of activities. This activity will also be an avenue from them to be equipped with necessary skills and competencies in leading the possible project with the other youth, and while working together, gives them sense of fulfillment.”
The t-shirt printing sessions last until August 2, 2019.
The World Youth Skills Day
According to the United Nations, the active engagement of the youth in sustainable development efforts is important. A 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was set by the international community that calls for an integrated approach to development to eradicate all aspects of poverty.
During the World Youth Skills Day, the values and importance of Technical and Vocational education is recognized as it plays a vital role in addressing the demands of the economic, social and environmental nature by helping youth and adults develop the skills they need for employment, entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability.
While the silk-screening techniques, the Virlanie youth can create t-shirt designs that may eventually address the needs of small and medium enterprises.
Virlanie and the Arts
SiBuHi or also known as Sining, Buhay, Hilom (Arts, Life and Healing) is one of the programs in Virlanie that dedicates in bringing back the smiles to the street children. It provides a safe and child-friendly venue for children to freely express their feelings, emotions and experiences artistically and creatively. The coordinator and the volunteers work together to reinforce the children’s self-esteem and self- confidence through discovering and developing their talents. Along with the Independent Living Program, SiBuHi works on strengthening children’s talents thaty they could also use when they become fully independent.
United Nations. (n.d.). World Youth Skills Day. Retrieved July 12, 2019, from https://www.un.org/en/events/youthskillsday/background.shtml