Filipino-Canadian Youth and Kapisanan need you this holiday season #SupportK
Today we launch our first ever ever ever fundraising campaign that is not going to the Philippines, but actually to help Filipino-Canadian youth here in Toronto. Often we forget, they need our support too. Let us not forget why we, our parents, our grandparents, left the Philippines in the first place. Certainly not to let the next generation fall through the cracks.
Did you know that recent statistics show that Filipino youth “face barriers that exhibit a troubling pattern leading to poorer outcomes and less upward mobility than that of the children of Canadian immigrants from many other backgrounds.**”?
A report that looks at why many Filipino youth in Ontario are not completing university was recently submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities with suggestions as to how to change the outcome […]**
The study found that mentoring and role models were an important part of the picture for Filipino youth. Young people need to hear about leaders in their community to be given opportunities to learn about diverse careers. This is especially true for Filipino boys. The report recommended support for Filipino community organizations to develop mentoring, leadership, networking and internship programs […]**
For a decade now, KAPISANAN has provided both Canadian-born and newcomer Filipino youth positive and relatable role models, mentors, and a supportive community of peers, so they can explore their culture and heritage--leading to new, positive views on their personal lives and more confidence in pursuing opportunities that will impact their future.
That said, 2015 will be KAPISANAN’s 10th year anniversary! For our birthday wish, we wish for YOUR contribution to help us to continue to do the work we do, inspiring and engaging the next generation of youth for another 10 years (at least!)
What do you spend $30/month on? Maybe half of your unused gym membership every month? OR For $30/month you can help get an artist educator to visit a school in the GTA and deliver Filipino cultural workshops to inspire Filipino and non-FIlipino students about the richness of our heritage.
When you make a charitable donation to KAPISANAN you are helping young Filipino-Canadians cultivate an enriched sense of community, and a more visible presence and contribution toward the broader Canadian community. Your help gives our young people a new and authentic sense of pride, that will empower and support them to rise above the challenges ahead of them.
Thank you in advance for your support. Maraming salamat.
You can contribute in different ways. Find out how by clicking here >>
To download the press release for this campaign please click here >>
**Kelly, Austria, Chua, de Leon, Esguerra, Felipe, Astorga-Garcia, Magpayo, Mais, Sorio, and Tupe. Promoting Post-Secondary Pathways Among Filipino Youth in Ontario. OHCRIF Final Report presented to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, March 2014.
KAPISANAN’S GREAT STRIDES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS
In 2007 we delivered our first Conversational Filipino Language course to 8 enthusiastic Filipino-Canadians. Since then, we have delivered the Filipino Language course to over 80 Filipinos and non-Filipinos.
In 2009 we delivered our first free Filipino arts and cultural program, Clutch, to 7 youth. In 2014 we delivered free Filipino arts and cultural programs and mentored over 200 youth at KAPISANAN Headquarters as well as within TCDSB / Toronto District School Board Schools.
Since 2005 we have provided over 50 Filipino and broader community artists, arts, cultural, and social service organizations, a physical space to deliver programming, host events, conduct rehearsals, and mount performances, in our Kensington Market space for below market rates or for free-- gathering thousands of people to experience and contribute to Toronto’s vibrant multi- cultural fabric.
Since 2009, KAPISANAN has raised and donated over $20,000 in cash toward disaster relief for the Philippines.
Our annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival started as a small community bbq with no budget, now a mainstream Toronto summer festival with over 3500 attendees from diverse communities in 2014. Help us make our 10 year anniversary for KULTURA the biggest and best yet!
KAPISANAN successfully launched VINTA, a chic and modern Filipiñana fashion line, in 2013. VINTA is a social enterprise that aims to bring Filipino cultural clothing into the North American fashion consciousness, while promoting ethical labour practices in the garment industry, and stimulating entrepreneurship among Filipino-Canadian young people and women.