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[News] SENIA Manila Youth Chapter Completes Advocacy Video

The SENIA Manila Youth Chapter completed their first advocacy project as a group. With their video entitled “Are We Really That Different?”, the SENIA Manila Youth continues to advocate for special needs in a touching way. Check out their video and feature below. The feature is written from the perspective of the SENIA Youth.

Are We Really That Different?

Do people have the right to judge us for who we are and what makes us special?

‘SENIA: Are we really that different?’ is a video about us,  international students who have learning challenges, and handle them in different ways. Each stride we take, we are faced with new obstacles where our learning challenges prevent us from conquering but we still persevere!

The video is our, Manila Youth Chapter’s, way of spreading awareness about the kinds of challenges we students have. No matter the challenge, we cope with them in our own way and in our own time.

This video has two sides–what we struggle with and how we excel in our hobbies and activities. We want to show that even though we are different, we aren’t. We have learning differences that make us special and unique. However, we are human just like you.

Learning challenges are not rare to society and by just accepting that not everyone thinks alike, we become a more accepting mankind. Our goal is to help the educators and the education sector in the Philippines to be more aware of our challenges. Learning support programs needs to be better developed and spread throughout the Philippines. If kids, at a young age, get the support they need, it will give them a brighter future.

[News] SENIA Student Awardee 2012 on SENIA Youth Chapter

SENIA Manila is proud to spearhead the first-ever SENIA Youth Chapter this year.

After a successful inaugural meeting last March 9, 2013 at the International School Manila, Mr. Ericson Perez, SENIA board member, asked participants about their experiences. Ms. Andrea Zubiri, the first SENIA Student Awardee, gave a comprehensive account of her experience.

Learn from her and be inspired.  Continue reading

[News] SENIA youth express feelings about SENIA Youth Chapter

The SENIA Manila Youth Chapter completed their inaugural meeting last March 9, 2013 at the International School Manila during the SENIA Manual 2nd Annual Conference.

The nine founding members from various SENIA member schools got to know each other and worked together to define the goals of the SENIA Youth chapter. Check out what they thought about their experiences that day.

“I am extremely excited to start this Youth Chapter because it is something that I strongly believe in doing. I know when I am apart of something that wants to make a difference, there is only good that is to come out of it. This meeting we had together, as the first Youth Chapter, turned out to be something worth while; as all 9 of us clicked together for a common goal in mind. We set out to promote self advocacy and awareness within our school community and we are doing this by putting ourselves out in the open in order to stand up for others. I hope that this Youth Chapter really makes the difference in other peoples lives and makes sure that people with learning differences are able to get the help they need and the self confidence because everyone deserves a chance.”

Megan Johnson, 11th grade, International School Manila

“I really enjoyed the meeting and I’m really excited for the next. The first Youth Chapter meeting was not only inspirational but enjoyable. I can’t wait to start advocating and spending  more time with others similar to me. Thanks you SENIA for the opportunity to do just that.”

Samantha Johnson, 8th grade, International School Manila, SENIA Student Award Winner 2013

“My favorite part of this youth chapter was that I was able to meet such amazing people like  Samantha Johnson who is the winner of the SENIA Student Award 2013. It is a great honor to meet such a person. Second of all I hope that this youth chapter will be the candle that will light the way for other generations of people with learning differences so that they will be able to walk a much safer and secure road in their lives.”

Tux Miguel, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

Thank you for letting me be part of this Youth Chapter.  My favorite part of it was meeting Samantha Johnson.  As a nominee for the SENIA award, I was really happy for her when she won and I hope that SENIA will go world wide in the next 50 years or so.”

-Jessica Malca, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

“My favorite thing to do during the meeting was getting to know the people there, learning/working together on things that are similar and are happening to other students. Also, making the plan on the project.”

Danielle Hilker, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

“My favorite thing about the SENIA Youth meeting was coming and meeting each other again, and talking about what we need to plan for our next presentation or idea. I look forward to us  getting along more too.”

Dominique Hilker, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

Go forward, SENIA Youth Chapter! We are excited to see what you will accomplish!