/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 here: self-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!
WHAT YOUR DONATION MAKES POSSIBLE:
• $183 CAD x 6 delegates
• Includes accommodation, meals, and programming from March 23-26 inclusive
• $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
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!
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.
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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