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Category: Group SOV Awardee FY: 2005

The Jesuits in House of Studies created the Jesuit Volunteer Philippines (JVP) program in 1980 in response to the growing need to nurture the idealism among the youth to engage in active non-violent development work. JVP has been promoting its mission of building a just society through faith-driven volunteer service. It recruits, trains, forms, and sends fresh college graduates and young professionals to volunteer full-time in under-resourced institutions and communities. They contribute to nation building by teaching and forming the youth, serves as health workers, organizing farmers and fisherfolks and facilitating financial management, leadership, and livelihood skills training.

By the early 90s, the JVP community of volunteers, former volunteers, supporters, family and friends had grown immensely. And in 1993, the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines Foundation was founded, in order for the community to continue working towards its vision and goals in an effective and organized manner.

In the area of education, JVP volunteers help establish schools, scholarship funds and Foundations which help less fortunate children and the youth. They also help in the area of youth formation, the establishment of students centers and student catholic action groups and campus ministries which aim to make students aware of social issues and be involved in the larger sphere of life and live their faith through apostolates .

JVP has contributed to the education and cultural preservation of the indigenous Lumads and Dumagats people in the mountains of Bukidnon and the Mangyans of Mindoro Since 1990, JVP volunteers have been developing curriculum and lesson guides in English, Math, Science and Filipino that were at par with the education standards in other DepEd accredited schools in the lowlands

JVP volunteers also helped the establishment of the Pambansang Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka in various parts of the country.

In 25 years, JVP has sent 739 full-time volunteers to more than 200 partner institutions.

JVP is the longest running local volunteer organization of its kind and has served as an inspiration and model of other academe-based volunteer organization subsequently established in the Philippines such as the Year of Service in Cagayan de Oro City, the La Salle Volunteer Program in Bacolod and Manila, the Mangyan Volunteers in Mindoro and the Diocesan Youth Volunteers of Catanduanes, to name a few.

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