Last September 8, 2012, Enderun’s Relief Efforts and Charities (R.E.A.C.H.), went to UP Diliman to participate in AIESEC UPD’s event, Juan Youth.
What exactly is Juan Youth? According to their Facebook page, Juan Youth is “a free school fair and concert that aims to highlight and showcase the different talents of the youth, as well as promote volunteerism. It gives a chance for both high school and college students to spend time with underprivileged children and help each other realize their important roles as young Filipinos.”
R.E.A.C.H. gladly took part in this event because the organization’s mission is to create an easily accessible venue for the Enderun community to give back and help the country. What better way to give back than through empowering the Filipino youth?
There were a number of ways through which a person could volunteer for the event. The R.E.A.C.H. volunteers chose to do their part by being youth buddies and game masters.
The youth buddies were tasked to be the ates and kuyas of the kids for the day. They helped them play games and win prizes during the fair. Being a youth buddy required a lot of patience because some of the kids could get quite rowdy and loud. All the Enderun ates and kuyas took good care of their kids and helped them enjoy the event.
Being a game master, on the otherhand, meant organizing a booth for the game fair. The R.E.A.C.H. game booth had a Pokemon theme. The objective of the game was to shoot a Pokemon card with a Nerf gun. Each card had corresponding points, and the number that was hit after four tries would be tallied. The booth was a resounding success having the longest lines all throughout the day.
Juan Youth, one of the first major events of R.E.A.C.H., was without a doubt a very worthy endeavor. Not only were students given the chance to help the less fortunate, but they also had fun. Helping out and having fun are two of the best ways to spend your time. Kudos to R.E.A.C.H. for an outreach event well done!