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Inspiring young leaders locally and globally

Through its support, MetLife Foundation empowers youth to pursue their dreams.

MetLife Foundation's commitment to financial inclusion empowering people around the world to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.

For example, the Foundation's support of nonprofit organizations like the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is helping enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.

The story of Angeli Monique Siladan of the Philippines illustrates the powerful impact MetLife Foundation's advocacy is having on the lives of people globally.

Siladan has been a member of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines for the past 14 years, and the experience has provided her with invaluable skills that she puts to use every day in everything she does. What she's learned has helped her make a difference locally and abroad.

Her commitment to her community was motivated by an invitation from her Guide Leader to participate in the Chief Girl Scout Medal Scheme, which recognizes Chief Girl Scouts for their distinguished leadership and vital contributions to national development.

For her project, she chose to help tackle the issue of Dengue Fever in a nearby community and, as part of a team, enabled access to alternative medicine for over 200 families. "In the end, the Medal was no longer my motivation and goal," says Siladan. "Helping the families and seeing the looks on their faces became my main source of inspiration."

In college, Siladan continued to pursue leadership opportunities, becoming involved in the school's student government, the local government's youth council, the UNFPA Philippines Youth Advisory Panel and her local Girls Scout council board.

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Earlier this year, Siladan served as a youth delegate at the World Conference of Youth in Sri Lanka, which creates an inclusive platform for youth that enables them to review the progress of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) established by the United Nation's Millennium Summit in 2000.

She was chosen to represent one of the conference's themes - Promoting Healthy Lives and Access to Healthcare – through its ‘Be the Face' competition, and in addition worked with other delegates to develop an app, Stampede, which provides employment opportunities to young people, especially those in rural areas.

"All of my accomplishments would never have been possible without the Guiding and Scouting Movement," adds Siladan. "The Movement gave me the self-esteem, management and leadership skills to achieve my goals."

 
 
 
 
 

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