The Ateneo stays true to its mission of forming men and women with and for others through its many programs created to alleviate poverty by helping capacitate and empower marginalized communities and sectors of Philippine society. Thus, aside from instilling academic excellence in its students, the University also molds future leaders who would be at the forefront of nation-building.
Among such programs, Gawad Kalinga (“to bestow care”)- Ateneo envisions a new Philippines and world with no more slums, by building homes and vibrant communities in depressed areas. Pathways to Higher Education assists academically-gifted but underprivileged youth from the public school system obtain a complete college education. The Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) helps public basic education units achieve high degrees of school performance in order to produce competent and well-rounded students and citizens. And the Disaster Response and Management Team joins other sectors of society in attending to the desperate situations of victims of natural calamities.
Countless other initiatives for authentic social development and nation-building abound throughout all units of the Ateneo de Manila.