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Civic Leadership USA | San Mateo County AAPI Task Force
API Coalition | San Mateo County API Caucus

The Civic Leadership USA and San Mateo County Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Task Force are thrilled to announce the inaugural civic leadership forum and quarterly dinner on Friday, August 19th, 2022.

The San Mateo County AAPI Task Force was formed in response to the surge in anti-Asian hate incidences in San Mateo County, including the brutal and unprovoked attack on Millbrae City Council Member Anders Fung that left him with a head and spine injury, as well as two incidences of vandalism to the homes of San Mateo Councilwoman Amourence Lee and Foster City Mayor Richa Awasthi.

This initiative builds on the momentum of the May 1st Summit hosted by the API Coalition and Civic Leadership USA, which gathered over 100 Asian Pacific Islander elected officials from all 5 Bay Area counties for the first time. Speakers, including CA Attorney General, Rob Bonta and Assemblymember Evan Low, and many attendees voiced the need to build regional coalitions to combat anti-Asian hate and increase AAPI civic engagement and representation. The San Mateo County AAPI Task Force is a grassroots response to Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s call to action at the Stop AAPI Hate Town Hall on June 16th. Councilmember Anders Fung said, “God dropped that brick on my head to wake me up, to wake us all up. It’s time for AAPI leaders to organize!”

The San Mateo County AAPI Task Force inaugural dinner and program will include a presentation on AAPI Voter Education & Engagement Best Practices by Christine Chen, co-founder and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and Community Policing: Strategies that Serve & Protect AAPI Communities by San Mateo Police Chief Ed Barberini.

The event marks the official launch of the San Mateo County AAPI Community Directory, a community-generated power map of nonprofit, faith, business and civic leaders in the county. San Mateo City Councilwoman Lee said, “In order to work more effectively together, step one is ‘taking attendance’, so we can inventory our strengths and opportunities.”

Where: San Mateo City Hall | 330 W 20th Ave, San Mateo
When: Friday, August 19th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

Forum seating is limited and priority given to San Mateo County representatives; please register to reserve your seat here. While we encourage attendance in person, virtual participation is welcome. Please register via Zoom.

About Civic Leadership USA
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering and organizing the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities to create a national network of civic-minded organizations and leaders and work in unity. www.clusa.org

About San Mateo County AAPI Task Force
A diverse and multi-sector coalition of AAPI-identified leaders in San Mateo County working to build allyship as well as deliver equitable resources and opportunities that promote our security, economic vitality, representation, and civic engagement. www.aapitaskforce.org

Contact Information
Name | Title: Julia Wu | Director of Marketing and Administration
Email Address: jwu@clusa.org
Contact Number: (650) 669-8936

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Chinese Mental Health Webinar

Nov 15th, 2020 3pm EST

For more information, please click HERE.

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The Future of Alameda County

October 8th, 2020 Thursday 6:30-8:30pm

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“Young Leaders for America Summit 2020 ” series – “Careers in Government”

CLUSA presents its fifth and final online student training webinar in a series of five.

About this Event

Are you interested in government internships or careers? Join us for a webinar on local, state, and federal opportunities! Civic Leadership USA presents its last webinar this year, focusing on ways the next generation can put their skills to use: “Careers in Government” will take place on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM Pacific time. You’ll hear about how you can contribute to your community from all kinds of offices. This webinar will also feature the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) who will be providing a guide to jobs in the government! Complete four of five 90-minute webinars while collaborating with fellow passionate young leaders ranging from middle school students to graduate students to earn badges, with a certificate waiting for you at the end.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Our webinar will bring a host of experienced speakers and panelists, providing exclusive insights and advice, as well as a live Q&A session with the audience!

Keynote Speaker: Eric Zhang

Special Presentation: FAPAC by Katherine Toth

Moderators: Alisha Bi, Dylan Lee, Vincent Huang

Panelists: More speakers are coming soon!

Eric Zhang is currently serving as an assistant deputy director at Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Agency (ODJFS). Eric came to The United States in 1991 as a F1 student at Marshall University. For the next 25 years after his graduation, Eric started as a Desktop Publishing Designer and Corporate Financial Analyst at Champion Industries, Credit Analyst at Bank One, Sir. Financial Analyst at Applied Card System of Cross Country Bank, Internal Audit Manager at Adelphia Communications, Risk Advisory Service Manager and Data Analytic Champion at Ernst & Young, then joined State of Ohio at Department of Budget and Management Agency, and now at Department of Job and Family Services Agency.

Prior to Eric’s career in U.S., he already had seven (7) years of career experiences in China as an Air Traffic Controller, Flight Operation Procedure Designer, Civil Aviation Flight Information Instructor at China Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC), then Regional International Labor Relationship Manager of Foreign Enterprise Service Corporation Beijing (FESCO).

Eric Zhang is also an awarded adjunct instructor at Franklin University since 2009. He teaches Accounting, financial analysis modeling and Data Analytic related subjects.

Katherine Toth,Vice President of operations,FAPAC

FAPAC is an organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for APAs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. FAPAC encourages the participation and advancement of APAs in the Government workforce.

FAPAC is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The primary purpose of FAPAC is to serve as an interagency association within the Federal and District of Columbia Governments, providing a focus for over thirty ethnically distinct groups originating from Asian and Pacific regions as recognized by the United States Bureau of the Census.

Our webinar will feature Katherine Toth, who will provide a presentation on how to look for and apply to jobs in the public sector. You can learn about them here at this link: https://fapac.org/

PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Webinar Series Schedule:

1. June 13th, 1 to 2:30 pm PDT: Public Service Internships 101

2. July 11th, 1 to 2:30 pm PDT: Young Leaders Speak Up! – Policy Advocacy

3. August 8th, 1-2:30 pm PDT: How to Become Civic Leaders with a Minority Ethnic Background

4. Sept. 12th, 1-2:30 pm PDT: Mobilizing the Community – A Merged Webinar with the 2020 National Leadership Civic Forum

5. Oct 10th, 10:00 -11:45 am PDT: Career in Government

Remember, this is the fifth and also the last one of our five webinars, each with their own specific topic and particular speakers are chosen from their expertise in that field. Come to our webinars and earn a Badge at each one. Collect four of the five badges and receive a Certificate recognizing your completion. Be sure to invite your friends and family!

Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) incorporated in Washington DC since 2013. CLUSA was founded by Mr. Sandy Chau, chairman of the board, and represents his vision and hopes of Asian and Pacific Islanders being involved in civic leadership.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, our main objectives are to empower and organize the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities to create a national network of civic-minded organizations and leaders. This network of leaders will work in unity to facilitate a much more involved and engaged community.

The principal activity of CLUSA is to sponsor civic leadership forums and public service internship programs across the nation. Aside from helping the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, we are all-inclusive and welcome people of all races and cultures to join us in our mission.

To support public service/government internship programs, CLUSA hosts an annual national internship training conference to train and connect civically minded students nationwide. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we have moved our national student summit online and welcome you to join our “Young Leaders for America: Summit 2020”!

Young Leaders for America (YLFA) is a cohort of civically engaged students and intern alumni from CLUSA and its grantee organizations that is dedicated to fostering young AAPI leaders and supporting them in their future ventures as civically involved individuals. Through monthly webinars, we collaborate with CLUSA to spark more involvement within the AAPI communities, especially our young leaders pioneering this movement. Our group has three main goals: Equip, Embolden, and Engage.

If you’d like to know more, don’t hesitate to reach out. Please feel free to ask questions and engage with others within this community. We’re here to help!

Training Partners:

  • Young American Policy Advocates (YAPA)
  • Young Leaders for America (YLFA)
  • Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA)

Organizations collaborating with CLUSA in Public Service Internship Program:

  • Asian American Civic Scholars of St. Louis
  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Alaska
  • Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC)
  • ACA San Diego
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA)
  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI)
  • API LEAD
  • Citizens for Better Community (CBC)
  • Chinese Friendship Association of Portland
  • Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)
  • Florida Educational Alliance Inc
  • Hanlin Educational Foundation of America
  • Korean American Coalition National (KAC)
  • Muslim Educational Trust
  • National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA)
  • National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
  • OCA Greater Houston
  • Tampa Chinese Presbyterian Church
  • United Chinese Americans (UCA)
  • WA Chinese Community Coalition

Media Partner: Ding Ding TV

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Rising Telehealth Behavioral Health Practices-Centering the Needs of Historically Marginalized Youth in California #2: How might community-based organizations provide student support, and what can school systems learn from, related to COVID-19 telehealth?

10:30am – August 5, 2020 | Timezone: US/Pacific

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC is pleased to partner with The Catalyst Center, with sponsorship from the California Department of Education and Wellness Together, to offer two webinar sessions to support the California school mental health workforce, school site leaders, and systems leaders. These sessions are presented by community-based and youth-centered organizations and agencies from whom we can learn to guide our telehealth approaches, practices, and policies. The aim of both sessions is to lift up rising practices: stories of resilience as providers innovate ways to help youth access behavioral health amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
COVID-19 has forced us into conditions that challenge best practices for serving the mental health needs of youth we marginalize. The school behavioral and mental health workforce has the opportunity to learn from community-based service providers who have pivoted their models of care and engagement, implementing creative methods of virtual practice to ensure communities receive the care they direly need. Through these two sessions, we hope to support California school mental health advocates, educators, administrators, and other school systems leaders in managing stress and trauma in their communities.
Each session will highlight voices of experience from community-based organizations that have been innovative and student-centered in their response and resilience to this moment. Their learnings will help us identify, adopt, and implement innovative, student-centered telehealth strategies for our students’ equitable mental health access.
Optional Continuing Education Hours are available for a processing fee of $25 payable to the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) following the event. Up to 3 CE Hours are available for ASW, BRN, LCSW, LEP, LMFT, LPCC, and/or PPS as required by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and CA Board of Registered Nurses. CARS is an approved provider for: CA Board of Registered Nurses #16303 and CAMFT #131736. CARS Continuing Education Refund Policy: No refunds will be issued after the certificate has been issued.
Session 1: How might we partner with and listen to youth/students whom we marginalize, specifically in their telehealth experience during COVID-19? 
Monday, August 3, 202010:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT (view your time zone)
REGISTER HERE >
Meet the Presenters
Anh TaAssistant Director, Trauma Transformed
Anh/Jeks (pronounced “Ang” like Ang Lee), pronoun: Anh. Anh is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the Assistant Director of Trauma Transformed, a program of East Bay Agency for Children. As a consumer provider, Anh does not “think outside the box” but instead has a “think as if there is no box” approach to all aspects of life. Also known as Jeks, Anh is a gamer, bard main in tabletop games, a streamer coach, and digital community coach. Anh has worked with digital communities and youth communities for more than 15 years and has been implementing trauma-informed and healing systems digitally and locally for the last five years.
Marissa SnoddyClinical Director at RYSE Center
Marissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Clinical Director at RYSE Center in Richmond, CA, where she leads and provides trauma-informed, culturally relevant, youth- and healing-centered therapeutic and integrative supports and programs for young people. She believes healing is essential to liberation, therefore mental health systems must be transformed to be racially just, affirming, and accessible. In addition to her work at RYSE, Marissa is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the MA in Counseling Psychology-Drama Therapy program.
Session 2: How might community-based organizations provide student support, and what can school systems learn from them, specifically related to COVID-19 telehealth? 
Wednesday, August 5, 202010:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT (view your time zone)
REGISTER HERE >
Meet the Presenters
Francine OstremClinical Supervisor at Lincoln
Clinician, teacher, trainer, and supervisor, Francine Ostrem’s mental health work is devoted to children and families impacted by trauma and/or autoimmune conditions. A chronic stress psychotherapist, Ostrem, Ph.D., LMFT, Expressive Arts Specialization, works at Lincoln, a mental health non-profit in West Oakland, and as part of a research and clinical team at the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF. She is also in private practice in Berkeley. Ostrem is the developer of PAINT (Psychotherapeutic Art Interventions for Navigating Trauma), a school-based mental health initiative that seeks to reduce the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences through expression and relationship. PAINT is the recipient of an ACEs Aware Provider Engagement Grant. This trauma protocol has been fully translated to Telehealth.

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Rozlyn Wing-Man KwongClinical Trainer and Evidence-Based Practice Coordinator with Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services
Rozlyn Wing-Man Kwong, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) is currently the Clinical Trainer and Evidenced-Based Practice Coordinator with Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a multi-service agency in Los Angeles, CA., where she provides training, supervision, and support for staff in their implementation of therapy practices that are evidence-based. Rozlyn holds multiple certifications to provide treatment, supervision, or training in various evidence-based practices, including Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for Traumatized Children, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Seeking Safety, and Positive Parenting Program (Triple-P). She is also endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family & Early Childhood Mental Health as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and a Reflective Practice Facilitator II. She is passionate about helping children and families improve relational dynamics, heal from trauma and relational losses, and restore potential to be in meaningful relationships.
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AAPI Unity Webinar Series

July 11, 2020 11am-12pm PT/ 2pm-3pm ET

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Young Leaders for America Summit 2020

June 13th, 1:00-2:30 PDT

About this Event

Want to get involved within the community, make a change through civic engagement, or obtain a leadership role? Join our online webinar: a 90-minute session that will guide all participants on how to be a leader.

CLUSA and Young Leaders for America are pleased to invite you to join the Public Service Internships 101 webinar on June 13th, 1:00-2:30 PDT.

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Mindy Kim
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
Executive and Board Assistant at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
Mindy is a South Korean and grew up moving around to different countries. She graduated with a double major in International Affairs and Foreign Languages from Lewis & Clark College in 2019. Mindy currently works at a non-profit in Portland, Oregon that provides services for immigrants and refugees.

Adarsh Chandra
Stockton Mayor’s Office Summer of Service
Undergraduate Student at UC Davis studying Managerial Economics and Political Science
Hey everyone, my name is Adarsh Chandra and I am a student at UC Davis and before that, I was a student at San Joaquin Delta College. I thoroughly enjoy spending time on the couch and sifting Netflix for hours only to end up on my phone once I do find something to watch. As a panelist, I hope to answer questions, share my experience, and motivate everyone to pursue internships and leadership roles in our community. I am very excited to be at the YLFA Summit and I can’t wait to meet everyone.

Nathan Yang
LEAD, District Office of Senator Wieckowski
LEAD Alumni
Hello, my name is Nathan Yang, and I am a rising junior at Dougherty Valley High School. In 2019, I had the honor of participating in the LEAD program, which helped me start a path towards civic engagement and leadership. Through the LEAD program, I had the opportunity to intern at the District Office of Senator Bob Wieckowski, where I learned the role that a district office plays in a community. I am excited to be part of this panel, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!


PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Webinar Series Schedule:

1. June 13th, 1 to 2:30 pm PCT: Public Service Internships 101

2. July 11th, 1 to 2:30 pm PCT: Young Leaders Speak Up! – Policy Advocacy

3. August 8th, 1-2:30 pm PCT: A Civic Leader’s Journey with Minority Ethnic Background

4. Sept. 12th, 1-2:30 pm PCT: Mobilizing the Community

5. Oct.10th , 1-2:30 pm PCT: Future Career in Government

Remember, this is just the first of our 5 webinars, each with their own specific topic and particular speakers chosen from their expertise in that field. Come to our webinars and earn a Badge at each one. Collect all five badges and receive a Certificate recognizing your completion. Be sure to invite your friends and family!

The principal activity of CLUSA is to sponsor civic leadership forums and public service internship programs across the nation. Aside from helping the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, we are all-inclusive and welcome people of all races and cultures to join us in our mission.

To support public service/government internship programs, CLUSA will host an annual national internship training conference to train and connect civically minded students nationwide. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we have moved our national student summit online and welcome you to join our “Young Leaders for America: Summit 2020”!

Young Leaders for America (YLFA) is a cohort of intern alumni from YAPA and CLUSA that is dedicated to fostering young AAPI leaders and supporting them in their future ventures as civically involved individuals. Through our webinars, we collaborate with CLUSA to spark more involvement within the AAPI communities, especially our young leaders pioneering this movement. Our webinars have three main goals: Equip, Empower, and Engage.

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COVID-19 Webinar Series

Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Asian and Asian American Students



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Rise: Asian Pacific America


Assemblymember David Chiu ,
Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus

Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, is working with Asian American elected and community leaders around the country about the anti-Asian hate we’re all seeing throughout our diverse communities.  He and his colleagues would like to invite you to “Rise: Asian Pacific America“, a series of online town halls throughout the month of May which is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The town halls will discuss where we are today, where we’ve been as a community, and where we need to go, to rise up to the challenges we face in the near and remote future. 

Guest speakers will help frame the conversation, and voices from around the country will be invited to take part in the discussion, with opportunities for conversation among all participants. These interactive, multimedia convenings are scheduled for one hour on four consecutive Fridays — May 8, 15, 22 and 29 – at 8pm EST/ 7pm CST/ 6pm MST/ 5pm Pacific Time.

More information will be available in the coming days.

To add your organization’s name in support of this event, please contact Cat Nou at cat.nou@asm.ca.gov.

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Asian American Unity Webinars

AAPI Solidarity Confronting COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar Purpose: To strongly and forthrightly speak with one unified voice in alliance with those that have similar ideals, in the spirit of Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC) primary purpose, fighting against racism and xenophobic acts falsely targeting at Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities as responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The primary purpose of AAUC is to forge unity among a diverse group of multi-cultural AAPI national and regional organizations to develop civic leadership, build political clout, fight against racial bias, and achieve equality for the AAPI community in the USA.  www.asamunitycoalition.org

Save the date:

April 25th at 11:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern

 Please register HERE

Webinar three sectors:

  1. INSPIRE: constructive info & resource by dynamic speakers as keynote speaker or in panel.
  2. CHALLENGE: share our challenges and needs (listening process for public awareness)
  3. ACTION: what do I/we commit to do about it. (moderated Q&A).

Theme: Social Justice/Hate Crime/Racism

Speakers:


U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her fourth term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens.

Grace is the first and only Asian American Member of Congress from New York State and the first female Congressmember from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.

Grace is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, Homeland Security, and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for funding every federal agency, program, and project within the United States government. She also serves on the House Ethics Committee. 

Grace is also a Senior Whip and Regional Whip for New York, and a founder and Co-Chair of the Kids’ Safety Caucus, the first bipartisan coalition in the House that promotes child-safety issues. She helped create and serves as a founding member and former Co-Chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus which works to mitigate excessive aircraft noise that adversely affects communities.

Grace has passed several pieces of legislation in law. These include laws about religious freedom, making Queens historic sites part of the National Park Service, striking “Oriental” from federal law and protecting public housing residents from insufficient heat. Also signed into law were her measures to assist veterans and members of the military, and provisions to improve consumer protections and safeguards for children.

In addition, Grace has fought to expand opportunities for communities of color, young people and women, and she secured resources to help local small-businesses.

Born in Elmhurst, Queens, and raised in the Bayside and Flushing sections of the borough, Grace attended local schools, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

Prior to serving in Congress, Grace was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer.

Grace resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, two sons – Tyler and Brandon – and her dog, Bounce.

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