Generation Balikbayan: Bringing young Filipinos back home for social change


For decades, the Philippines has been exporting its people; 10 percent of the entire Filipino population now lives abroad. But could the tide be turning?

This November, Kaya Collaborative will begin its search for 20 young Filipino diaspora leaders to join its 4th annual Summer Fellowship in the Philippines.

Kaya Collaborative (Kaya Co.) was launched in August 2013 by a network of college students from Brown, Harvard, Stanford, and Seattle University. Since then, Kaya Co. has brought 34 young leaders from the Filipino diaspora — the 10 million Filipinos living outside their homeland — back to the Philippines for two-month internships in the social impact sector.

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