NEXTGEN Youth Leadership

Travel, Live and Learn in the Philippines: NEXTGEN 2018 (Next Generation) Travel Fellowship Program

(left to right): Marc Butiong and Camillo Geaga visiting the monument of Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero in Manila, Philippines (August 2017)

2018 NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship Info

You are invited to apply for the 2018 NEXTGEN: ‘Pagbabalik’ (Coming Home) Travel Scholarship and travel with the Bayanihan Foundation to the Philippines scheduled from August 1 till 11, 2018.   In 2018, the Bayanihan Foundation will sponsor partial travel and accommodations to young adults ages 18 years old and above to visit the Philippines for 10 days. The immersion trip is coordinated to promote diaspora philanthropy; know more about Filipino culture; learn about the foundation’s sustainable projects; connect and develop the participant’s potential sustainable projects; and connect with relatives and the participant’s heritage. The NEXTGEN Travel Program is scheduled for August 1, 2018 to August 11, 2018 and travel to two different islands in the Philippines.  You can download the tentative  NEXTGEN 2018 Travel Schedule and itinerary.  You will have the opportunity to visit with the projects of the foundation in the Philippines. Apply at this LINK.

Travel Scholarship – What’s Covered, What’s Not

The Bayanihan Foundation will provide partial travel scholarship opportunities valued up to $3,000 each (includes international airfare to Manila from Chicago, domestic transportation in the Philippines, meals, lodging, and sightseeing).  Travel scholarships will be awarded based on merit and financial need.  However, all participants are expected to pay for the following: 1) passport and/or visa costs; 2) incidentals; 3) souvenirs; 4) travel vaccinations (please consult your doctor); and 4) travel insurance costs around $300. Students are also encouraged to fundraise individually or with their friends and family to raise $300 to $500 for their own personal service projects in the Philippines. Participants who can pay for the entire travel costs of $3,000 are also encouraged to apply.

Philippine carabao (indigenous water buffalo)

Philippine carabao (indigenous water buffalo)


Besides the chance to receive partial or full travel scholarships, the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship also has some NEXTGEN Requirements and Expectations. Please also read carefully the NEXTGEN Certification Form.

Participants are required to join a two-day trip preparation/ team building weekend prior to the Philippine trip. This two-day prep meeting is scheduled on Saturday July 14 till Sunday July 15, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

Participants are also required to attend the NEXTGEN Report Back on Sunday, September 10, 2018 in Chicago and the Bayanihan Foundation fundraiser on Sunday, October 21, 2018 also scheduled in Chicago, IL. Stay tuned for more details.

Participants are encouraged to join the Community Power Giving Circle. Participants are encouraged to fundraise $300 to $1,000. Fundraising best practices will be shared. The funds will be used for self-directed service and philanthropic projects in the US and in the Philippines and promote diaspora philanthropy.

Participants are also encouraged to visit family and friends before or after the scheduled Philippine itinerary.


So how do you apply for the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship?  You can easily apply by completing these four easy steps:

1) Complete the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship Application ONLINE.   Applications will only be accepted online.

2) Send one completed recommendation letter (email or mail: 2020 N. California Ave. Suite 7 Box 147 Chicago, IL 60647).   Download here NEXTGEN Notarized Release Form.

You can also download the NEXTGEN brochure at this link: 2018 NEXTGEN BROCHURE

Filipinx X-Plore Our History Workshops

Besides traveling to the Philippines, the Bayanihan Foundation is partnering with the Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI), a Chicago based community based organization, the Bayanihan Foundation in launching a series of “Filipinx X-Plore Our History Workshops” to get access to Filipino culture and promote NEXTGEN Travel to the Philippines.  The history workshops will be posted online soon. Stay tuned!

The curriculum for the history workshops were put together by the following volunteers: Cecily Hensler of University of Illinois at Chicago; Maria Ferrera of DePaul University; Dale Asis & Jeselle Santiago of Loyola University Chicago; and Eugene Asidao of Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI).

2015 NEXTGEN Fellow Jeselle Santiago joining a workshop at Adamson University in Manila (July 2015)

2015 NEXTGEN Fellow Jeselle Santiago joining a workshop at Adamson University in Manila (July 2015)





Young Filipino Americans NEXTGEN Alumni

Fellows of 2015

Jane Baron

Jane Baron, Loyola University Chicago 2016

Jane Baron, Loyola University Chicago 2016

Jane Baron immigrated to the US when she was nine years old. She recently obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. During her four years at Loyola, she was involved in Kapwa, a Filipino student organization on campus and became President of Kapwa in the 2014-2015 academic school year. She was also a Women of Color Scholar and a Social Justice Research Fellow at Loyola. Outside of school, she was an Impact Fellow and Kinetic Instructor at Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Chicago.

Marc Butiong

Marc Butiong, University of Illinois at Chicago 2016

Marc Butiong, University of Illinois at Chicago 2016

Marc Butiong is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Finance. He served as a student leader for multiple organizations on campus and will apply the same dedication as a bridge-builder for the Bayanihan Foundation. This will be his first trip to the Philippines and first opportunity to experience the homeland through diaspora philanthropy. He will begin his professional career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in July 2015.

Jeselle Santiago

Jeselle Santiago, University of illinois Chicago 2017

Jeselle Santiago, University of Illinois at Chicago 2016

Jeselle is a college graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Asian American Studies. She has a heart for helping others and hopes to make a positive impact in the mental health field. She was born in Manila, Philippines then raised in America—and she embraces her truly Filipino American identity. With the generosity of the Bayanihan foundation, she will finally have the opportunity to explore this identity further.

Fellows of 2017

Marc Butiong celebrating his birthday (November 2017)

Marc Butiong

In 2017, Marc Butiong returned to the Philippines and spearheaded the revival of the NEXTGEN Fellowship by helping organize, fundraise, and coördinate the travel learning program. His enthusiasm and support has been invaluable to the foundation.

2017 NEXTGEN Fellow Camillo Geaga sharing his thoughts about his trip to the Philippines






Camillo Geaga

Camillo Geaga was born in Northern California. He is enrolled at the Los Angeles Community College and is planning to continue his education in holistic and public health.  Camillo comes from a family of Filipino American community leaders in California. He is interested in community and holistic healing practices and is keen in learning more about his Filipino roots and identity. The 2017 NEXTGEN trip gave him a valuable and enriching experience of a lifetime.