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SUPPORT FILIPINO YOUTH LEADERS

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Raised by 49 people in 17 months
SARILING GAWA 
/saɾɪliŋ/ gawa  or sa-REE-ling ga-WAH
definition: “self-made” or “our own work” |  language: Tagalog/Filipino

This March 23-25, 2018, we are sending SIX EMERGING YOUTH LEADERS from the Filipino-Toronto community to SARILING GAWA, an international youth conference for Filipinos in Oahu, Hawaii.

For almost 40 years, “Sariling Gawa magic” takes over in Hawaii as Filipino-American youth come together for a weekend of collaborative leadership training rooted in community love and Filipino values.

WHY FILIPINO YOUTH & WHY US?
Our community is strong in numbers with close to 300,000 Filipinos in the Greater Toronto Area - and our group is among those leading the youth generation to innovate the ways we proudly celebrate and lead from our Filipino roots. (Scroll down & check for updates to meet the delegates!)

  •   We are a dynamic group
of young Filipino/a/x trailblazers fostering vibrant leadership at both the local and international level.
  •   We are dreamers,
builders, initiators, community cultivators, and collectively a catalyst for change.
  •   
We put community first and we work together in to strengthen the Filipino-Canadian identity and futures at schools, universities, in arts & culture, mainstream media, governance and more.

WHY SARILING GAWA YOUTH CONFERENCE IN HAWAII?
In Hawaii, we will learn from the youth leaders and founders’ unique and extremely successful model of leadership training for youth of Philippine descent, and ultimately bring back this knowledge so that we can lead the way towards a stronger, louder, and more powerful next generation of Filipino-Canadian leaders with our own youth camp hereself-made and our own camp with a Toronto twist.

Going to Sariling Gawa to learn from & with brilliant Filipino youth and mentors in Hawaii will be a priceless learning opportunity, but as students, recent graduates, and underemployed workers - we need your help to actually make it there.

By supporting us in going to Sariling Gawa Youth Council’s 38th Conference, you are ensuring that the future of our Filipino-Toronto community is BRIGHT.

You can make this bright future possible. A donation to this group fundraiser is an investment in our Filipino Canadian community.

Maraming Salamat & Thank You!

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HELP BUILD A COMMUNITY OF FILIPINO YOUTH LEADERS:

MEET THE DELEGATES:

Check out our updates as we share each delegate’s profile over the coming weeks:

  • Hilary Naluz (20) | third-year student in History, Equity & English Studies; member of the Filipino Advisory Committee at the Toronto Catholic School District Board; BABAE member; leader with Filipino Students’ Association at the University of Toronto

  • Maria Toquero (22) | fifth-year student in Social Work at Ryerson; emerging artist and production intern at Pineapple Lab for Fringe Manila 2018; Kapisanan placement student; representative to the Filipino Youth Roundtable discussion with MP Gary Anandasangaree

Glyn Narca (20) | third-year student in History and Equity Studies; leader with Filipino Students' Association at the University of Toronto; member of the Filipino Advisory Committee at the Toronto Catholic School District Board; Planning Committee member with Proudly Pinoy

 • Kristian Pacpaco (23) | fifth-year student in Chemical Engineering; leader with the Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson, Ryerson University Chemical Engineering Course Union, Ryerson Engineering Student Society

  • Karla Villanueva Danan (25)  | B.A. International Relations; delegate to United Nations’ 62nd Commission on the Status of Women in New York with YWCA Canada (2018); BABAE member; capacity builder with Kababayan Multicultural Centre; Chair, Board of Directors for Kapisanan

• ...and two more delegates TBA!
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WHAT YOUR DONATION MAKES POSSIBLE:

(1) REGISTRATION....................................................................$1100
• $183 CAD x 6 delegates
• Includes accommodation, meals, and programming from March 23-26 inclusive

(2) FLIGHTS.................................................................................$4800 
• $800 CAD x 6 delegates

(3) CAR RENTAL + ADDITIONAL 3 DAYS...........................$2000
Three days will be spent working on community building, collaboration, and planning with Sariling Gawa organizers. We will require two cars / large vehicle for the duration of our entire time to make it around the island, and have accounted for gas and parking costs. Accommodations on the island of Oahu is very expensive, and we have also accounted for some financial support for food.

(4) TORONTO DONATION TO SARILING GAWA………..$600
Given that Sariling Gawa’s youth and board members are committing a substantial amount of time to developing our youth initiatives in Toronto, including time during their annual conference, we believe it is fair to contribute to their organization with this donation. They are entirely volunteer run, and this aids in their own fundraising efforts for their Hawaii-based work.

TOTAL FUNDRAISING GOAL…………………………………….$8500

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The theme of the 2018 Sariling Gawa conference is:
RISE - RECOGNIZE, INVOLVE, STRENGTHEN, and EMPOWER.

We hope that you will RECOGNIZE the incredible opportunity in front of us. By going to Hawaii, our group will discover and learn new ways to INVOLVE and STRENGTHEN the capacity of Filipino youth in Toronto. Ultimately, your donation will EMPOWER us to reach higher in all that we pursue.

Maraming Salamat & Thank You for your community support!
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DISCLAIMER: Please note that a donation to this campaign is not eligible for a charitable tax receipt and all funds received will be managed by the six individual youth attending Sariling Gawa.
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For more information on some of the organizations that are fostering Filipino youth listed above, please check out their websites:
• Sariling Gawa Youth Council
• Filipino Student Association at the University of Toronto (FSAtT) 
• Filipino Student Association at York University (FSAY) 
• Filipino Canadian Association at Ryerson University (FCAR) 
• KAPISANAN Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture
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WHY DID WE DROP OUR GOAL?

Our delegation flies off to Hawaii in less than two weeks - we can't believe it!

You may have noticed that we dropped our goal from $8,500 to $7,300. Unfortunately, we will only have five total delegates travelling to Hawaii, so we have adjusted the goal accordingly.

We have 14 days before take-off and we're only 33% of the way to our goal. Help us raise $4,866 to reach 100% of our goal! You can check out our updated Budget Breakdown below.

Can you help us get there by sharing this campaign with a friend, on social media, or tell your family about why this is an important moment for Filipino/a/x Youth?

If you haven't already, COME MEET THE DELEGATES:

• Hilary Naluz (20) | third-year student in History, Equity & English Studies; member of the Filipino Advisory Committee at the Toronto Catholic School District Board; BABAE member; leader with Filipino Students’ Association at the University of Toronto

• Maria Toquero (22) | fifth-year student in Social Work at Ryerson; emerging artist and production intern at Pineapple Lab for Fringe Manila 2018; Kapisanan placement student; representative to the Filipino Youth Roundtable discussion with MP Gary Anandasangaree

• Glyn Narca (20) | third-year student in History and Equity Studies; leader with Filipino Students' Association at the University of Toronto; member of the Filipino Advisory Committee at the Toronto Catholic School District Board; Planning Committee member with Proudly Pinoy

• Kristian Pacpaco (23) | fifth-year student in Chemical Engineering; leader with the Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson, Ryerson University Chemical Engineering Course Union, Ryerson Engineering Student Society

• *Karla Villanueva Danan (25) | B.A. International Relations; delegate to United Nations’ 62nd Commission on the Status of Women in New York with YWCA Canada (2018); BABAE member; capacity builder with Kababayan Multicultural Centre; Chair, Board of Directors for Kapisanan
*NOTE: as a non-student and working professional, Karla will not receive any funds from this campaign until all the students' costs have been fully covered.
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[UPDATED BUDGET] WHAT YOUR DONATION MAKES POSSIBLE:

(1) REGISTRATION....................................................................$1000
• $200 CAD x 5 delegates
• Includes accommodation, meals, and programming from March 23-26 inclusive

(2) FLIGHTS.................................................................................$4000
• $800 CAD x 5 delegates

(3) CAR RENTAL + ADDITIONAL 3 DAYS...........................$1800
Three days will be spent working on community building, collaboration, and planning with Sariling Gawa organizers. We will require two cars / large vehicle for the duration of our entire time to make it around the island, and have accounted for gas and parking costs. Accommodations on the island of Oahu is very expensive, and we have also accounted for some financial support for food.

(4) TORONTO DONATION TO SARILING GAWA………..$500
Given that Sariling Gawa’s youth and board members are committing a substantial amount of time to developing our youth initiatives in Toronto, including time during their annual conference, we believe it is fair to contribute to their organization with this donation. They are entirely volunteer run, and this aids in their own fundraising efforts for their Hawaii-based work.

TOTAL FUNDRAISING GOAL…………………………………….$7300
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Meet Glyn Narca:
• Glyn Narca (20) | third-year student in History and Equity Studies; leader with Filipino Students' Association at the University of Toronto; member of the Filipino Advisory Committee at the Toronto Catholic School District Board; Planning Committee member with Proudly Pinoy

I missed out on many summer camps growing up. First of all, most of my childhood was spent in the Philippines and as much as my cousins and I tried making our own version of summer camps, but it wasn't the same as what we saw in movies. When I did move to Toronto when I was 14, we didn't the luxury to go to one. My mom is a single mom with two kids and sending us to summer camps wasn't really a top priority.

When I turned 16, I was able to go to WE's summer camp through a scholarship. Everything was paid for, which was the only reason I was able to go. It was one of the best times of my life, but I felt like something was missing. I didn't feel completely comfortable. I was one of the few people of colour in the camp. It was difficult to relate to the other kids when my experiences as an immigrant child did not align with theirs. I simply felt different. Looking back at it, I now know that 16 year-old me knew something needs to change.

Hence why this trip is important to me. Sariling Gawa Youth Council Conference is for 16 year-old me who would have felt at home at a summer camp surrounded by fellow Filipino youth. For 16 year-old me who would not have felt so different. For the 16 year-old me who would have felt normal. And being able to bring that back here for Toronto-based Filipino youth would make me ecstatic.

I hope you consider donating to our trip in order to make all of these possible. I dream that our next wave Filipino/a/x youth get the summer camp we never got, and we need your help for that to happen.
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Meet Kristian Jeff Pacpaco:
• fifth-year student in Chemical Engineering
• leader with the Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson, Ryerson University Chemical Engineering Course Union, Ryerson Engineering Student Society

WHY IS KRISTIAN GOING TO HAWAII?

I remember coming home everyday in middle school, excited to lay on the couch and watch my favorite Pinoy telenovelas with my mom. I recall being so entranced and enchanted with the shows. The language, the acting, the storylines. Seeing people on TV that looked like me, that I could look up to. It was an incredible feeling, connecting with my roots for the first time. Slowly I got more and more interested in the unique culture and environment of the Philippines. How the way of life back home was oh so different to the only experiences I’ve had in suburban Scarborough. I learned Tagalog solely through telenovelas and, while I was so fascinated and thrilled with learning about this facet of my identity, I wondered why it took so long to latch onto me.

Amongst my cousins in Canada, my parents would be quick to brag that I was the most well versed in Tagalog and Ilocano. Though when surrounded by my Philippine-raised friends, my language skills were elementary at best. I noticed a common trend amongst my Pinoy friends and I - those of us who were Canadian-born tended to lack skills in the Philippine languages. Even for those who were born in the Philippines, their capabilities in their own mother tongue slowly diminished over the years.

I quickly discovered what led to this: many of our parents had the same misconception of the western world. That is, the belief that success comes with conformity and integration into western society. As immigrants who often struggled with grasping western culture, themselves, our parents decided that the lives of their children would be easier if they were completely immersed in it. My friends and I recounted that our parents spoke significantly more English at home, with only some common Filipino phrases, thrown in. While this did help us become accustomed to western culture, it cost me personally, precious time to connect with my roots.

I think of Dr. Jose Rizal:

"Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan." / "He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination."

Rather than minimize the connection with our roots, I hope to encourage Filipino youth to discover a passion for their own culture and learn to celebrate and cherish what makes them unique in the western world. To teach youth to celebrate their own version of success!

Attending Sariling Gawa is a chance for me, personally, to make the connections with my roots that I yearned to do as a child. I hope to learn more about the experiences of fellow student leaders, their struggles and hardships involved in feeling truly connected with their culture, and practice celebrating and cultivating the ethnic pride in our Filipino youths, which is so very important. Like many of my fellow delegates, I also never had the chance to attend an overnight summer camp. The idea of going to a camp never really resonated in me as, in my mind (and particularly due to popular western media), I always thought of camping as a predominantly “white” activity. Now, through Sariling Gawa, I have the opportunity to participate in a camp, that is not only tailored to my community and culture, but a chance to meet people who have had the same experiences as me.

Through this conference, I not only hope to learn more about my roots and hear the stories of Filipino leaders, but also how to promote the celebration of our culture in the western world and celebrate the unique differences that define what makes us Filipino!
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