Leadership, Education, Activism, and Dialogue (L.E.A.D) Filipino is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization driven by the hearts of students, adults, and families based in San Jose, California.
Organized to increase FilAm civic participation, grassroots leadership, and community action. We believe in the tenets of social justice and advocate for fair access, equity, representation and service to the common good. Our advocacy is focused on advancing civil rights, racial equity, and economic stability with connections to FilAm experiences. Since 2015, we have provided critical services and programs to educate and uplift the leadership of Filipinas/xs/os in our community. We continue to work with hundreds of students and families through our educational programs, provide technical assistance, and distribute thousands of dollars in financial assistance to low-income community members.
From our signature Annual Fly Pinays, to our summer Awareness in Action Program (AAP), and formation of the statewide Filipinx Igniting Engagement for Reimagining Collective Empowerment (FIERCE) Coalition to build a statewide legislative advocacy agenda, we seek to increase the conscious awareness and activities of Filipinas/xs/os in public leadership across communities.
In 2021, we’ll also proudly launch our Queer Lakbay Summit and serve as the 2021 FIERCE Coalition Chair.
Through the powers of education and knowledge generation, LEAD Filipino seeks to advance the involvement and increase the representation of Fil Ams in civics, public policy development, and public service.
Our work is actualized across three program engagement areas:
- Empowerment: We recognize that at a population of ~1.5 million, the Filipino/a community’s collective impact to enact positivity and influence is great. We work to curate, cultivate, and create empowerment opportunities for all of our members. These services include our Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit and Spring Training.
- Cultural Education/Filipino Studies: We believe that everyone should have a basis of understanding of their community’s shared identity, history, and contributions to the American tapestry. Evidence supports that a sense of one’s ethnic and racial history deepens their self-confidence, self-empowerment, and furthermore connection to leadership in our celebration of diversity and multiculturalism. Due to these guiding values, Cultural Education/Filipino Studies is one of LEAD Filipino’s major program areas.
- Civic Leadership: We take seriously the idiomatic expression of, “Having a voice at the table.” Given this, we develop programs and form partnerships that introduce and involve our members in local civics, regional educational campaigns, and statewide issues around education reform and social justice.
We steward, raise, and promote our work through the guiding values of Social Justice. These values inform and shape our ethos, hearts, and minds, which thereby influences our programs, services, and the initiatives we participate in:
- Human Dignity