APWC Receives $15,000 from Blue Shield of California Foundation
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August 4, 2014

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ASIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S CENTER AWARDED $15,000 TO ENSURE ACCESS TO SERVICES FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


Blue Shield of California Foundation recognizes Asian Pacific Women’s Center as important member of California’s domestic violence field

San Francisco, CA (August, 1 2014) - Blue Shield of California Foundation today announced a grant of $15,000 to the Asian Pacific Women’s Center to support their capacity to provide critical services and shelter for survivors of abuse in the Greater Los Angeles area. These core operating funds offer the flexibility to respond to new demands and opportunities, so that the Asian Pacific Women’s Center can continue to reach many of the most vulnerable Californians.

“As the state’s largest private funder of domestic violence services and prevention, the Foundation is committed to supporting strong organizations like the Asian Pacific Women’s Center,” said Peter Long, Ph.D., president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. “Ensuring they have the resources to adapt and meet the needs of all survivors is critical to achieving our ultimate mission of ending domestic violence in California.”

The Foundation recognizes that reliable and flexible core support is needed to help the field drive even greater impact, and adjust to changes and challenges as they arise.

“We at Asian Pacific Women’s Center and the survivors we serve are so grateful for the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s continued support,” said Kristina Rim, interim executive director of the Asian Pacific Women’s Center. “This grant will help us serve even more clients as one of only three domestic violence agencies in Greater Los Angeles that focuses on the Asian and Pacific Islander community.”

This funding is part of a group of grants designed to empower California’s domestic violence services providers, and enable them to continue making a difference in the lives of thousands of victims, survivors, and families. The Foundation is proud to support the Asian Pacific Women’s Center and nearly every shelter and domestic violence service organization in California.

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About Blue Shield of California Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation is one of the state’s largest and most trusted grantmaking organizations. Our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. To learn more, visit www.blueshieldcafoundation.org.

About the Asian Pacific Women’s Center
Founded in 1993, the Asian Pacific Women’s Center is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to community outreach, raising awareness about domestic violence and the resources available for victims, and fostering violence prevention. Our mission is to provide an environment that is sensitive to the cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander domestic violence survivors and their families, as they acquire the necessary skills and personal strength for self-sufficiency and violence-free lives. For more information, please visit www.apwcla.org or call (213) 250-2977.

 
APWC Announces Partnership with UCLA's APA Health CARE Organization
Written by Verena Kwan
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November 5, 2014

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ASIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S CENTER ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH UCLA’S APA HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION


Domestic violence awareness and services brought to the Asian and Pacific Islander community in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA (November 5, 2014) – The Asian Pacific Women's Center (APWC) today announced their partnership with Asian Pacific American Health Collaboration Access Resource Education (APA Health CARE), a registered health organization at the University of California, Los Angeles.

APWC’s goal in working with APA Health CARE is to increase the accessibility of culturally and linguistically appropriate support services to survivors of domestic violence in Los Angeles County's Asian Pacific Islander community.

Through APWC’s participation in APA Health CARE's numerous health fairs, APWC will have increased opportunity to educate the Asian and Pacific Islander community about domestic violence and provide more services to survivors of domestic violence, especially, survivors who may be unaware of our culturally sensitive services. APA Health CARE's referral system will assist APWC in expanding our reach and services to women and children throughout Los Angeles County.

“APWC is excited to begin this partnership with APA Healthcare because of the hard work and dedication that was needed to develop this partnership, said Kao Tang Ying Moua, APWC’s Volunteer Coordinator. “Through this partnership we plan to reach more than 1000 community members throughout the course of the academic calendar year. Our goal is to educate our Asian Pacific Islander community on the effects of unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence. We would like our community to know we provide supportive services that are linguistically and culturally tailored to meet survivors' needs."

APA HealthCARE’s health fairs focus on the individuals who are at the highest risk: underinsured individuals and families whose income level does not place them below the poverty line. While these individuals have health coverage, there are usually limits in that coverage that often leads to unaffordable health costs. Underinsured individuals are at higher risk than uninsured individuals because there are no safety nets in place for them. APA Health CARE’s health fairs also serve individuals who are underserved due to various barriers such as not having access to a provider who speaks their primary language or not having U.S. citizenship.

Information for the first two health fairs is listed below:

What: Greater Rosemead and SGV 5th Annual Fitness Day and Health Fair
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2014
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Garvey Center in Rosemead (9108 Garvey Ave., Rosemead 91770)
Website: www.fitnessandhealthfair.org

What: Wat Thai Health Fair
Date: Sunday December 7, 2014
Time: 10:30am-2:30pm
Location: 8225 Coldwater Canyon Ave., N. Hollywood 91605

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About the Asian Pacific Women’s Center
Founded in 1993, the Asian Pacific Women’s Center is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to community outreach, raising awareness about domestic violence and the resources available for victims, and fostering violence prevention. Our mission is to provide an environment that is sensitive to the cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander domestic violence survivors and their families, as they acquire the necessary skills and personal strength for self-sufficiency and violence-free lives. For more information, please visit www.apwcla.org or call (213) 250-2977.

About Asian Pacific American Health Collaboration Access Resource Education The mission of APA Health CARE is to Collaborate with existing health care providers and social services n to improve Access, provide links to Resources, and promote health Education for medically indigent, culturally and linguistically-isolated Asian and Pacific Islander American communities in Los Angeles County.

 
Summer 2014 Peer Mentorship Program
Written by Verena Kwan

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
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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.

 

 
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