JCI News Benigno “Bam” Aquino of the Philippines 
selected as one of the 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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For his extraordinary work in social enterprise for the underprivileged, Benigno “Bam” Aquino of Quezon City, Philippines was named a 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment. 

 

Being exposed to the struggles of his countrymen as a child, Benigno “Bam” Aquino moved to different parts of the Philippines encountering a wide variety of socioeconomic structures. Exposed to the struggles of his fellow citizens, he developed a sense of hard work, compassion and a desire to help these people help themselves out of hardship. With education as a priority, he earned a bachelor’s degree in management engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University and participated in an executive education program at Harvard University. 

 

He then set out to use his leadership skills and education to take action at the grassroots level. Aquino started his service through a local foundation organizing youth volunteers to help with disaster relief and work in rehab centers for abandoned children. In recognition of his work, he was appointed to Chairman of the National Youth Commission (NYC) at the age of 26, becoming the youngest person to head a government agency in the Philippines. 

 

 

After his term with NYC, Aquino and a friend founded Microventures Inc, a social enterprise that supports micro-financing institutions to provide business development opportunities for the poor. Microventures is known for the Hapinoy program, helping underprivileged women in the countryside set up community stores, providing residents cheaper access to goods and boosting the local economy. The program helps local shops grow through business aggregation and personal development programs for the employees. For his work with the Hapinoy program, he was named Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation for Social Enterprises. Aquino’s philosophy on how to alleviate poverty focuses on making the people self-sufficient and giving them the tools and skills to produce sustainable solutions to issues in their communities. 

 

 

JCI TOYP

JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts on a local and global level.

 

These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2012 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Tuesday, November 20 at the JCI World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.

 

Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.

 

Contact:

Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International)

programs@jci.cc

 

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