For the past 10 weeks, we have gathered every Wednesday evening for our summer Awareness in Action Program (AAP), our signature program that develops community-conscious and grassroots FilAm leaders.
Throughout our program, we look at the major waves of Filipina/x/o immigrant to the United States, our contributions and struggles in America, and the current status of FilAm representation and power in institutions and systems. As part of our participants’ learning journey, they complete reflective and group projects that ask them to inquire about their own family’s immigration story. We believe that when we are equipped with self-knowledge and awareness of our community’s larger story that we are empowered to challenge the status quo and present alternatives to the current systems we see and experience today.
Many of our AAP graduates go on to serve on commission and boards, work in local government, or run for public office.
This year’s cohort brought together a national participation of FilAms, hailing from across California, Utah, and Oregon. This Wednesday will be our final session to wrap up this summer’s AAP. We are looking forward to celebrating everyone!