• May 21, 2024

Over 300 students from 17 regions across the Philippines recently completed the Microsoft Youth Ambassador (MYA) Program, culminating the pilot run with a hybrid graduation ceremony at the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office.

Spearheaded by DepEd’s Youth Formation Division, in collaboration with Microsoft Philippines, the MYA Program was launched in November 2021. It aims to enhance employability by empowering Filipino students to become globally competitive, value-driven, career-oriented, culturally rooted, and socially responsible professionals.

The program is a year-long initiative for qualified DepEd learners from Junior High School to Senior High School, who are open to learn how Microsoft solutions can be used for learning and productivity, and who are ready to develop leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. Participants become representatives advocating youth empowerment through technology. They are also given access to training programs and certification pathways that support career-readiness.

From left: Microsoft Youth Ambassadors John Alfie Rendon, Shenn Contioso Montargo, Rayv Jasper Herbieto, Kate Gomez Barbadillo, Vanessa Angelica Sieras, Thomas Danjo Manulat, Antoniette Grace Avila

The pilot batch of Microsoft Youth Ambassadors underwent comprehensive capacity-building throughout 2022 on Microsoft 365, digital literacy via LinkedIn Learning, professional communication skills training, and mentoring and coaching sessions for their capstone projects. The training sessions were held in partnership with Microsoft Global Training Partner Audentes Technologies.

On their first year, the Microsoft Youth Ambassadors led over 30 community-driven trainings in their respective regions, which helped build capacity for over 30,000 DepEd learners on digital literacy and the proper use of Microsoft technology. To date, over 150 MYAs have successfully completed the digital literacy learning path on LinkedIn Learning.

Microsoft Philippines and DepEd are working on the next round of the Microsoft Youth Ambassadors Program.

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