Hi! My name is Nice and I’m an advocate for youth empowerment where my goal is to encourage young people to be active and engage, especially youth leaders, to make an impact by helping other people especially children and also help them to understand their calling and God-given talents.
It wasn’t always easy. I quickly found out the learning curve is steep when you’re trying to help your community and other people through the simple act of kindness.
I also started as a Youth Leader 10 years ago and the path for me wasn’t always easy. I suffered depression and was confused about my direction.
I wasn’t born in a perfect family but I always have that desire that God can use me to be a vessel of influence to other people.
I would spend some of my money and dedicate it to feed kids in different places especially in our community. It is my own personal desire to help. It was a humble beginning of sharing what I know is "blessing others."
And to tell you honestly, it was reaaaaallly life-changing for me! It changed how I see my purpose and it gives me the courage to help others when I have blessings.
I know it’s my job as a Youth Leader to make my life valuable by helping others.
A SHOCKING EVENT
But for the last couple of years, I’ve seen more and more depressed young people, like me, in our community. Whenever I’ll talk to them, find them unsure with their direction.
But then something happened that rocked me to my very core. And maybe you can relate to this…just last 2 months, around 3 cases of young people here in our area committed suicide. :(
I can’t even begin to tell you how that event shocked me.
It really was the proverbial wake up call. Because suddenly I realized I had to start pursuing God’s calling in me, or I was going to waste my time not taking an action to help these young people find true encouragement and help them do something valuable to engage them.
CHANGING LIVES, MAKING IMPACT
So last month, I tried to encourage some young people in the area in our community to engage them in changing the lives and making an impact on children.
I believe that in helping others, you help yourself and you help the community.
I want to encourage them and create an opportunity where they can realize that they have a valuable purpose and there’s no reason to end their lives when they get stressed out or when they have problems.
And I’m happy that 9 young people joined me in this endeavour.
They are just ordinary students but can relate to the struggles that many of their age are facing.
From that day, we tried to organize an outreach activity in Batangas, a farm area where kids are rarely being reached of help from other people.
From then, we were able to teach and were able to feed more than 50 kids.
Since the start of this year 2018 as with other teams we've organized this kind of event, we were able to feed around 122 kids combined.
God indeed is so good!
So now, I am starting to work on a new platform to build a community of Youth Leaders here in the Philippines to empower them, support them and provide them with an avenue to help other people.
Why? So they will feel important, belonged and purposeful to become a better person.
They will have an opportunity to be part of the team to start community outreaches and mission trips to expose them to a more meaningful purpose of life.
It is just my earnest desire to help the next generation in this journey of purpose. Because I know God has a greater purpose in each one of us.
However, I’m honest that I don’t have sufficient funds to launch it due to some requirements that I need to work on. But I have already progressed on the framework and established the needed plans. Aside from that, I am working already on an e-book for the Youth Leaders to help them gain value and have clarity about their purpose.
Dear friends, and to all those who have the heart to help me, I will be very happy to include your names on the e-book that I am currently working as my special way to say “Thank you!” (even 100 times more!) for making this possible.
But not only that, I know God has a special way of rewarding you for your generosity.
I will also be very happy to update you once this platform has been up and running and start marking a change for many lives of our young people here in the Philippines.
This will also be the best special gift for me on my birthday next January 26, 2019.
So I am really hoping we can get sufficient funds to get this started and part of this cause is my goal to feed 200 kids as soon as the project has been launch.
Dear friends, thank you much for your help in advance and for continued support, you may also reach me at [email protected]
Thank you all with so much love!