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More than twenty Filipino youth pose on a beachside pier, holding their hands to their foreheads like sharkfins
Source: Save Philippine Seas

Millennial leaders driving positive change–in schools, at sea

This article originally appeared on Philippine Daily Inquirer

In a country where education and environmental challenges loom large, two millennial leaders are making a mark: Jaton Zulueta, who started his education advocacy teaching street kids at Manila South Cemetery, and Anna Oposa, a “mermaid” at heart who aims to turn every Filipino into a “sea-tizen.”

Both have dedicated their lives to creating sustainable solutions to the ills of society. Zulueta, 38, founder of AHA! Learning Center, addresses education inequity while 35-year-old Oposa, cofounder of Save Philippine Seas (SPS), fights for marine conservation.

The two have been selected to join Ashoka’s dynamic global community of social entrepreneurs dedicated to creating positive change across various fields. Ashoka describes its fellows, numbering more than 3,500 across 93 countries to date, as those who “champion new ideas that transform society’s systems—providing benefits for everyone and improving the lives of millions of people.” They are deemed as the “ultimate role models in today’s world.”

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