What is ChildHope Philippines’ Street Youth Empowerment Program (SYEP)

ChildHope Philippines’ Street Youth Empowerment Program (SYEP), now rebranded as Project Bamboo, is a source of hope for street children and young people residing in urban poor areas of Metro Manila. It’s designed as a comprehensive project offering education, health services, livelihood programs, and protection to uplift these vulnerable groups from poverty. By equipping them with alternative education, vocational, and technical skills, the program paves the way for improved employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, thereby fostering their journey towards self-sufficiency and economic independence.

Targeted primarily at Filipino street children and youth lacking access to basic education and healthcare, SYEP under Project Bamboo, in partnership with organizations like the Asian Community Center (ACC21), has been instrumental in certifying participants in various fields, including Food and Beverage and Barista courses. These are complemented by livelihood fairs, where participants can showcase and sell their products, ranging from food items to hand sanitizers and T-shirts. With its aligned mission with the Philippine government’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Project Bamboo embodies a holistic approach to empowering street kids, enabling them to break free from the cycle of poverty and vulnerability. Through educational advancements, health service provisions, and the fostering of economic independence, SYEP is a testament to the power of collective effort in shaping a brighter future for the marginalized young people of Metro Manila.

Credits: Childhope Philippines website

Understanding the SYEP

At its core, SYEP is more than just a program; it’s a lifeline for street children and young people living in urban poor areas. By offering a comprehensive blend of education, health, livelihood, and protection, SYEP aims to uplift these young individuals from the cycle of poverty and vulnerability.

Significance of the Program

ChildHope Philippines’ Project Bamboo, formerly known as the Street Youth Empowerment Program, is a community-based program focused in Metro Manila that provides street children with alternative education, vocational, and technical skills training aimed at improving their employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. This program, in collaboration with the Asian Community Center (ACC21), has enabled underprivileged young people to become certified in fields such as Food and Beverage and Barista, thereby facilitating their entry into the workforce. Project Bamboo’s comprehensive approach includes livelihood fairs where participants can showcase their newly acquired skills by selling products like food items, T-shirts, and hand sanitizers. These efforts underscore Project Bamboo’s alignment with the Philippine government’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) mission, demonstrating the essential role of such programs in empowering street children to escape poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.

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Credits: Childhope Philippines / Facebook

Legal Basis

While ChildHope Philippines operates independently as a non-governmental organization, its programs like SYEP align with national efforts, such as those by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to combat poverty and support marginalized sectors.

Benefits of SYEP

  • Education: Offers alternative learning systems and skills training to enhance employability and self-reliance.
  • Health Services: Provides essential health and medical services to ensure the well-being of street children.
  • Livelihood Programs: Facilitates income-generating activities to foster economic independence.

Eligibility / Qualifications

Street children and young people residing in urban poor areas of Metro Manila who lack access to basic education and healthcare services are the primary beneficiaries of SYEP.


To participate in SYEP, individuals must be:

  • Identified as street children or youth.
  • Residing in or frequenting the targeted areas.
  • Willing to engage in the program activities.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from SYEP

  1. Identification: Outreach teams locate and identify eligible street youth.
  2. Engagement: Initial contact is made, building trust and rapport with the children.
  3. Enrollment: Interested individuals are registered for the appropriate components of SYEP.
  4. Participation: Enrolled youth take part in educational sessions, skills training, and health services.
  5. Empowerment: Through continuous support, participants are empowered to pursue a better future.

Recent Updates

Transforming Learning Through Rap: BBDO Guerrero and Childhope Philippines Unveil Engaging ‘Singing Lessons’ for Street Youth

Childhope Philippines, in collaboration with BBDO Guerrero, has introduced “Singing Lessons” as part of their “KalyEskwela” program. These rhythm-infused rap songs serve as engaging educational tools for out-of-school youth, allowing them to retain their learnings more efficiently. With the help of songwriter Migs Saludes, Childhope has expanded its library of songs, covering topics such as the introduction and history of the Philippines’ National Heroes and children’s fundamental rights. (Campaign Brief Asia)

SupportNinja PH Empowers Marginalized Youth Through Livelihood Program

SupportNinja PH has partnered with Project Bamboo to empower out-of-school youth through a commendable livelihood program. By providing vocational training and a livelihood starter kit focused on dishwashing liquid production, SupportNinja PH is equipping marginalized young people with the skills and knowledge needed for sustainable income-generating activities. This move  demonstrates SupportNinja PH’s commitment to community development and uplifting the lives of marginalized youth in the metro.

Financial Literacy Session Empowers Street Youth to Manage and Save Money

Fifteen street children-participants of Project Bamboo (Youth Empowerment Project) recently attended a one-day Financial Literacy session at Museo Pambata, Manila City. The session, facilitated by Ms. Noemi Sineneng, RSW, aimed to teach these young people, aged 17 to 21, the importance of saving money and developing financial discipline. This not only equips them with essential skills for future self-sufficiency but also enhances their self-esteem, relationships, and overall well-being as they transition into adulthood.

Successful Technical-Vocational Skills Training Empowers Street Youth

In March 2022, the Childhope office organized a two-day technical-vocational skills training as part of the Street Youth Empowerment Project (SYEP). Street youth participants in the Food and Beverage course were taught basic napkin folding and table skirting by an external trainer from TESDA-Manila. This training aimed to equip these young people with valuable skills for their future endeavors.


Video: Program Orientation | Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc.

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The Street Youth Empowerment Program by ChildHope Philippines embodies the collective aspiration for a society where every child is given the chance to thrive. By addressing the multifaceted needs of homeless children, SYEP not only equips them with the skills and knowledge to break free from the shackles of poverty but also instills hope for a brighter tomorrow. It’s a reminder that in the heart of every challenge lies an opportunity for change and growth. Let us support and be part of this noble cause, for in doing so, we light the path for the leaders and changemakers of the future.

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