Summer 2014 Peer Mentorship Program
Written by Verena Kwan
Monday, 04 August 2014 17:34

This summer, APWC re-initiated our summer peer mentorship program. Our volunteer peer mentors were given the opportunity to meet with the youth living in our transitional shelter twice a week to discuss changes in our environment, healthy eating habits, reusing vegetables to recreate art, exploring different cultural practices, life skills discussions, and field trips that encouraged potential future careers. The curriculum was designed to initiate the discussion of various future careers and the global climate challenges our community currently faces.

The client’s favorite activity involved growing tomato sprouts under different conditions while learning to use the scientific method. Each child was challenged to hypothesize the different growth restrictions plants faced with deficient water supplies, deficient sunlight, poor soil nutrient, or growth in a healthy habitat. Clients monitored the growth of the plants and ended each session with an open Q&A.

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A tomato plant that received ideal growing conditions with both sunlight and water. 

Aside from learning about pesticide-free plant growth, our clients learned about California’s current drought, the strategic planning of grocery store layouts and health, and the significance of exercise in healthy behaviors. This program was led by two of our profound volunteers, Monica and Mirian, who continually show their commitment in service to our community.

Our youth also enjoyed exciting educational field trips this summer, including hiking in Griffith Park, swimming at a community pool and exploring the beach! 

Left: Vegetable and fruits were used as stamps to make the quilt squares. Right: Clients painted their very own rocks.
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Mobiles made by our youth clients using materials they found in nature during a hike. 
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12th Annual Metamorphosis Gala Musicians
Written by Verena Kwan
Friday, 23 May 2014 19:40



Jason Arimoto

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Originally from Hawaii, Los Angeles-based Jason Arimoto, also known on YouTube as “facemeltingukulele,” is a featured artist on the Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning album, Abe Lagrimas Jr. and Friends - Solo Ukulele: The King of Pop and is a two-time winner of the Ukulele Underground Award for Best Vocal Performance of the Year. He has attracted a following for his blues ‘ukulele covers and his original music blends his island roots with reggae and blues, with soulful vocals combining with a bluesy ‘ukulele tone. Jason performs weekly at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, California.

Jason is a lead instructor for ‘Ukulele Creations, a comprehensive music program developed together with six-time GRAMMY award winner, Daniel Ho. ‘Ukulele Creations classes are offered in Downtown Los Angeles at U-Space, an ‘ukulele café-school-store in partnership with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.






Valentine Hadiyat

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Valentine Hidayat, known on YouTube as "heyitsvalentine", began singing in 2009 as a backup vocalist at her home church in Northern California, where she also picked up the guitar and learned a couple simple chords. In winter of 2010, Valentine posted her first YouTube video of Kina Grannis’ song “Valentine”. Music has since become an outlet for Valentine where she can listen to a song, sing, or play the guitar to de-stress after a long day. Since her first video post, Valentine was inspired to continue singing and posting videos by encouragement from her friends and family. In April 2013, Valentine had the opportunity to sing and be featured on an original song called “Take The Sky” produced by Smash Hitta, which she took part in co-writing with two other talented artists, Adien Lewis and Lil Crazed.

Valentine is now currently working on her first single, “Circles", which will be available on her YouTube channel soon - a preview is online now!





Leroy Sanchez

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Leroy Sanchez, known on YouTube as "superleroyvv", originally hails from Spain’s rural mountainous Basque region. He is a self-taught musician who has amassed 300,000 subscribers on YouTube with over 35 million video views and counting and has signed a recording contract with Rebel Rock & Interscope Records.

Leroy’s covers vary, from Bonnie Raitt to Rihanna to Frank Ocean to James Morrison, always picked based on whether he felt a personal connection to the music. In early 2010, Grammy-Award winning producer and songwriter Jim Jonsin (“Lollipop” Lil Wayne, “Sweet Dreams” Beyonce, “Whatever You Like” T.I., etc.) found Leroy’s videos and invited the singer to Miami for a week. Jim signed Leroy to his Rebel Rock label shortly after. Now based in Los Angeles, Leroy has been crafting his debut album over the past year with the help of Jonsin, Rico Love (“Sweet Dreams” Beyonce, “Hey Daddy” Nelly, “Without You” David Guetta, etc.), Frank Romano, Finatik & Zac and Jenn Decilveo.


12th Annual Metamorphosis Gala Honorees
Written by Verena Kwan
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:16



2014 Metamorphosis Honoree: Amy Elaine Wakeland


Amy Elaine Wakeland is a community and women's advocate and is the First Lady of the City of Los Angeles. She has spent her career focused on economic, social, and environmental justice issues and currently serves on the Board of Directors of People Assisting the Homeless and Just Detention International, and on the Advisory Boards for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. She is a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship and the Truman Scholarship. She will receive the Metamorphosis Award from APWC at our gala this year.






2014 Corporate Honoree: Verizon Wireless

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Verizon Communications Inc. is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services. Verizon Wireless is committed to improving people’s lives and the communities we serve in the areas of education, healthcare and sustainability. Verizon Wireless is also on the forefront of domestic violence prevention by investing in organizations that provide education, prevention, care for victims and empowerment resources. Notable Verizon programs dedicated to domestic violence prevention are Your Voice Counts, HopeLine® and NO MORE. Verizon Wireless has been an amazing supporter of APWC, not only by providing capital support for our programs, but also by providing hundreds of HopeLine phones for our survivors to make cell phone calls to loved ones.


2014 Community Honoree: Korean American Family Services

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Founded in 1983, the mission of Korean American Family Services (KFAM) is to support and strengthen Korean immigrant families and individuals in the greater Los Angeles area through counseling, education, and support services. Established by Korean immigrant women concerned about lack of services for immigrant women and children, particularly domestic violence victims, KFAM has since grown into the community's family resource center and gateway to family violence, mental health, and social services promoting the safety, recovery and wellness of underserved Korean American families. Today, KFAM serves nearly 7,000 low-income clients each year. Recently, APWC partnered with leading organization KFAM on the Korean Domestic Violence Response Network Project, an initiative that strengthened and streamlined service delivery for many survivors in our community.




2014 Volunteer Honoree: Phil Young

Phil Young

Phil Young is a Native Californian from the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up, he volunteered with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. He then pursued a career in Entertainment industry, beginning in San Francisco. After a one-year contract at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Phil headed to Los Angeles. Since then, he's been seen on shows such as General Hospital, Southland and Modern Family, to name a few. Phil has volunteered with APWC for over three years and has dedicated countless hours to our families. From tutoring our teens to hiring a professional Santa for client holiday parties, Phil is always there to support.


Volunteer Spotlight: Qiu Foggarty
Written by Asian Pacific Women's Center
Monday, 12 May 2014 23:44

Qiu Fogarty

Qiu has helped out APWC tremendously in the past few months by volunteering as the Program Development Intern. Her duties included documenting protocol and refining our current service delivery model. Qiu's work is crucial to APWC's services because it allows us to help our survivors in a more efficient manner.

Originally hailing from New York, Qiu is preparing to graduate from Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice and Change. Qiu is deeply passionate about and committed to equity. She hopes to pursue a career in social justice education and organizing though in non-profits and community groups or higher education.

All of us at APWC will miss her dearly, and wish her the best in everything she pursues!


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