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2010 Catalyst Fund

May 23, 2010

The Catalyst Fund mentorship program provides a woman in our target group (API young girls and women [ages 11-21], ‘at-risk’ teens, refugee/immigrant women and women in transition) the chance to be learn directly from leadership role models.

With your support, the following mentorships were funded in 2009-10:

  • Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs – Woman Warrior, Adrienne Pon, is mentoring Whitney Chiao, Joanne Cho and Lucy Lin who are working on new and non-traditional modes of outreach and engagement to connect with hard-to-reach populations for civic programs, including 2010 Census. 
  • Self Help for the Elderly Mentees Meiling Wang, Virginia Chan and Trewina Kiang are all current staffers at Self-Help.  Woman Warrior, Anni Chung, customizes their training to develop their personal skill set in management, public speaking, advocacy and policy, fundraising and political awareness.
  • Kimochi, Inc. – Under the leadership of Woman Warrior, Anna Sawamura Higaki, Mentee Alexis Chan, is developing her experience as a senior service program advocate, outreaching to families and organizations that can benefit from Kimochi services and developing direct-selling materials and presentations.
  • Healthways – Through, Healthways of San Mateo County, Woman Warrior Alice Bulos provides cross cultural orientation and a support system for a young immigrant teen, helping her integrate into school and community, and providing the guidance to develop self-determination skills that will guide her future.
  • Supervisor Carmen Chu – Yingsi Zhang and Angel Anqi Feng are working directly with Supervisor Chu and staff in community outreach/organization and serve as a liaison between city government and community in developing a plan to improve the Taraval Street Corridor, and as a link between community and the School Board, including assist with translations.
  • Heather Fong Mentorship for Community Service – Emily Murase, Director of Commission on Status of Women, is mentoring Jamie Kozono who is working in the area of domestic violence prevention and providing support for the “Bridges to Freedom” language fluency training program for criminal justice personnel.
  • 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.

Through the Leadership Catalyst Opportunity, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, some of our Monarchs and Women Warriors were able to travel to events/seminars to further their learning or enhance their professional work or associations.