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Thank you to our youth

PEMSEA values the role and importance of youth participation and engagement in fostering healthy and resilient coasts and oceans. One of the programs we offer are internships to select college graduates and early career professionals interested in ‘hands-on’ research and ‘on the job training’ from all over the world.

These youth are able to assist across PEMSEA activities, including in our youth program. They provided core support for the inaugural EAS Futures Youth Photo and Video Competition.  This provided a platform for later iterations of the event, as well as to other youth engagement activities such as potential youth innovation grants. 

At the first ever virtual East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2021, we are grateful for the inputs and hard work of four interns who did some research on various coastal and marine issues, helped organized various e-collabs  and creatively designed and marketed the Congress and PEMSEA.

 

 

Isabelle Acosta:  Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies, De La Salle University–Manila, 2021

As a Congress intern, she:

  • Assisted in liaison work with our media focal points
  • Provided advice in refining the marketing and communications plan and circulated marketing materials through our online channels
  • Monitored press release pick-ups and provided regular media analytics reports
  • Provided admin, IT, and documentation assistance in the conduct of events

This aside, she also provided technical assistance in PEMSEA projects. Before PEMSEA, she interned at the Philippine Italian Association working on their communications and events and previously as a secretariat staff at International Youth United and as an associate for organizational research at her university’s Council of Student Organizations.

 

Xin Kin Lim, or “Gretta”:  Bachelor of Applied Science degree, major in Marine Environment,  University of Tasmania, 2018.

As a Congress intern, she:

  • Provided research assistance for the development of the Regional State of Ocean and Coasts – Supplemental Report
  • Drafted the monthly PEMSEA online bulletins
  • Helped refine the marketing and communications plan
  • Translated press releases into Mandarin and coordinated with China-based media outlets
  • Provided admin, IT, marketing, and documentation assistance in the conduct of events

Before PEMSEA, she was engaged in environmental management related work with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Tamar Island Wetlands Centre, and Conservation Volunteer Australia.

She is currently in Belgium taking her International Master of Science degree in Marine Biological Resources at Ghent University under Erasmus Mundus funding.

 

Antonia Maceda:  Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Ateneo de Manila University, 2021.

As a Congress intern, she:

  • Helped refine the marketing and communications plan
  • Drafted marketing spiels and circulated the collaterals in different platforms
  • Provided regular media analytics reports
  • Provided admin, IT, and documentation assistance in the conduct of events

She also provided technical and administrative assistance in the conduct of the EAS Futures Youth Competition and other PEMSEA-related work.

While working with PEMSEA, she also held posts at Seven A.D. and the Ateneo Collegiate Society of Advertising. Prior to joining us, she worked with Ateneo Association of Communication Majors and Loyola Film Circle.

 

Jan Angelo Valdez:  Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Ateneo de Manila University 2020.

As a Congress intern, he:

  • Helped refine the marketing and communications plan
  • Drafted collaterals and visual bumpers for events
  • Helped layout select documents
  • Provided admin, IT, and documentation assistance in the conduct of events.

Prior to PEMSEA, he worked with Ateneo Collegiate Society of Advertising, Strategic Works, Inc., and Ateneo Association of Communication Majors.

 

Thank you Isa, Gretta, Toni and Jan!