In the beginning, “Working Hands”, launched in December 1995, was a scholarship program conceptualized and spearheaded by the Young Upbeat Professionals for Peace (YUPPEACE), a people’s organization founded in 1994 for the 10th World Youth Day in the Philippines. In November 1996, it was spun off as Working Hands Scholarship Foundation, Inc., a non-stock, not-for-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The end in mind, when Working Hands was created, was the vision of a manpower base of educated and well-trained young workers who, by way of being productive, responsibly contribute to economic nation-building. The organization believes that it is not enough just to send the out-of-school youth to school. Fortressed by values like social responsibility and psycho-spiritual growth, the trained youth must be able to work and earn after being graduated from the training centers.