Inspired by the life and humanitarian work of Alejandro Torres
(known as Andot in the Philippine Red Cross or Alex in his international work),
we will carry on his legacy of supporting and empowering
emerging humanitarian youth leaders across the globe.
As a mentor and leader within the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Alex's dedication and work ethic is exceptional. He sets the bar for delivering quality and timely work not only for himself but for the Red Cross Youth (RCY) leaders who work with him during training courses, camps, and other youth gatherings.
Through his vision and leadership, the National Leadership Trainers' Training Program was established. This program produced hundreds of RCY leaders who are trained to conduct leadership training sessions within their peer groups in the schools and the community, thus empowering youth at the grassroots level.
Alex also initiated and organized the first-ever PRC Red Cross Youth SuperCamp that became a venue for hundreds of RCY volunteers across the Philippines to meet, establish friendships, and collaborate on various youth leadership projects.
As Alex's brainchild, the PRC launched Pledge 25, a program that encourages RCY ages 18 and above to commit to voluntarily donating blood three to four times a year until they reach the age of 25. This has inspired hundreds of volunteers to a life-long commitment of saving lives by regularly donating blood even past the age of 25.
Alex’s contributions to the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in general, will live on for generations to come. Amongst his most memorable was the Volunteer Investment Value Audit (VIVA) to measure and celebrate volunteer time, the Branch Organizational Capacity Assessment (BOCA) to help Branches strengthen their services to local communities, a Branch Development Game to help volunteers and leaders refocus their work, the peer support networks he set up to help volunteers and leaders support each other across countries, and the case studies that captured and shared inspiring stories of volunteer action from, and between, communities around the world.
Alex was the master of innovation and technology. He started webinars that would connect youth and volunteers across the world, an OD Google group that soon became global, a “Solutions Bank” of stories that could inspire others, to name but a few. All of these were to inspire youth and volunteers across the world to do more, be more, and celebrate successes more with each other.
We cannot always build the future for our youth,
but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin D. Roosevelt