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2007 Catalyst Fund

May 20, 2007

PAAWBAC’s Catalyst Fund Mentorship Program builds leadership opportunities among API young women, refugee and immigrant women, at-risk teens and women in transition. These women have gained experience in a wide-range of areas: policy advocacy, leadership, problem-solving, marketing, fund-raising and community outreach.

  • KIMOCHI, INC. Akemi Yoshimoto, under leadership of Woman Warrior Sandy Mori, devoted her time to outreach and marketing Kimochi Home and Kimochi programs to San Francisco seniors and specifically to the Japanese-speaking community. Akemi’s language skills gave her opportunity to present as well as interpret at aging and senior service seminars and translate Kimochi’s brochure into Japanese.
  • SELF-HELP FOR THE ELDERLY Woman Warrior Anni Chung, worked closely with staffers, Queenie Lui and Diane Diep, to provide them additional experiences in management, fund raising and advocacy work. Through her experience, Queenie developed practical leadership skills and ‘gained more confidence in my new role as a leader in my unit.’ Diane was also challenged through her mentorship experience and determined that further education would help her develop into a stronger manager.
  • CALIFORNIA HEALTH INITIATIVES, INC. Ellen Raie Dela Pena and Rosemarie Azuedo took part in Woman Warrior Alice Bulos’ mentorship program, which was woven into CHI’s mission to serve uninsured and underserved ethnic immigrants and high-risk youth and adults. Through their mentorship, these two young women gained a better understanding of their Philippine culture and more self-respect and consideration for ‘who I am.’
  • NIKKEI COMMUNITY INTERN PROGRAM (NCI)/ JAPANESE AMERICAN SERVICES EAST BAY (JASEB) In partnership with NCI’s internship program to develop the next generation of community leaders, Kim Nakamura worked under the leadership of Laura Takeuchi, Executive Director of JASEB, to gain greater understanding of the needs of our seniors, learn many aspects of elder care, and was directly involved in assisting in the organization in three fund-raising projects.
  • ASIAN AMERICAN RECOVERY SERVICES, INC. (AARS) Counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara In 2006, the Catalyst Fund sponsored 250 Asian and Pacific Islander girls (ages 13-18) to attend the annual Sister-to-Sister Conference for female youth, celebrating API women of tomorrow.