Be a Successful Social Entrepreneur and Change the World

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The Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government (ASoG) through its Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (YLSE) unit will conduct its 10th Social Entrepreneurship and Good Governance Training Program on June 22 to Oct. 12 at the Ateneo de Manila campus in Quezon City.

Through lectures, discussions, and case studies of actual social enterprises, this program will introduce students to the concept of social entrepreneurship as innovative means to solve social problems and make a positive contribution in society using entrepreneurial skills. Instead of profit being the end goal, it sees social development as a benchmark of the enterprise's success. In the Philippines, social enterprises such as Human Nature, Echostore, Jacinto & Lirio, Hapinoy, and Rags2Riches have helped uplift the lives of various marginalized sectors.

According to ASoG YLSE program officer Myra Beatriz de Leon, the program aims to provide individuals with the essential tools and skills in creating their social enterprise. Mentoring sessions with social enterprise experts will also be provided to further improve the students' social enterprise business plans.

"It will increase their understanding not only of the ground rules of being an entrepreneur, but also the standards on how to generate, systematize, and run a venture to attain social change in their own communities," De Leon said. "The project does not end with the training program itself but the participants are to be given guidance and support even after the program especially when they pursue their social enterprises. …