Friends and families,
This past year, I have been fortunate enough to work with Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) as an Outreach Specialist, moving onwards to be their Team Leader for their Spring program, and now, I have had the most amazing opportunity to be chosen as a Seeding Change Fellow, placed at HIP, for the summer!
Growing up Hmong American, like many others, meant growing up in a low-income community. I didn't realize how different I was from some of the other kids until I began going to school. I remember going to the donation center to pick up a toy and a coat for Christmas and picking plums during the summer with my siblings to help my family make ends meet.
If you know me, you know that I always give it my all to help others. This fuels my passion in the work that I do. They say "be the change you want to see," but we are often stopped in our journeys with the "how?" Seeding Change and HIP were the answers that I have been looking for and am thankful to have come across!
Through Seeding Change and HIP, I am currently coordinating a Community Organizing Day on August 9th for young Southeast Asians in the Northern California. My goal is to empower our next generation of community organizers and leaders to continue striving for change in their communities; for them to bring that passion and knowledge back to their communities.
Within this past month, Seeding Change has enabled me to connect with seedlings across the states who are passionate about creating change in their communities, with sprouts who are standing their grounds, who are at the forefront of making impactful changes in their communities, and with flowers who are spreading their wealth of knowledge and experiences to their communities. Thanks to Seeding Change, I have expanded my skills in organizing, community engagement, interpersonal communication, facilitation, time management, and leadership.
Seeding Change hopes to explore and build a national pipeline for the next generation of AAPI organizers. Over the past 6 years, they have graduated over 120 fellows and placed them in 25 organizations across the country. The fellows have gone on to do amazing things— organizing in immigrant and refugee communities, becoming movement lawyers, writing, creating art, teaching, working on policy— and working on all the issues we care about.
Please help by donating any amount you can or by sharing this link to help Seeding Change continue to nurture and develop new AAPI organizers and leaders for our future! Thank you so much in advance!! I would appreciate any help in any form.
“We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, Knowing that they hold future promise.” - Oscar Romero, “Future Not Our Own"