In response to the challenges posed to youth leaders, the finalists of both the national and regional searches of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) have converged as a community - The Outstanding Students of the Philippines - Alumni Community (TOSP-AC).
Youth Participation in Nation building.
To establish role models that will galvanize the youth into action and help bring about total human development in the nation, promote the common good, and develop and share our talents, skills, values as main avenues for nation-building, learning, leading and serving for life.
The community is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the Annual Formation Process that finalists of TOSP undergo.
It is also active in serving the nation, especially the youth sector, through training, facilitation, and coordication services. The TOSP Alumni Community has, in the past year, partnered with different organizations and institutions to create venues for youth leaders to learn and deeper their appreciation for leadership and nation-building, and to be motivated to contribute to national development.
Unity in diversity and collective effort towards nation-building guide the TOSP Alumni Community in its mission of instilling in all its members the commitment to learning, leading and serving for life.
A century ago, the great Jose Rizal called upon the youth asking, “Where are the youth who will dedicate their innocence, their idealism, their enthusiasm to the good of the country?”
Almost half a century ago, social entrepreneur Jose Concepcion Jr. founded a search program that celebrates, affirms, and inspires the burgeoning idealism of the youth in excellence, leadership, and social responsibility. Over the years, the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines has produced a laboratory of leaders who have landscaped the Philippine academe, business, church, and civil society.
Years ago, in response to the challenges posed to youth leaders, finalists of both national and regional searches of TOSP have converged as a community. The Outstanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community was born to continuously serve as role models who will galvanize the fellow youth into action and help bring about total human development in the nation, promote the common good, and develop, and share their talents, skills, and values as main avenues for nation building.
As it started with the primary responsibility of developing and implementing the Annual Formation Program of TOSP finalists, the Community has become a service institution that serves the nation, especially the youth sector. Through training, facilitation and coordination services, the Community partners with organizations and institutions to create more venues for youth leaders to learn and deepen their appreciation for leadership and bolster their aspirations of the Filipino Youth in different parts of the country and of the world.
Acknowledging the vast distribution of Filipino youth, the Community has grown Regional Chapters that are committed to bring closer the science of nation building that TOSP advocates to their respective regions. The Community and its Regional Chapters have consequently become a school of young patriots, who have drawn moral courage from history and experiences and converted their innate assets into productive actions. The concept of regional chapters was benchmarked by TOSP-CAR, popularly known as the OSCARS (The Outstanding Students of the Cordillera Administrative Region). At present, Regions II, III, IV-A, V, VI, VII, and NCR have initiated successful youth program through their regional alumni communities.
Today, following the footsteps of Rizal and his generation, the TOSP – Alumni Community continues to live out the TOSP pillars of excellence in the chosen profession, grounded leadership and social development. The Community is driven to learn, lead, and serve for life.
With much hope for the future, the TOSP – Alumni Community continues to be a potent force, promoting the concept of “youth for the, by the, and with the – youth.” They constantly challenge the youth that today is the perfect time to make use of the challenges and opportunities of nation building and show the world the greatness of the young Filipino spirit.