Jon Tulio is a Filipino American educator, father, and director of the Nothing to Lose (N2L) Foundation, which operates in the Philippines. N2L runs a scholarship program where the top basketball and volleyball players in the Romblon province are brought together for an all-star camp, in addition to offering full-ride college scholarships to selected leaders and community members. John co-launched this organization in 2006, alongside a fellow educator and high school basketball coach—Michael Ferolino. The two started a summer all-star camp in Romblon, and their initiative has expanded to include a volleyball program and medical missions throughout the area. N2L has also been able to successfully support numerous scholars throughout their college education—covering costs—with some scholars coming back to work as staff for the organization.

Jon also shares his journey from becoming a high school basketball coach in Northern California to traveling and moving his family to the Philippines in order to pursue foundation work full-time. He is also helping launch a new initiative in Bacolod City to reach out and support “youth in conflict with the law.” He shares his perspective on leadership development and the similarities between the youth he sees in his scholarship program and the youth within these detention centers. There is a need to support these often forgotten and overlooked populations.

Please listen to the episode, reflect on the stories, learn jiu jitsu, and reach out to support.

PS. Sorry for the audio quality. This was the first time trying to record abroad and out of the studio. Lesson learned and will be able to record better quality next time.