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2008 Catalyst Fund

June 1, 2008

PAAWBAC’S CATALYST FUND MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Since 2002, 25 women have expanded their wings under PAAWBAC’s Catalyst Fund Mentorship Program. This past year, our fundraising efforts supported the following mentorship opportunities:

  • KIMOCHI, INC. Jun Aita expanded her role at Kimochi, Inc. which provides culturally sensitive care to Bay Area elderly. Under the guidance of Woman Warrior, Sandy Mori, Jun was exposed to issues of aging and received training in community organizing and fundraising. In particular, she coordinated and marketed the Health and Consumer Education lecture series at the Kimochi Senior Center.
  • SELF-HELP FOR THE ELDERLY Woman Warrior, Anni Chung mentored three managers: Queenie Lui (returning mentee), Josephine Ma and Caroline Ng — all immigrant women from Hong Kong and China. Under Anni’s direction, these three managers gained deeper experience in supervision, decision-marking, public speaking and fund development, among other leadership skills.
  • CALIFORNIA HEALTH INITIATIVES, INC. Woman Warrior, Alice Bulos’ mentorship program is woven into CHI’s mission to serve uninsured and underserved ethnic immigrants, high-risk youth and adults. Alice’s tender touch guides young immigrant women as they adjust to life in the U.S. and gain self-awareness and self-worth through one-on-one tutorials with Alice and her program managers.
  • NIKKEI COMMUNITY INTERN PROGRAM (NCI)/ JAPANESE AMERICAN SERVICES EAST BAY (JASEB) In partnership with JASEB and the NCI program, Woman Warrior, Laura Takeuchi, mentored Risa Taira to expose her to elder programs and issues at JASEB, community leadership, and outreach, as a part of the overall NCI initiative to groom the next generation of Japanese Americans for community service.
  • Additional Catalyst Fund Recipient: ASIAN AMERICAN RECOVERY SERVICES, INC., for the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara whose mission is to decrease the incidence and impact of substance abuse in the API Bay Area community. The Catalyst Fund helped sponsor 250 girls, ages 13-18, to attend the Sister-to-Sister Conference for female youth celebrating API women of tomorrow.