My driving force is to live a long, healthy life in order to see my boys grow up. I've since spent the past two years not only trying to shed the pounds and live a healthier life, but to be the very best version that I can be in order to be a role model for Vincent and Theo.
This is why I'm excited to run the 2020 New York City Half Marathon this March for Apex for Youth.
Founded in 1992, Apex for Youth delivers possibilities to underserved Asian and immigrant youth in NYC.
Apex for Youth currently serves students from 1st to 12th grade in New York City. Apex' suite of programs begins in elementary school, providing students with structured academic and social activities to improve their communication skills and provide opportunities to interact with adults. In the middle school and high school years, Apex encourages more personalized one-to-one mentoring to build deeper relationships with youth and address their specific needs. High school students also can access more rigorous academic assistance from Apex to prepare them for college.
Immigrating here from the Philippines in 1992 I understand the difficulty for these kids to grow up and acclimate to life not only in the United States, but in New York City in particular. Often they are taken for granted because they're part of the "model minority" when, in reality, they crave and need academic support and mentorship that all other children do. One out of every four Asian-American students in New York City either don't graduate high school on time, or don't graduate at all. As an Asian-American immigrant, as an educator, and as a mother I truly value the work that Apex does am honored to run on their behalf.
For more details on Apex, please visit their website at https://www.apexforyouth.org/