Theme 3: Youth and Values Formation

Theme 3: Youth and Values Formation

Grace-CruzGrace T. CRUZ PhD

Title of Paper: “Values, Attitudes and Behaviors of the Filipino Youth: Evidence from the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Studies”

Grace T. Cruz is a professor of Demography at the Population Institute, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines (Diliman).  She received her Ph. D. in Sociology, her M.A. degree in Demography with Ford Foundation Fellowship grant and BS Statistics (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines (Diliman).  She completed a 9-month diploma course in Population and Development at the Institute of Social Studies at Hague, Netherlands.

Prof. Cruz has been involved in various research projects particularly in the areas of the aging of the population, youth and adolescent issues.  Her other areas of expertise include Technical Demography, Research methods and other Population and Development issues.    She has authored several articles and disseminated her research findings both in the country and abroad.

Prof. Cruz is concurrently the Chairperson of the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (DRDF) and the President of the Philippine Population Association (PPA). Email:


Title of Paper: “Youth and Values”

Julie Edwards joined Jesuit Social Services in 2001. She was the Program Director prior to her appointment as CEO in June 2004. Julie has over 35 years experience engaging with marginalised people and families experiencing breakdown and trauma. She is a social worker, family therapist and a grief and loss counsellor. Julie has a Masters in Social Work and is currently completing her doctorate in this discipline. In January 2010 Julie became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie serves on a number of government and community committees that work to promote a more just society and contribute to the health and wellbeing of members of our community. She is also a member of the International Working Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement.
Julie is a member of a number of national and international Jesuit commissions and working groups across areas of justice, education, social ministry and ecology.

Julie is passionate about finding ways to give practical expression to her social justice values, about exploring the most effective means to build a more just society and promoting a values-based model of leadership. Email:

Jennie-HickeyJennie HICKEY

Title of Paper: “Youth and Values Education: An Australian Jesuit education case study”

Jennie is currently the Delegate for Social Ministries and Special Projects and Assistant Delegate for Education in the Australian Jesuit province. She has nearly 30 years of experience in Secondary education in the areas of Mathematics and Religious Education. She has worked in Executive positions for fifteen years, and has developed curriculum and outreach programs that align with core Catholic Social Teachings and Jesuit Education values. Jennie has a Masters in Administrational Leadership and a Masters in Theology. Email:

Stephane-LeyensStéphane LEYENS PhD

Title of Paper: “Development, Values and Youth: Some theoretical and practical considerations”

Stephane Leyens is Associate Professor at the department of Sciences, Philosophies and Societies, University of Namur (Belgium). He holds a PhD in philosophy and a MSc in biology. His research interests include development ethics and intercultural dimensions of social justice. He is conducting development programs in India and in Peru. He recently published Le médecin qui soignait les postes de radio. Essais sur l’ethnocentrisme critique de M. Singleton (Presses Universitaires de Namur, 2013) and contributed to the book Redefining Prosperity (Cassiers I. (ed.), Routledge, 2014, forthcoming). Email:

Christian-NdokiJean-Christian NDOKI NDIMBA SJ

Title of Paper: “Learning to translate Values into the Language of Youth”

Jean-Christian NDOKI NDIMBA is a Jesuit Priest from DR Congo (Kinshasa). He studied Philosophy in DRC (Canisius Kimwenza), Theology in Kenya (Hekima College) and Tropical Agriculture in France (Catholic University of Lille and SupAgro Montpellier).

He worked in various development projects in India, Colombia and Guinea. He is currently in charge of setting up a center for Agriculture, Ecology and Development (CEFAPE, Hemuna, DRC). He is a member of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) Ecology, a worldwide network of Jesuit working in ecological issues. Email:

Santander_picArnel SANTANDER

Title of Paper: Tuen hu Uyag: Learning and Living

Arnel Santander is a Project Manager in Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) – Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. He is currently based in Culture and Ecology Center of ESSC in Bendum. Email:


Eric-VelandriaEric G. VELANDRIA SJ PhD

Title of Paper: “Xavier University School of Education: Youth and Values Formation”

Eric G. Velandria SJ finished a degree in BS Agri-Business in the University of the Philippines and had his masters in Theology in Ateneo de Manila University. He got his Doctorate degree in Education last 2004 in the University of San Francisco and did his internship on the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm in Fordham University, USA. Currently, he is the Dean of the School of Education in Ateneo de Cagayan-Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines and acting as the Regional Director of the United Nation University – Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development.

He has attended several seminars and trainings related to sustainable development. He is a member of the Board of Trustees in the following institutions: Xavier University, Oro Chamber, and Xavier Science Foundation. He is also a Representative of Academe in the Regional Development Council and the Local School Board. Along with these, he is also part of the Technical Working Group of the Philippine Catholic School Standards (PCSS)-Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines CEAP and a Mindanao Representative of SYNERGEIA FOUNDATION. Email:

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