NAVIGATION: Program for Young Men


NAVIGATION is a FREE 6-month arts-based program for young Filipino men (ages 17-24 years) to start a dialogue with each other, hone their creativity, define their identity, explore their community, and tell their stories on their terms. NAVIGATION provides mentorship from professionals within the community and access to professional tools.Use of equipment and facilities including art studios, still cameras, video cameras, computers (Mac platform), and necessary art supplies will be provided for FREE.

Program Components

NAVIGATION is an open-learning program that encourages the exploration of Filipino identity, culture, and history, intertwined with hands-on, technical and conceptual training in the following:

  • music / music production
  • photography
  • film / video / broadcast media
  • theatre and performing arts
  • communication design (print and web)
  • creative writing
  • entrepreneurship / business of art practice
  • fashion design
  • retail / business management
  • visual arts

Workshops are designed to explore the self in relation to family, peers, community, nation and finally, homeland.

Workshops will explore topics including but not limited to identity, culture, oppression, race, and each individual's roles in society. The goals of NAVIGATION are to inspire critical thinking, promote self-confidence and empowerment, and provide the opportunity for participants to create their own space to learn and grow in their own way.

NAVIGATION aims to link participants with practicing artists, artisans, arts and media professionals for internships, one-on-one mentorship, and possible collaboration. Participants will be encouraged to develop a dynamic portfolio of work, which will be showcased in a public exhibit. Participants will be guided to take the lead in coordinating and organizing exhibits and events related to the program.

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council.


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For questions and more information about NAV, please feel free to contact us–we will be more than happy to answer your questions:

KAPISANAN Programs Manager:
Joyce Vögler at


Kapisanan is seeking a NAV Vol. 4 Program Coordinator! Click here for the job description and more information on how to apply.

A summary from a report that looks at why many Filipino youth in Ontario are not completing university recently submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities:

Mentoring and role models are an important part of the picture for Filipino youth. Young people need to hear about leaders in their community to be given opportunities to learn about diverse careers. This is especially true for Filipino boys. This report recommends support for Filipino community organizations to develop mentoring, leadership, networking and internship programs[...]
— Dr. Philip Kelly, Lower Expectations, Lack of Role Models may affect Post-Secondary Success of Filipino Youth, YFile, May 2014

Help enrich the professional development of Filipino male youth!

A contribution of $75 to the NAV Program allows a youth participant one hour of one-on-one mentorship with a relatable professional in the creative industry of their choice.

Kapisanan is a safe, positive space which integrates an anti-oppression framework for young Filipinos to express their voices, exchange ideas and explore their roots together as an empowered community.

Kapisanan Philippine Centre is a registered Canadian charity: 88838 7404 RR0001