Open Heart Youth Movement as an organized youth group
One of the core programs of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. (OHF) is the promotion of the Participation Rights of the children and youth through the Open Heart Youth Movement (OHYM) under the Children and Youth Development Program (CYDP).
OHYM is an organized children and youth group whose members are the beneficiaries of OHF–CYDP nationwide. Through the CYDP, each beneficiary is empowered through capacity trainings and various psychosocial activities. Currently, there are 30 areas where CYDP is operating, thus also having 30 active OHYM groups with over 307 members. Each OHYM group conducts various activities voluntarily in their communities, not only as a means to share or pay forward the benefits and privileges they receive from the Foundation but also to share their positive experiences with other children and youth through their community outreach activities.
Last February 2020, OHYM Biñan and OHYM Quezon City teamed up to brainstorm and finalize the draft for OHYM’s vision, mission, and goals.
Here are the final vision, mission, and goals of OHYM:
1. To educate oneself and transmit new learnings to our fellow children and youth.
2. To unite us, children and youth in advocating our rights and capabilities.
3. To empower us, children and youth to become functional members of society.
After finalizing the vision, mission and goals, a Logo-Making Contest were also opened to all OHYM groups. 13 OHYM groups submitted their entries to join the contest. The winning logo will be used as the trademark of OHYM projects and its members. The winning logo was chosen from among various entries coming from different areas of operations of the Open Heart Foundation. Beneficiaries voted based on three criteria: relevance of the logo to the VMG, creativity, originality and general vote (choice of the beneficiaries as to logo appearance and its symbolism).
The beneficiaries voted for the logo of their choice and the top three was voted upon by four Admin staff for the final ranking. The entries from Biñan City, Pangasinan and Romblon are the top three choices of the beneficiaries. After the judging of four OHF staff, the entry from Pangasinan is the 3rd place, entry from Biñan City is the 2nd place, and entry from Romblon is the 1st place and the official logo of OHYM.
The winning entries received cash prizes: 1st Place PHP 10,000.00, 2nd Place PHP 7,500.00, 3rd Place PHP 5,000.00. The announcement of winners was officially made during the OHF 28th Anniversary on August 1, 2020.
Article prepared by Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW