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Programs

Description
Organized in 1996, the Filipino American Youth Leadership Conference (FAYLC) is PNDA's youth led project organized by youth members of PNDA's Board of Directors. It was first conceived as a laboratory for youth leadership training by high school students with adult guidance and intended for high school participants to address their youth issues. College students and young professionals in the role of counselors facilitate a non-judgmental interaction where honesty, trust, acceptance, confidentiality and support are established so youth can express themselves freely and responsibly. Topics of Filipino and Filipino American identity, leadership, preparing for college, sexuality, generational and cultural conflicts, empowering and disempowering relationships, family dynamics, and racism are processed in small groups. Participants learn more about themselves and their society.
Budget
$10,000
Program Successes
Since the revival of the conference in 2016:
- More than 200 high school students statewide attended the conference.
- More than 60 college students from Sacramento State, San Francisco State, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, University of Arizona, Consumnes River College received on hands counseling and leadership experience.
- 85 volunteers from the community gave up their time to assist these students to excel in the workshops and gain an understanding of being Filipinx.

Description
The FAM program's inaugural year welcomed a cohort of 35 participants encompassing working professionals, college students, and high school youth. The professional mentors represented a breadth of fields, including faculty and staff from higher education institutions, lawyers, working professionals from the state, as well as others from public/nonprofit, and private sectors. Combined with college students majoring in numerous fields of study from Sacramento State UC Davis and the Los Rios Community Colleges, the FAM high school participants received mentorship through a wealth of knowledge from the diverse backgrounds and experiences their mentors embodied. With FAM's unique emphasis on providing culturally relevant mentorship, the program year kicked off with workshops on Filipinx and Filipinx American history as well as a field trip to Little Manila in Stockton to learn about the remnant of the early Filipinx American story in their own backyard...a story of community, struggle, sacrifice, survival, and hope.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
The PNDA Mentoring Program launched in 2018. FAM started its second program year with 30 participants. In the first half of the program year, FAM hosted its very first Pasko Potluck, where participants built community over the enjoyment of Pilipino food and desserts while also learning about and discussing the historical context of the Parol to signify a Pilpino Christmas. For its second half of the year, the FAM program will reconvene in February 2020 with a spring semester kickoff event, and continue the second year with another visit to Little Manila, and then conclude in June.
Description
The Outstanding Filipino Youth Awards was established in 1990 by the Philippine National Day Association (PNDA) as a recognition program. PNDA believes that the accomplishments of the young individual is not only a personal achievement but a contribution that advances the whole community. Through this program, PNDA recognizes our youth for their contributions, raising them up as role models to their peers.

The first scholarship was awarded in 1999. PNDA believes that an educated community is an empowered community. The OFYA Scholarship program was established to support the education of our youth-education that is critical in preparing them for their future and the community's future.

Placing importance on the value of education is inherent in the Filipino culture. This was exemplified by the early Filipinos in America who came to this country to pursue an education they considered to be the road to a better life. However, they found themselves laboring in the fields of Hawaii and California. In spite of their struggles, the dream of an education and a better life was never realized for many. As a tribute to their legacy, PNDA carries out its scholarship program in their memory.

Budget
$20,000
Program Successes
In the last three years, more than 50 12th-grade student awardees received scholarships totaling more $20,000.
- Our 8th-grade students receive recognition awards including a $50 gift for each participant.
- In the last three years, we have awarded more than 40 students a total of $2,000.
- Filipino American leaders such as Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary for the Governor of California and Christopher Cabaldon, West Sacramento Mayor, have been named "Lakandiwa" (inspiring role model) and have served as a keynote and mentor for OFYA.
- OFYA has furthered engaged the community by asking notable Filipino Americans to serve on the scholarship panel including California Assemblymember Rob Bonta.

Description
LahiARTS features theater, dance, music, literary works, stand-up, spoken word, film, fashion, digital and the visual arts that highlight the transnational Filipino-American community and its cultural and linguistic diversity. With its focus on diversity, trans-generational dialogue, access to the arts, new arts experiences, support for highly-qualified artists, and partnerships with arts and service organizations, the series creates and promotes a cultural organizing framework for the integration of contemporary artists and community.

As a presenting series, LahiARTS supports the cultural and artistic aspirations of PNDA by organizing and building the Filipino-American community in Sacramento through the voice of contemporary artists and their powerful, bold, and thought-provoking creative works and images that instigate discussion and social action.

Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
Since its revitalization in fall 2018, LahiARTS has screened The Debut featuring a talk by director Gene Cajayon during the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival; hosted award-winning music artist and author Dr. Grace S. Nono; participated in the international mural festival Wide Open Walls while showcasing noted artist Eliseo Art Silva leading a community mural; and, presented internationally-touring author and spoken word artist Jason Bayani who also conducted a workshop and worked with our youth leading to the production of a chapbook.