Projects & Portfolio Block or P-Block (December 6, 2021 to April 9, 2022)
A mix of classes, mentoring sessions, and allotted times for brainstorming, collaborations, and working on specific projects.

Where will this take place?
Launchpad’s Slack Workspace, Gather Town, Google Meet, and Zoom

Who can join?
Young people, ages 17-22 who would like to be part of an interest-led learning community. We welcome homeschoolers, unschoolers, and those who are taking a break or gap year, especially during this global pandemic.

How does the Launchpad self-directed learning program work?
Launchpad is a one year program. Young people get to choose and join the classes they’d like to be part of based on their interests and career goals. They have the freedom to design their personal schedule around the classes they’ve chosen, so they’d also have time to collaborate with others and work on their passion projects and homeschool requirements (if they have a homeschool provider). When they join our classes they won’t be graded. The motivation to be part of a class is purely to learn and not to earn grades.

Each member is also paired up with a staff mentor for one-on-one sessions where they get to talk about how their classes and activities are going, what keeps them busy, what projects they’re working on, whatever direction they wish to take, and more.

What are the classes for the core block?

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule. Check regularly for updates.

What are the fees?

Standard: Be part of the Launchpad community while pursuing other educational options or activities.

Plus: Have more time for mentoring, learning, and collaborations as well as some opportunities to meet experts in the industry of your choice. If the member is 18 and below, they may also choose 2-3 classes from Abot Tala High as part of the program.

Premium: Maximize the program and the Masterclass sessions as well as gain more opportunities to connect with industry experts. If the member is 18 and below, they may also choose 4-5 classes from Abot Tala High as part of the program.

Please note that all of the programs include the following as well:

  • Mentor-led events, classes, and clubs (Saturday Social, TITAym, Improv Club, etc)
  • Regular Abot Tala events (online social events, pop-up classes, clubs)
  • Access to all of our online learning resources

How does the membership process go?

  1. Once you’re ready to sign-up, fill up our sign-up form HERE.
  2. Expect an email to confirm your registration.
  3. Attend a family meeting (for new members only).
  4. An invitation to our Slack workspace will be sent to you so that you can start to get to know the community through the non-class channels.
  5. Expect your invoice and our bank details via email.
  6. Once payment has been made (via online transfer or Paypal), please email us a copy of your proof of payment.
  7. After we’ve received a copy of your proof of payment, we will add you to your class channels on Slack.
  8. If you have any questions or clarifications about the program, you may email us at launchpadsde@gmail.com or call/text 0926 630 4287.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

MONDAYS

Launchpad 101 with various mentors
What exactly is Launchpad? How can I maximize my time here? What resources are available to me? How can I identify my career values and specific goals? You can find the answers to these questions and more at Launchpad 101. This class is a must for all Launchpad members; you have to take it when you start the program.

Street Smart: Grow as you Go with James Camacho
Truly there are many paths to learning and success, in school, business and life in general. We can gain information, design theories, run all our calculations but at the end, we have to go out and walk the wilderness that life has set before us. Understanding and enjoying the valleys and mountains of life is how we can experience growth in all aspects of our life. 

Lessons include:

  • Slow to speak and quick to listen 
  • Low and Humble 
  • Walk with Lions 
  • Be Planted 
  • Writing your vision down 
  • Faithful in small, Faithful in big 
  • Seek, Ask, Knock 

Big challenges are often solved with simple solutions. Learn all this and more in our weekly sessions. 

How to Start a Business — Entrepreneurship 101 with Cindy Wong
Note: (8 sessions only, every other week)

Starting a business? This course is for you! We’ll cover business concepts, business tools, systems, branding, marketing, financing and finally launching your business. 

TUESDAYS

How to Adult (with Money) with Ailene Molina
Adulting, like Mondays, often gets a bad rep as being the bad guy in our daily lives. But what if it’s possible to get some preemptive advice from real life failures so you don’t fall into the crippling cycle of despair around adulting? What if adulting and money are actually tools you can wield to get the best life? 

Creative Art with James Camacho
Note: (8 sessions only, every other week)

This course: Offers instruction in basic art fundamentals as applied to any type of artwork and the creative art concepts; will help students understand their artistic gift to create and channel conceptual thinking; master skills connected to the basic elements of art.

Alternates with

Relationships 102 with James Camacho
Note: (8 sessions only, every other week)

Building a high tower can only be achieved if the foundations are strong and solid. Learn what it really takes to build true and lasting real-ationships, and why it is important to understand yourself and others to achieve success in all aspects of life.

Video Editing Mentor TBA
Note: Software to be used is Adobe Premier Pro

Level up your editing skills and techniques while developing your aesthetic and creative eye. The class is recommended for those who plan to edit for content creators, or for those who want to learn how to edit their own content.

WEDNESDAYS

No classes: Self-Directed Study Day

THURSDAYS

Math Gym with Ericho Fuentes
The Math Gym is an asynchronous learning program. The students will be given a flexible and customized study plan, access to the Math Gym’s learning materials, and weekly consultation sessions to assess their progress. Topics TBA.

Self-Care + Journaling Mentors TBA
Learn more about self-care and how to practice simple yet effective self-care rituals for the first half of the course. During the second half, learn about and practice journaling for creative expression and mental health.

Connecting with Your Creative Voice with Tanya Aritao
We are all creative. As we get older and go through school and other experiences, sometimes our creative voice can drown, weaken, or feel lost.

In this class we will jump into exercises and challenges that spur creativity and self-discovery. The course combines live creative ‘studio’ work with independent exploration beyond the group sessions. 

You will leave this course with a deeper understanding of your creative voice and how to use it to ground and strengthen your work in any industry, “creative” or not. 

(You may choose your primary creative medium and build your portfolio during the course.) 

FRIDAYS

Collaborations and Communication with Joyce Buen and Owie dela Cruz
A class on developing communication and interpersonal skills, collaboration, and teamwork.

TITAym with Owie dela Cruz 
Every other week our teens get to spend time with everyone’s tita (aunt), Tita Owie. Conversations can be about anything the teens want to talk about — life, relationships, teen-life, dreams, community-related topics, and more.

Martial Fitness Mentor TBA

Voice Acting Mentor TBA
Do you want to learn how to do voice acting and dubbing? Then this class is for you! 

SATURDAYS

Saturday Social with everyone
The only hour in the week where all the members are in one place! During this time we share community updates and  address questions about the program, classes, and upcoming events. This is also when we consult with each other regarding community decisions. We also have activities, both mentor and member-led, to help us get to know each other more. The Saturday Social is open to all block 2 members of Launchpad and attendance is highly encouraged.

Get it done! Project Management 101 with Hanna Guison Fernandez
Note: (8 sessions only, class is every other week)

Launching your own YouTube channel? Applying for jobs? Planning a party? What do all these have in common? For all of these to go smoothly, proper planning and resource management are required. Working on seemingly regular “tasks” actually requires proper project management skills.

This course will provide students with an introduction to the project management framework. At the end of the sessions, students will have learned the basic processes, competencies and tools needed to ensure smooth project execution.

Career Bootcamp with Donna Patricia Manio
This class will explore the four pillars that you need for a strong start in your career, whatever your field:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Presentations and Negotiations
  • Professional Branding
  • Culture and Etiquette

General Mental Health Mentor TBD
An introduction to different topics and issues related to mental health, such as:

  • What are mental disorders?
  • Learning about Neurodiversity
  • Mental Health and the Pandemic
  • Practical ways to deal with stress and anxiety
  • … and more