Fly Pinays Informational Night

Come one, come all (especially our mentors and mentees) and join us in our Fly Pinays Informational Night on Monday, November 26th at San Jose State University!

Affectionally dubbed our “Fly Pinays Season” our organization takes pen to paper, ears to the ground, and shoulders to the wheel across four months of coordination, planning, and execution for our Fly Pinays program – or our Mentor/Mentee Mixer and Leadership Summit, every year.

During our Informational Night, we will cover the basics about our program, our roadmap, and key ways to engage and share your (much-needed) talent and treasure with our volunteer organizing efforts around Fly Pinays.

We hope to see you on the 26th!

LEAD Filipino

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Recap: September Natz. Ceremony

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November 15, 2018

As an organization founded on the principles of Filipino/a culture and civic leadership – in the American context – you can catch us engaging in civic-related work around the greater South Bay Area.

For the past year, our organization has been a key partner with the Asian Law Alliance in the efforts to register and educate voters in Santa Clara County.

A core facet of this work has included the student leadership of Katrina Figueroa (SJSU, ’18) and Kevin Suarez (SJSU, ’18) who co-managed the outreach and volunteer management efforts related to our role in volunteering with the County’s monthly Naturalization Ceremonies.

To learn more about our Civic Engagement and Leadership efforts, please contact Katrina Figueroa, Katrina@leadfilipino.org.

Mabuhay!

LEAD Filipino

Recap: 2018 Filipino Community Policy Symposium

September 29th, 2018

The culmination of a months-long undertaking for our organization and our collaborative partners with the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies and UC Davis’ Asian American Studies Department was this past September’s 2018 Filipino Community Policy Symposium.

The day-long conference, held at UC Davis on Saturday, September 29th, convened community advocates, educators, activists, grassroots organizers, public officials, youth, and families in centered conversations on forming a uniquely Filipino/a American policy agenda for 2019. The issues that our workshops and breakout sessions focused on eight key areas that all Filipinos/as Californians can identify with:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Workers’ Rights and Justice
  • LGBTQIA Rights and Justice
  • Immigrant Rights and Justice
  • Women’s Issues – Leadership, Rights, and Visibility
  • K-12/Higher Education
  • Housing and Homelessness Advocacy
  • Small Business Growth/Economic Development

In keynote addresses from former City of Davis Mayor Ruth Asmundson and Cynthia Bonta, and speaker panels with esteemed nonprofit leaders, organizers, and governmental agency leaders, the energy in the space was palpable. The impetus and shared commitment to the Symposium was/is the awareness that Filipinos/as are the largest Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic group in California at a staggering population of ~1.5 million.

Despite our collective presence at ~1.5 m, we are seeing a pervasive absence of our community across elected and appointed leadership spaces where community and public decisions are made. LEAD Filipino’s involvement in the organizing and execution of this Symposium was based on the intention of contributing to the larger picture, and above all, galvanizing our local community to get involved in civic and political action.

The next steps and outcomes of the 2018 Symposium were clear: for our respective grassroots partners and organizations to form a comprehensive, representative, and reflective policy and legislative platform for 2019 that we can take to our state legislators in the coming year.

Angelica and Vanessa with our organization were pleased to co-emcee this past year’s Policy Symposium and look forward to meeting many of you in our shared work.

If you would like to get involved in these efforts as a volunteer organizer, we want to hear from you! Contact us at LEADFilipinoSJ@gmail.com.

Stay tuned!

LEAD Filipino

“2018 Community Partner of the Year”

IMG_0163On September 27th, 2018, our organization was recognized by Senator Bob Wieckowski at his Annual “State of the 10th Senate District” with a Resolution from the California State Senate, as the “2018 Community Partner of the Year.”

With the introduction of the Resolution presented by our dear Tita Thelma Boac (Trustee, Berryessa Unified School District – San Jose) and then awarded by Senator Bob Wieckowski, our grassroots organization was highlighted for our work around providing free Filipino/a studies classes, building empowerment programs through Fly Pinays, and finding meaningful ways to engage our community in civic leadership and visibility.

We were one of 11 other individuals and organizations, hailing from the 10th State Senate District, to be honored on that momentous evening. Our feelings of humility, appreciation – and awe – go without saying, to have been recognized and spotlighted alongside other community and homegrown sheroes was amazing.

Maraming salamat to Senator Wieckowski, his team, and our community for continuing to support and steward our growing work and service to the greater South Bay Area. Congratulations to all of the other award recipients! We were honored to celebrate alongside each of you.IMG_0147 (1)

This one’s for BAE (the community)!

LEAD Filipino

Filipin@ Voter Guide – English & Tagalog

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Dear Kasamas –

With only 26 days remaining till California’s statewide election – where we will vote on  8 new statewide officer positions and 11 propositions – we’ve developed a Filipin@ Voter Guide to help inform our friends, family, and community members on the statewide measures that Californians will be faced with, come this election.

Check out our English and Tagalog Voter Guides below.

English – Filipin@ Voter Guide


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Tagalog – Filipin@ Voter Guide

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Register — Fly Pinays Photo Day

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Photo Day — Register Today


Fly Pinay Mentors and Mentees!

We know y’all like taking selfies.

To celebrate Fil Am History Month and build up the hype for our 3rd Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit and bring our group of ~150 mentors and mentees together again, we hope you’ll join us for our Photo Day where mentors and mentees can receive free professional headshots, enjoy performances, a community resource fair, and hear from guest speakers!

When: Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Time: 11:30am-4:00pm
Location: Google

Register here to confirm your photo appointment: Fly Pinays Photo Day
*Email Angelica@LEADFilipino.org for the event password

Tour & Mock Interviews w/FGN

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Salamat to the Filipino Googler Network (FGN)!

Last Thursday, August 30th, the members of the Filipino Googler Network (FGN) graciously welcomed students from our 3rd AAP Cohort and organizers in an afternoon of career and professional insights and mock interviews.

Throughout the visit, our students and organizers were able to meet, and receive personal advice and guidance from Filipinas and Filipinos, working in a variety of operations, administrative, finance, executive, and STEM-related roles at Google.

Maraming salamat to Alex Bautista and the FGN for dedicating your time last Thursday!  We appreciate your partnership.