DAVE G. SACEDA, CHAIR AND FOUNDER
Leadership Camp is a severe instructor.
Yes, if there are no difficulties there would be no success.
This training provides you avenues to fight up-hill, and to
win it without a struggle were perhaps winning it without
honor. If there were nothing to struggle for, there would
be nothing to be achieved. Difficulties will only intimidate
the weak, but they only act as a stimulus to men of resolution
the 2010 International Leadership Camp knitted your muscles
more firmly and taught you self reliance and greater flexibility
in life. In this camp, you learned a great deal of friction,
of sufferings, with obstacles before the true strength of
your character is brought out. Without challenges and struggles
and temporary defeats we will never know what sort of metal
we are made. Challenges and Struggles cannot keep a determined
SYL Camper from success.
Even without running water he is still smells good, even with
wet cushions and tents he will rise and serve, if even if
you place stumbling blocks in the way, he will take them as
a stepping stone. Even if you take his money he will negotiate
and make spurs of his poverty and urges him on. Even if he
looks dirty he still shines a leader...An SYL graduate has
Even if you will take everything, he can start from ashes
and from his course, lay his plans and executes them. Nothing
will beat him for he knows how to make his struggles, failures
an inspiration and success.
the event our paths will not cross for a reason in the future,
I am hopeful that the seed of hope and love we have planted
in each of you will grow...Lead, Excel, Be Grateful...I am
very proud of all you and I love you all. Congratulations!
PURPOSE, MISSION AND GOAL
main mission of Saceda Youth lead is to graduate young men
and women who have
skills, who have learned to consider problems from a leadership
perspective and who have acquired a heightened sense of moral
and social responsibility that their future positions will
demand of them.
Youth Lead’s life purpose is to build leadership through
education and action. It
empowering elementary, high school and college students and
even professionals to become effective citizens by providing
them opportunities in leadership, community and exchange.
most important thing in education is to teach young people
to think for themselves, and Dave G. Saceda believes that
the only way to create change on the Philippine system is
through education of these young people.
from Silliman University in 1996, Dave G. Saceda became a
of the Philippines to ten Asian countries including Japan.
He promoted peace and mutual understanding among the youth.
He established a leadership organization in 1999 and decided
to fully give his time and effort to develop the young people
in his province through Saceda Youth Lead, a Youth Serving
Institution of the Republic of the Philippines under the auspices
of the National Youth Commission.
the First Summer Leadership Camp was held with only 13 students.
Though the number was depressing, SYL moved on courageously.
SYL networked with great army of think tanks to create more
programs for the youth activism.
years now, Saceda Youth Lead builds leadership through education
empowering elementary, high school and college students and
even professionals to become most effective citizens of the
Philippines by providing them opportunities in leadership,
community service and exchange.
School endeavors to achieve the following aims:
(1) Value Formation and Character Development are vital to
the learning of students;
(2) Greater exposure at teh academic level and greater involvement
to trainings, community service and exchange;
(3) Excellent performance in all academic areas with specific
skills development in linguistics, logical and mathematical,
spatial, kinesthetic, music and arts, interpersonal and intrapersonal;
(4) International Exchange during their third year; and
(5) Overall performance will help achieve an ANALYTICAL AND
INTEGRATIVE SKILLS with leadership ethics for their maturity.
will be involved in community outreach activities and leadership
trainings through SYL extensive leadership and empowerment
programs. During the Third year level, students willl undergo
an INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM which will be coordinated
with Saceda Youth Lead International Partners in Singapore,
Japan, USA, Thailand and Brunei.
subject areas include: English, Math, Science, Socia Studies,
Values Education, Technology and Home Economics, PEHM, Filipino,
Computer and Foreign Language.
Examination will be given early next year in all public elementary
schools in Dumaguete. Only the top 200 will be selected to
constitute the pioneering batch of SYL School.
Entrance fee is P500.00 and the Tuition fee is P8,000.00 which
can be paid in easy installment schemes.
for admission for the First year students: Elementary Report
Card, Birth Certificate, Recommendation from School, P500.00
enrolment fee and Entrance Examination.
inquiries please contact:
Mr. Dave G. Saceda, Chair and Founder at (035) 420 0928 /
mobile: 0917 314 2890
Chan Gallano 09089907502
or visit the office at SYL Center, Candau-ay Likod, Dumaguete
Contact: Dave Saceda/ Chan Gallano 09089907502
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IN THE MAKING
By Hyacinth Ann D. Antonio 26
years ago, a young man with the heart and skills of a leader
decided to share with other people, especially the youth,
what he had learned from his experiences.
His aim was to help young develop their own potential. This
was the start of Saceda Youth Lead (SYL).
“For together we stand, divided we fall. Together we
climb to the top of the world. We can be what we want for
the world to see that we are the children of yesterday’s
Every time the SYL conducts its training, it plays this song-
The song speaks of youth as bearers of hope for the nation
and the world. It perfectly matches the organization’s
goal of harnessing the leadership skills of young people and
prepares them for future challenges.
“Your investment in young people spells success,”
said Mr. Dave G. Saceda, the young man who founded the organization.
The founders began endorsing trainings for schools and other
organizations. Now, it is the other way around.
They are being asked to conduct training for student leaders,
even faculty and staff of schools and universities.
Their training programs reflect the immense amount of knowledge,
skills, and learning their people have.
SYL believes that “To win without a struggle is perhaps
winning without honor. If there were nothing to struggle for
there would be nothing to be achieved.”
This really holds true to the real world. If all of the things
that we desire are easily attainable, then we would never
learn the value of hard work, perseverance, and self-confidence.
SYL has been successful in conducting leadership trainings
in different areas in the country and abroad.
It is committed to development through empowering youth primarily
on their roles in nation building.
The organization firmly believes that the youth have within
them the seed of hope from which a spirit of leadership is
Along with that hope is a conviction that one has all the
capabilities to make a difference.
SYL also ensures that before its students are able to lead
other people, first they must first become leaders themselves.
Discipline is never out of the picture.
Last year, SYL opened a high school recognized and endorsed
by the Department of Education. Its campus is situated in
Candau-ay, Dumaguete City, in an environment which unites
home and school.
Bharkis Kasing, one of the first students, thinks that the
location of the school is safe and conducive to good learning.
“We are trained deeply - our values and out interaction
with others. What they are teaching us is not only in academics
but in leadership as well,” Bharkis said.
Another original student Keis Dominic Nodado, recalls an experience
during a recent leadership training in Zamboanga Sibugay.
“The group that we were facilitating thought that we
were college students because of the way we handled the class,”
A new student Mark Key Okuhay said, “The training is
tiring but it gives us satisfaction afterwards.”
Leadership is something that needs time and a lot of experiences
to develop. Leaders are born and not made.
But I guess all of us are born leaders. We just have to develop
that within us in order for us to be effective.
Like Mr. Dave Saceda, let us share to others what we’ve
learned in order to make a difference.
[Hyacinth Anne Ontonio is a Communications Student at Silliman
University, Dumaguete City. The Philippines.]
Article by Kaye Syvel L. Martinez July
Oriental has an internationally recognised organisation that
delivers change to the lives of some of the most deprived
children in the Philippines.
Saceda Youth Lead (SYL), is an organization which gives an
avenue for the youth to think for themselves and to know who
they really are.
It is an organization that has different programs and training
which aims to let the youth of today understand the essence
of true leadership and empowers them to develop and become
Mr. Dave Saceda, the founder of the organization believes
that the investment in the youth spells the success of the
future. He recognizes the role of the youth in nation building.
He believes that the only way to create change in the Philippines
is through education of the young people
Saceda Youth Lead builds leadership through education and
action. For eleven years now, the organization continues to
conduct leadership trainings in different areas in the country
It is committed to youth development through empowering them
primarily on their roles in nation building. Last year, the
organization built their own school situated in Candau-ay,
Dumaguete City. The school aims to produce students with an
excellent performance in all academic areas and a good exposure
to community outreach activities and leadership training.
Bharkis Kasing, one of the students of the pioneering batch,
said that she is very proud to be one of the students. Learning
is not just limited to the four corners of a classroom.
Every year students are sent to other places to assist in
the leadership training of elementary and high school students.
“The power of every individual to pursue greater goals
in life lies solely in his ability to know himself, to know
his inner self, and to know his God,” Mr. Dave Saceda
Knowing what and who we really are the things that we must
realize in life. It is good to know that Saceda Youth Lead
provides us with the opportunity to discover these things
through their programs and trainings.
[Kaye Syvel L.Martinez is a Communications student at Silliman
University , Dumaguete. The Philippines.]