NEXTGEN Youth Leadership

EXPLORE, Travel, and Learn in the Philippines:

2020 NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship Program

Bayanihan Foundation donates 500 books to Giporlos Central Elementary School (July 2019)

2020 NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship Info

You are invited to apply for the 2020 NEXTGEN: ‘Pagbabalik’ (Coming Home) Travel Scholarship and travel with the Bayanihan Foundation to the Philippines scheduled from June 20 – July 4, 2020 (subject to change).   In 2020, the Bayanihan Foundation will sponsor partial travel and accommodations to young adults ages 18 years old and above to visit the Philippines for 14 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 June 20, 2020 to July 4, 2020 (travel) and travel to three different towns in the Philippines including Manila, Tueguegarao, Cagayan, and Biabas, Bohol. You will have the opportunity to visit with the Bayanihan Foundation projects in the Philippines. You will also have the opportunity to participate in at least two service projects. You can download the draft  NEXTGEN 2020 Travel Schedule and itinerary.  Apply at this LINK. Apply no later than Friday, February 14, 2020 – 12 midnight (Pacific Time).

What’s new for the 2020 NEXTGEN Program

Ate/ Kuya (Elder Sibling/ Elder Sister/ Elder Brother) Buddy System. All 2019 NEXTGEN Fellows (Richelle Caday, Camillo Geaga, and Jacob Olaguir) plan to join the trip and will serve as guides and mentors for the newer participants. The ‘Ate/Kuya’ buddy system is integral part to the Filipino culture more than just birth order; it is a responsiblity to help and guide younger siblings. The 2019 NEXTGEN cohort have also guided the design of the 2020 itinerary and have redirected the philanthropic, giving projects to their parent’s hometowns in Tuguegarao, Cagayan and Biabas, Bohol respectively.

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

Participants who can pay for the entire travel costs of $3,000 are encouraged to apply. The Bayanihan Foundation will provide partial travel scholarship opportunities valued up to $1,600 each (includes international airfare to Manila from Los Angeles or Chicago, domestic transportation in the Philippines, meals, lodging, and sightseeing). Travel scholarships will be awarded based on merit and financial need. Participants are expected to pay on their own 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 and contribute to the Community Power Giving Circle.

Philippine carabao (indigenous water buffalo)

Philippine carabao (indigenous water buffalo)

Five Expectations

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

1. Join two-day preparation weekend in LA. 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 June 6 till Sunday June 7, 2020 (tentative) in Los Angeles, CA. Travel, food & accommodations will be provided to out-of-town NEXTGEN participants.

2. Report back October 4, 2020. Participants are required to attend the NEXTGEN Report Back at a Bayanihan Foundation 10th year fundraiser on Sunday, October 4, 2020 (location to be confirmed) or schedule a local report back of their trip.

3. Contribute to the Community Power Giving Circle. Participants are required to contribute to the Community Power Giving Circle. Participants are encouraged to fundraise any significant amount they can. 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.

4. Learn about Filipinx X-Plore Our History Workshops. Read links online. Besides traveling to the Philippines, you are also required to learn about Philippine history before travel. The Filipinx X-Plore Our History Workshops can be access online at this LINK. Special thanks to the volunteers who put the curriculum together: Cecily Hensler of University of Illinois at Chicago; Maria Ferrera of DePaul University; Jeselle Santiago of Loyola University Chicago; and Eugene Asidao of Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI).

5. Travel to visit relatives. 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. Apply no later than Friday, February 14, 2020 – 12 midnight (Pacific Time).

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: NEXTGEN BROCHURE


Young Filipino Americans NEXTGEN Alumni

Fellows of 2019

Richelle Caday

Richelle Caday, University of Southern California (USC)

Camillo Geaga

Camillo Geaga proudly holds up his Associates Degree diploma from Los Angeles City Colleges (November 2018)

Jacob Olaguir

Jacob Olaguir, University of New Mexico (UNM)

Fellow of 2017 and 2018

Camillo Geaga proudly holds up his Associates Degree diploma from Los Angeles City Colleges (November 2018)

Camillo Geaga

Camillo Geaga was born in Northern California. He recently graduated at the Los Angeles Community College and is planning to continue his education in holistic and public health at California State University Northridge (CSUN).  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 and 2018 NEXTGEN trip gave him a valuable and enriching experience of a lifetime.

Fellows of 2017

Marc Butiong celebrating his birthday (November 2017)

Marc Butiong

In 2015 and 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.

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.

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.