The Lakas Mentorship Program was created in the spring of 2012 to arm youth with knowledge and relationships to be stronger individuals. Lakas translates to “strength” in Tagalog.
To create empowered youth and thriving communities.
To foster positive transformation and explore the experiences of the Philippine diaspora. We achieve this through culturally relevant curriculum, critical engagement, and advocacy.
What To Expect
Lakas’s 7-month curriculum is rooted in leadership development and change: making changes in our world begins with change within ourselves. Our program empowers individuals in their communities by emphasizing the importance of continuous growth and development.
Each mentee, a high school student, is paired with a mentor, a college student aged 18-28. These pairs participate in activities put together by Lakas staff members, who are post-graduates and professionals from diverse backgrounds. By the end of this program, participants — mentees, mentors, even staff members — will be equipped with leadership, communication, and decision-making skills as well as resources that will help them no matter what stage in life.
The program’s activities include
- Mentor-Mentee Activities
- off-site field trips (i.e., Historic Filipinotown) and socials
- Pillar Sessions (detailed below)
Mentees, mentors, and staff members will interact with one another to provide a holistic perspective of the program’s topics from different stages in life.
OBJECTIVES AND PILLARS
A pillar session is a full day of planned activities supervised and coordinated by the Lakas Curriculum Team and staff. In these sessions, participants will be given a safe space to practice essential leadership, communication, and decision-making skills. Each pillar session is centered around one of the five pillar topics above and will integrate presentations, related activities, and discussions.
Each pillar session is planned and facilitated by a Pillar Coordinator. These individuals are leaders in their respective communities with extensive academic and professional experience. See the staff page for their biographies.