JGF’s Project ACE Scholarships Helps Youth Secure a Brighter Future
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) has always believed in the powerof the youth to transform, make positive changes, and contribute to a better society. In 2004, Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) launched Project ACE (Improving Access, Curriculum, and Employability) Scholarships to provide underprivileged but deserving youth with access to quality education.
JGF has partnered with Don Bosco technical-vocational schools and different academic institutions across the country including Don Bosco centers in Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila), Canlubang (Laguna), San Jose City (Nueva Ecija), Legazpi City (Albay), Cebu City and Mati City (Davao Oriental). JGF works closely with its partner schools to ensure scholars gain the necessary skills and training that will prepare them for the workplace.
Last October and November, 114 Don Bosco scholars graduated from technical skills training, increasing the number of graduate scholars from these schools to 310. To date, Project ACE has also helped 178 scholars obtain their college degrees.
Project ACE graduate scholars from Don Bosco Canlubang pose for a group photo. A total of 114 scholars graduated from four JGF partner Don Bosco centers from October to November 2017.
A Grateful Scholar
Monique Velasco, 24, is now an Assistant Restaurant Manager in Jollibee. The former ACE scholar from Legazpi City is grateful for the program that helped her access college education and exposed her to support programs that ensured employability.
“My college studies would not have been possible without ACE. It was truly a blessing for me and my family. It helped me finish college and developed me to reach my full potential,”she said.
Unique to the ACE scholarship is the on-the-job training provided by JFC during their third and fourth years in college. This is where the values of hard work and dedication are further inculcated to help reach their fullest potential.
Monique is motivated to reach another achievement as she aims to get promoted as a Restaurant Manager within the next two to three years. She is proof that nothing is impossible with hard work and dedication.
Project ACE alumna and Jollibee Assistant Restaurant Manager Monique Velasco credits the scholarship program for helping her complete her tertiary education and gaining work experience that helped ensure her employment.
JGF has also partnered with the Human Resource Department of Jollibee, Chowking, and Greenwich to provide workshops and on-the-job training to ACE scholars pursuing the food service and restaurant management track. This ensures that the graduates are ready to take on roles in the workplace upon graduation.
“In the coming months, we are looking into Agriculture and Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Management – related courses. We hope that with these plans, we will be able to add more femalescholars and add more facilities like food laboratories that the scholars can use,” said Ms. Laize-Ar Cruzat, Program Manager of Project ACE.
Graduate scholars Simeon Labrador (left) and Carlos Golosinda (right) pose with their proud parents after the graduation ceremonies.