LEAD Filipino involves Pin@ys in public service, civic leadership and engagement opportunities that relate to Filipin@ American communities, experiences and representation in key public policy spaces. To achieve this, we provide community-based cultural programs, workshops and trainings, and collaborate with grassroots partners to advance awareness campaigns and educate local Filipin@ communities.
Our work is envisioned through four core areas: Visibility, Representation, Cultural Education & Awareness, and Participation & Engagement. Planted in these roots, we take our programs and initiatives, and pivot toward educating and exposing Filipin@s to social systems and processes, Filipin@ culture and current/past contributions, and ways to serve communities through leadership. We support and encourage Filipin@s to take steps in visible leadership spaces.
We dedicate our work to the following areas:
Filipin@s are often dubbed as the “Forgotten Asians”. Due to our political and electoral absence, our needs, stories and experiences are often eclipsed in public decision-making arenas. Albeit, throughout our history, we have been targeted in landmark legislative decisions that have directly impacted our communities (1934 Tydings-MacDuffie Act) and (1946 Rescission Act), historic contexts (CA 1960s Farmworker Movement), and today, from the perspective of visible roles in key leading and policymaking arenas. To challenge this prism, LEAD Filipino works to create spaces to provide visibility and substantive learning opportunities to community members interested in changing this reality.
Filipin@s are the largest Asian Pacific Islander (API) group in California and data suggests year-over-year increases. Despite these numbers en masse, an underrepresentation of Filipin@s in appointed and public positions persists. As our population continues to grow, the necessity of involving Pin@ys in public spaces to represent our narratives, stories and experiences across public sectors intensifies. At a population of ~1.5 million in our State, our community – like others – has distinct needs and issues, namely issues related to Human Services (Immigration) and Civil Rights (Domestic Workers). LEAD Filipino operates under this and questions: What more can we do to expose and involve Filipin@s in understanding the legislative and public policy decisions that impact our daily lives?
Cultural Education & Awareness
Approached with a Filipin@ cultural lens while bridging the Philippines’ and American historic/current context, LEAD Filipino develops and provides programs and projects that educate local community members in initiatives, programs and trainings that address WHY Filipin@s ought to address coalesce around issues of Diversity, Visibility and Representation and HOW we can move the needle. Our programs and projects bring local Filipin@ civic and elected leaders together, encourage open dialogue, and educate Filipin@s on cultural appreciation, upholding these values and stories, and leading within their own communities.
Civic Participation & Engagement
To provide community education, is to build community. Featuring educators, activists, entrepreneurs, historians, civic leaders, and much more from a wide variety of sectors, LEAD Filipino seeks to ignite conversations that wouldn’t otherwise happen in the context of Filipin@ leadership in communities. Through our initiatives like Awareness in Action and Policy. Politics. & Puto Trainings, we encourage participants to share opinions and experiences, while maintaining respect of varying viewpoints, as well. By engaging both youth and adults alike, we challenge Filipin@s to think critically on elevating our community’s voice. We are committed to presenting the community with a thoughtful, enriching and positive educational experience, and given this, our organizers are continuously huddling to bring content that informs, interests, and educates the ages of all participants.
LEAD Filipino’s 2018 Goals
- Educate Pin@ys on today’s largest local, regional, and global social issues through interactive and discussion-based settings.
- Involve Pin@ys in public and civic leadership through trainings and programs on how to get involved in appointed and elected capacities.
- Identify ways for young Pin@ys to become involved in their own neighborhoods and communities through Coalitions, Campaigns, and Public/Civic Leadership roles.
- Deepen and strengthen partnerships with local community organizations, businesses, and academic institutions to help engage young Filipin@s in the larger Silicon Valley/South Bay community within human issues.
- Facilitate cultural mentorship, learning, and educational opportunities for young Filipin@s through workshops, speaker panel events, Awareness in Action, and unique partnerships with local organizations and grassroots groups.
“The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” – James A. Baldwin