Esther's coaching program

Hiiii friends and family!

I'm super excited to participate in a 9-month professional coaching program that starts this fall called Coaching for Transformation, and I'd love your support! The CFT program is a way to build my skills as a facilitator holding space for individuals and communities--especially for API communities across generations--to heal, thrive in our lives and relationships, and step into our power as allies for social and racial justice. 

Will you support me?

The cost breaks down like so:
$7,495 Program cost if paid in full by Sept.
+ $500 - $1,000 to get coached for 3 months
- $2,000 scholarship award
Total = $5,995 raised by September.

That's the short, TLDR; version! It's all love if you can't contribute toward this goal right now. Thank you for the time and attention you're sharing with me today. <3

Keep reading from here for the rambling, joyful, impassioned version, if you're into that. :) 

As part of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council ’s Healthy Neighborhood Market Network (HNMN) program, I've been working with corner store owners and their customers to make fresh, nutritious, delicious food options available in so-called "food desert" or "food swamp" neighborhoods.

Our conferences for corner stores center the leadership and struggles of structurally racialized communities, and build the capacity of immigrant mom n'pop small market owners to work with their neighbors to provide culturally responsive, fresh, nutritious food with dignity.

Since 2013 I’ve witnessed hundreds of corner store owners coming together from all over the city, seeking a better way -- to sell food that tastes good, nourishes the community, and is good for business. I facilitated in-language healthy food retail workshops, multi-lingual peer learning dialogues, and supported individual store transformation projects as requested.

As the resident Korean speaking program associate, the work I do with the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network is only possible through relationships of trust and collaboration with Korean speaking corner store owners and a diverse customer base in the community. With coaching, these relationships can become more than store transformations for improved food retail environments, but intentional, personal transformations that support community-serving immigrant small business owners to step into roles of conscious leadership within the neighborhoods they serve, and particularly for Koreans to recognize our fate as inextricably linked with the future of beloved black and brown communities - our family - in the US.

The stories of neighborhood market owners and their customers are stories of a global diaspora that make up the backbone of our city. Our shared history lends itself to solidarity. I believe that in sharing the work of food justice, we honor a sacred connection we have to ourselves, to each other, to the earth and to spirit.

It takes many acts of love, wrapping around people, weaving through systems, to make food a vessel that nourishes all who touch it from soil to plate, that activates connections, generates healing, transformation, and immense energy for collective liberation. And no act of love is small.

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Hacienda Heights, CA
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