UNIVERSITAS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Universitas Leadership Program (ULP) is a leadership fellowship program offered to highly selected young people, who will undergo all the key programs of the foundation, and be assigned a professional mentor to guide him/her through until graduation and beyond. Each participant who completes the ULP will be granted the distinction as a “Fellow” of the Universitas Leadership Institute.
Back-to-the-basics (BK2DB6) is the foundational course offered by the Universitas Leadership Institute. It is based on the book, “Back to the basics: principles and values of nation building” edited by the President & CEO of the Foundation. Participants go through each of the chapter of the book aided by a staff or Fellow of Universitas and will be granted a certificate upon its completion.
A sequel to the Back-to-the-basics course, No-Holds-Barred (NHB) is a series of discussions on key issues facing the youth of today. Each chapter of the book, “No holds barred: questions young people ask” shall be discussed in each session moderated by a staff or a Fellow of Universitas.
INQUIES PRO-LEGE MID TERM COURSE
Inquies pro lege (IPL) is course given during the summer or mid-term break for law enthusiasts. It means “restless for the law”, which signifies its purpose of inspiring its participants to search for the truth, under the principle that long-term solutions to our country’s problems have to be well thought-out and firmly grounded on respect for virtue and the natural law.
A COURSE ON THE GREAT BOOKS
What does it mean to be truly human? This course goes through all the great books that human civilization has produced from the ancient world up to contemporary times. The course shall be offered during the mid-term break to be handled mainly by Dr. Jose Maria Mariano, immediate past president of the University of Asia & the Pacific.
A COURSE ON NATION BUILDING
Is the Philippines already a nation or a nation in progress? This course traces the contemporary societal issues we face on the historico-philosophical and social characteristics and tendencies of the Filipino as a people. The classes are to be handled mainly by the renowned historian and playwright, Dr. Paul Dumol.
CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM
One of the key leadership traits promoted by Universitas is character. Its Character Education Program (CEP) could be completed in two possible ways: as a series of talks
throughout a semester or as a one-time summer course. The invited guest lecturer for this program is the founder of Character Education-Philippines, Mr. Mann Rentoy.
UNIVERSITAS YOUTH CONFERENCE
An annual conference for youth leaders, scholars and volunteers, it is akin to a gathering of all the young stakeholders of the Foundation in one venue every year, with a proposed theme, where resource persons are invited to speak, inspire and interact with the participants. Among the previous speakers of the conference were renowned Harvard economist Dr. Bernardo Villegas, governance guru Dr. Jesus Estanislao, Ambassor Joey Cuisia, Director Laurice Guillen, TV anchor and columnist Atty. Jose Sion, Philippine Society for Nuclear Medicine president Dr. Emerita Barrenechea, and key executives in the likes of Dr. Lito Sandejas, Mr. Luis Alejandro, Mr. Eric Canoy, Mr. Jayjay Calero, among others.
CHRISTMAS OUTREACH PROJECT
Christmas is a time to be together as a family. Celebrating a noche buena after a Christmas midnight Mass is something special for every Filipino family, but not everyone could afford it. Once a year, we ask a bishop to recommend the poorest community in his diocese and we make a campaign among our family, friends, benefactors and volunteers to share their blessings through a noche buena gift for the poorest families in the community.
JOHN PAUL II EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Some awards given to high school students are mainly based on their scholastic achievements. This one aims to search who among these academically excellent students espouse the values of the pope, who was well-respected by both Catholics and non- Catholics alike, on life, marriage and the family.
ANNUAL RETREAT FUND
A fund is devoted to help officers, staff and volunteers to attend a retreat annually, as part of their spiritual formation, which is a necessary component of the total development for leaders that is promoted by the Foundation. It is a good time to take stock, reflect on one’s commitment to serve God and country.
Part of of the holistic formation the Foundation aims to provide future leaders is to address how they spend their leisure time. Lolek Klub, from the nick-name of the well-loved pope, St. John Paul II, who himself was an avid mountain-hiker, provides venues for excursions to help mainly the officers, staff and volunteers of the foundation loosen up, have a good rest, and so be physically and mentally prepared to serve better.