Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan”, ika nga ng ating pambansang bayani na si gat Jose Rizal. Ngunit pansin naman sa henerasyon natin ngayon ang paghatak ng maling landas ng karamihan sa kabataan. Mayroong nalululong sa illegal na droga, nagiging batang ina at ama, pumapasok sa prostitusyon, nakikibahagi sa mga gang, at “drop-out” sa paaralan. Madalas na binabanggit nating dahilan ang kahirapan, kulang sa pagkalinga ng magulang, mga taong nakapaligid, at mga kaibigang pinipili. Ngunit kung titingnan natin ang bawat anggulo ng mga problema na dinaranas ng mga kabataan, one of the main factors that leads to these threats are the decisions that we, youths, make. We take responsibility of our own actions. Our family are the one who guide us - who teach us right from our home. Ika nga ang tahanan ang unang paaralan. Our teachers give us enough knowledge objectively. The community we live in helps us to socially develop as human being. We always have an option whether to pursue the right path or not. It is our choice to what kind of life we want to live in. One choice can change our life forever. We differ in race, we may differ in culture, we may differ in principles, and we may differ in religion. Yet, we all have one goal and that is to have a clean and green environment, where people will care too much to our Mother Earth; a progressing economic, where people utilize the resources given by God, and unemployment rate that decreases the of quality education and equal treatment to all youth regardless of their life’s status; free free medicine and more health benefits; a unified community where people that were once separated by different beliefs and culture will treat each other like brothers and sisters. We can never achieve these things if we will just sit and watch. We need not to be in a position to lead a community. We just have to act. Never shall we give up for a well developed and unified community. Remember that we don’t measure failure by not meeting the set goals and objectives. The true failure is when we stop trying. “THINK GLOBALLY, BUT ACT LOCALLY AND START NOW”. The piece written above was the product of the 3-days first Cotabato Youth Camp (May 29 - 31) which was made possible through the collaborative efforts and support of the City Government of Cotabato, ENGAGE of USAID, Mindanao Health (NGO), 5th SFBn and 6CMOBn. .