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Introducing the 2016 Community Leaders Program Class

Genesis Gavino

Genesis Gavino is a Senior Management Fellow with the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department where she analyzes and develops policy to address human and social issues specific to homelessness and housing stability. She is Filipino, born and raised in American Samoa and committed to making a difference in her community. Genesis has found her calling in serving the marginalized and most vulnerable populations of the community through public service. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management in 2014 from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Her volunteer work includes serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Southeast Youth and Family Services, a local non-profit located in Columbia City committed to assisting children, youth and their families to achieving safe, self-sufficient and stable lives.

Tawny Fajardo

Tawny Fajardo is a Registered Nurse specializing in aesthetics with experience in plastic surgery and labor and delivery. As a post-baccalaureate student at Seattle University, she hopes to graduate from medical school and become a surgeon. She is most passionate about helping others find hope and confidence in all aspects in life. As a volunteer with Northwest Harvest, she strives to bring that hope to others by being able to provide nutritious food to those who need it. She is also a competitor with the Miss Washington USA® Pageant and aims to promote a platform that instills confidence among her own community. She values spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and dancing.

Vicky Su

Vicky Su came to the U.S. at age 16 from her native China to pursue a better education. She is graduating from Whitman College on May 22, 2016 with a B.A. in rhetoric studies and a minor in sociology. She is currently seeking a role related to communication, which allows her to explore her passion for civic engagement, social justice and popular culture. Over the course of four years at Whitman, she has worked with a team of seven students to create and execute a groundbreaking conference about the hierarchical power and privilege on the Whitman campus, which is now part of the College’s official annual calendar. She also serves on the nomination committee for Whitman’s student government, striving to select leaders who represent a diverse student body. She is a big movie fan and an authentic foodie. She loves meeting new people and dogs from all around the world.

Brianne Ramos

Brianne Ramos identifies as Chamorro and Filipino. She was born on the island of Guam and raised in Olympia, Washington. She attended the University of Washington and earned a bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health with a minor in Diversity. Currently, Brianne works as the Project Coordinator for the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. She is also active on the steering committee of the Pacific Islander Health Board and is passionate about achieving equity in health and education for Asian and Pacific Islander communities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading with her godchildren, practicing Chamorro culture through language and dance, and chasing the sun.

Gabby Ibanez-Dacruz

Gabriella “Gabby” Ibanez-Dacruz, a Washington native, is a multiracial first generation American- her father being born in Portugal and her mother from the Philippines. Being the first in her family to graduate college, Gabby has received her Bachelor’s in Community Psychology from the University of Washington Bothell. Through her education, she has developed a passion for addressing the inequalities we face as a society and striving to surpass the hurdles to achieving social justice in order to embrace our beautiful intersectional lives. Since the age of six, Gabby has participated in the Girl Scouts of the USA, devoting her time to providing leadership and strong role models for the future generations of young women. In her free time, Gabby enjoys spending time with her large and blended family, especially her 8 nieces and nephews. To unwind, she also enjoys curling up with a good book on her Kindle, a cup of tea, and a warm blanket.

ACLF welcomes new board members

ACLF welcomes Marissa Vichayapai and Alex Johnson to its Board of Directors.

Marissa is a Programs Director for 21 Progress and loves developing immigrant youth and youth of color for leadership with a social justice and progressive lens. She believes this work is of the utmost importance to rising youth, who will peek at a time when our world will be faced by many of the growing injustices and will need a strong progressive front to protect the rights of the people. Fueled by her commitment to see rising leaders in the community, Marissa wants to extend this line of work to Asian Pacific Islander leaders who will continue to advocate for the values and needs of the API people.

Alex is a Project Engineer with Shen Consulting Inc. and a 2014 graduate of the Community Leaders Program. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in civil engineering, and has a certificate in organizational leadership. During his four years in the program, Alex developed a passion for leadership and personal development and thus sparked his interest in ACLF. His wholesome approach to the leadership development is the result of combining technical skills learned in engineering and project management and soft skills developed through the program. Alex searched for an outlet to become an active member of not only his immediate community but the greater API community in Seattle and found a strong fit with the collaborative approach that ACLF takes. He hopes to continue the good work that board members before him have been able to accomplish.

Now Accepting Community Leaders Program Applications!

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The 2014 Community Leaders Program class at their graduation dinner.

ACLF is now accepting applications to the 2016 Community Leaders Program.

Please join us at our CLP information session to learn more about the program and application process! Below are event details:

What: CLP 2016 Info Session
When: February 16, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1414 S Weller Seattle, WA 98144
Please RSVP to aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org.

Visit our program page for more information about the Community Leaders Program and to download the application.

Welcome our new board member Florence Sum

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ACLF welcomes Florence Sum to its Board of Directors. Florence is a Seattle native and identifies herself as a Chinese American. She credits her experience in the public school system to why she works as an Education Advocate at Seattle Education Access. Florence supports youth and their education goals through college navigation and college retention services and acts as a mentor/adviser to anyone who believes education is a lifelong process of self-discovery and world discovery.

She brings her passion for leadership development, the API community, and education to ACLF in the hopes of supporting the organization in its strategies for growth, its continued outreach to the community, and internal efficiency.

Save the Date for the ACLF Community Breakfast!!

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Join the CLP class of 2015 as they host the ACLF Annual Community Breakfast at the Jefferson Community Center on Beacon Hill. Buy tickets online (type “Community Breakfast” as the purpose of the donation) or at the door. Talk to a 2015 CLP class member or ACLF Board Member if you have questions! See you soon!

You’re Invited! Community Leaders Program Graduation Dinner – May 16

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You are invited!

ACLF’s Annual Graduation Dinner and Celebration!
Honoring our Community Leaders Program – class of 2015
We’ll also honor Mark Okazaki as this year’s winner of the Kip Tokuda award and Nate Caminos  with the Alumni Achievement Award

Join us May 16th at 6 pm
415 Westlake in South Lake Union
415 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Food and drinks will be provided by Green Leaf. Two signature drinks will also be featured at the cash bar, a Lemongrass Ginger Kamakaze and a Classic Old Fashioned. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the drinks are generously being donated to ACLF by Green Leaf.

$100 per person

Purchase tickets on at our donation website http://goo.gl/5T9tT9. Please type “Graduation Dinner” in the purpose field.

For more than 15 years, supporters like you have helped ACLF develop the next generation of leaders in the Asian Pacific Islander community. The Community Leaders Program and its more than 170 alumni share their commitment to community and social justice, working as change agents in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout the region. Join us to catch up with past participants, ACLF supporters, and celebrate the program’s latest graduates. We can’t wait to see what this year’s class does next!

To learn more about CLP 2015, visit http://goo.gl/ula0Zf

For more information contact Craig Kanaya at  aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org or visit www.aclfnorthwest.org

Announcing the 2015 Community Leaders Program Project

ACLF and the Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition have announced a partnership to develop a campaign to advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islander data disaggregation at the K-12 and postsecondary level.

Asian Pacific Islanders are a diverse and dynamic group. This is especially true in academic achievement at the K-12 and postsecondary level. While some APIs have experienced academic success, other groups have experienced challenges. Current methods of reporting and collecting educational achievement data have hidden significant disparities between groups.

ACLF’s Community Leaders Program class will partner with the Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition to:

Develop a campaign to advocate for Washington state legislative action regarding Asian American and Pacific Islander data disaggregation at the K-12 and post-secondary level.

Help expand the coalition by opening the invitation to potential partner organizations to attend SEA³eD’s community forum event and the community project presentation.

Draft a summary of the process and recommendations for increasing the visibility of the All Students Count Act through input from coalition members and community leaders, including exploring ways to increase participation within immigrant and refugee communities.

The project is part of ACLF’s Community Leaders Program (CLP), leadership program that offers training and mentorship to individuals with an interest and passion in social justice and leadership roles in their community. The CLP participants attend bi-monthly workshops and network with community leaders and complete a group project that benefits and contributes to a healthy and vibrant API community.

About Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition
Founded in January of 2011 as the Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition, SEA³eD aims to set a platform for the Southeast Asian American community to unify and advocate for their educational needs. The mission of SEA³eD is to promote solidarity among the Southeast Asia American community by working together with students, families, the local community and stakeholders to address education needs from K-12 and higher education. They raise awareness regarding education access issues and resources, promote the facilitation of education access resources and services for Southeast Asian American students and families and promote a community wide climate and initiative that is conducive for personal growth, empowerment, equity and leadership within the Southeast Asian American community.

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