GK Child & Youth Development nurtures and develops the young through an age-specific, values-based program that helps them reach their fullest potential. Many poor children are unable to attend school and enjoy studying because they have to scavenge for food or work very early in life to help their families. Education should be available to all, and we envision all the children and youth in our GK communities to live with dignity and be empowered to become heroes for God and country. This is done through three sub-programs:
GK SIBOL (sibol meaning “to grow”) serves children ages 3 to 6 years old. It is a community-based pre-school program that envisions each child to be imbued with positive Filipino values and to be academically prepared for formal schooling.
GK SAGIP (sagip meaning “to save”) is an acronym for Sagipin Ang Galing Isip at Pangarap ng mga Kabataan (save the talents, minds & dreams of the youth). It seeks to nurture the newfound hope of GK youth aged 7 to 13 through weekly values formation activities that promote love for God, country, family & fellowmen.
GK SIGA (siga meaning “to give light”) seeks to empower the youth in GK communities aged 14 to 21 years old. Through weekly barkadahan (group of friends) sessions, the youth are provided with opportunities to hone their skills and talents that will make them patriotic and productive citizens of society.
The GK Child & Youth Development (CYD) program also helps the youth by various values formation activities, technical & academic skills trainings, arts & crafts, and sports. GK SipaG (sipag meaning “diligence”) is a special project under GK CYD that seeks to develop underprivileged children through football/soccer.