This year, I'd like to dedicate our birthday to CAGP.
My fundraising goal reflects my brother's and I birthday: March 24.
Raksmeymony (Rex) Yin's Story:
Our family was transitioining into a new life in Philadelphia in the mid-90s and my parents were recipients of CAGP's social services; receiving a tremendous amount of navigation support. When I was little, I remember walking through the doors of North Office and being greeted by Ms. Rorng Sorn. I felt welcomed and accepted. I never imagined that two decades later that I'd work for an incredible organization and have the opportunity to steer programs that will impact generations to come.
When we were in elementary school, my brothers and I were enrolled in the cultural dance program, then in it's middle school summer program, and during my senior year of college, Rorng and Cindy supported my senior thesis on the academic pathways of Cambodian Americans in Philadelphia. These small experiences were all building blocks to something bigger.
I am truly grateful for Sokmala for giving me the opportunity to support CAGP's children & youth development program. I started as a grant writer and a middle/high school youth program coordinator, then over time became more involved with the elementary OST program and community partnerships/collaborations, and now I serve as the Children & Youth Development Director. I can't believe how far I've grown through CAGP and I'm even more excited for the future.
I am saddened that we won't be able to celebrate Cambodian New Years at CAGP's Annual Celebration but I confident there we will persevere and thrive. I am uplifted by memories of my joyful mom at community gatherings by Family Support Services, preschoolers playing in their learning centers and at the park, elementary school students excitement with enrichment projects, high school student's aspirations to impact their community, and dedicated staff working tirelessly for our members.
Your financial support ensures that we're able to continue to make long-lasting memories and impact.
Thank you for supporting our team's birthday fundraiser!~