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2011 Catalyst Fund

May 19, 2011

Since 2002, nearly 40 women have participated in PAAWBAC’s Catalyst Fund Mentorship Program.  This year, our fundraising supported the following mentorship opportunities:

  • CALIFORNIA HEALTH INITIATIVES, INC.  Woman Warrior Alice Bulos’ mentorship program is woven into CHI’s mission to help uninsured and underserved ethnic immigrants, high-risk youth and adults.  Alice 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.  This year, 11-year-old Delia Velasquenz benefited from Alice’s efforts.
  • KIMOCHI, INC.  This organization, which provides culturally sensitive care to Bay Area elderly, provided Shawne O’Connell the opportunity to become an advocate and community organizer for senior services.  Under the guidance of Woman Warrior Anna Sawamura, Shawne used her Japanese and English language skills while helping develop services for seniors and family caregivers in San Mateo County.
  • S.F. OFFICE OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS  Woman Warrior Adrienne Pon mentored Kayla Abe, Danielle Lam, and Huimin (Happy) Yang, who worked on three civic engagement projects: Fast and Healthy Campaign (anti-obesity) outreach and website design; Community Ambassadors Program (community safety and racial harmony); and 2010 Census data analysis and public education. These three young women developed skills in collaborative leadership, public speaking, working with diverse communities and leaders, and collecting data vital to strategic decision-making.
  • Additionally, PAAWBAC helped 250 teen girls attend the Sister-to-Sister Leadership Conference for female youth, put on by ASIAN AMERICAN RECOVERY SERVICES, INC., whose mission is to decrease the incidence and impact of substance abuse in the API communities of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
  • Finally, the Leadership Catalyst Opportunity, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, enabled several of our Monarchs and Women Warriors to travel to events or seminars to further their learning or enhance their professional work or associations.