2023 Pioneer Cohort

Alumni Leads

Jaereyn Millare JavierAlumni Lead

Jaereyn Millare Javier is a student, performer, and musician from Boston, Massachusetts.

More commonly known as Jae, Jaereyn is a freshman at Worcester Polytechnic Institute studying Aerospace Engineering, with a concentration in Astronautical Engineering. He hopes to pursue a career in spacecraft research and development. On campus, Jae is the Membership Chair of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, and the Freshman Representative of the Filipino Student Association. In April, he received awards for “Diversity Program of the Year” for the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, and “Cultural Program of the Year” for the Filipino Student Association. Jae is also the founder of the FSA Dance Company, a performance committee of the Filipino Student Association, which showcases cultural dances from the Philippines. Beyond executive positions, Jae is a member of the High Powered Rocketry Club.

Jae’s Filipino heritage has been central to his identity since his youth. His family has been involved with Iskwelahang Pilipino School of Boston, the longest continuously-running Filipino cultural school in the United States even before he was born, and he was enrolled in classes from the age of 6. As a member of the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla Ensemble, in 2018, Jae toured Canada, performing traditional Filipino folk music and serving as cultural outreach and among the youngest ever members of the Rondalla to go on an international tour.

Jae was chosen as a member of the Filipino Youth Global Leadership Program Pioneer Cohort, where he would build an even deeper connection with his own Pinoy identity. The unforgettable experiences and strong bonds he’s made through the trip has inspired him to continue his involvement with the program, serving as a 2024 Alumni Lead for the upcoming cohort. By working with Philippine Living Heritage, he hopes that others are able to appreciate this unique and transformative experience in the same way that he has.

Monique Apostol Alumni Lead

Monique is a student and community advocate from Long Beach, California.

She is a first year at the University of California, San Diego studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience on the pre-medicine track. Her interests center on the formation and maintenance of memories, and hopes to work in the healthcare field to assist underserved populations in the U.S. and the Philippines. On top of her studies, she is an intern for Kaibigang Pilipino (UCSD’s Filipino club), a board member for the Health Summit Committee of the UCSD Pilipino Undergraduate Society for Health, and is a member of the Intramural Co-ed Basketball Team. She also works as a certified nurse assistant in the city of La Jolla.

Monique’s passion for connecting to her culture began at a young age. For 4 years, she was a part of the local Filipino cultural school and partook in language, dance, and history classes focused on Filipino heritage. After returning to in-person learning, she revitalized her high school’s Filipino club and helped foster a welcoming environment for Filipino students. While president, she taught traditional dances like Tinikling and Binasuan, promoted small Filipino businesses to the public, and organized service and social events with nearby high schools and community centers.

In Summer 2023, Monique was selected as a cohort member for the Philippine Living Heritage Initiative. In joining the program’s team as an Alumni Leader, she hopes to offer the next group of student leaders a life-changing journey similar to what she had experienced during her trip, and hopes to continue encouraging the youth to connect with their roots.

Apply for 2024

Are you a rising high school Sophomore, Junior, or Senior across the global diaspora of Filipino descent? Have you demonstrated leadership potential, and have a desire to actively engage in Filipino communities?

  • 2024 Application Timeline: Open from October 15, 2023 through January 15, 2024
    • Early Admission Deadline: December 15
    • Regular Admission Deadline: January 15
  • Admissions decisions will be sent out by mid Feb latest
  • View recording of past info session to learn more.
  • There will be some changes in locations and minor program details but these should provide you with the most basic information about the program