Initiative intends to jump-start a movement of cohesion between all Fil-Am leadership conferences across the country.

Fil-Am Leadership Conferences across the Nation Collaborate on a Unifying Theme

Delegates from across the nation will, for the first time, attend Filipino 
American leadership conferences
that are under one, unified theme – “Your Move.” Inspired by last year’s theme, “Rise,” members in Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. (UniPro) developed a concept to challenge delegates to leave their mark by making their move. After collaborating with other organizers across the country, it was agreed upon to carry out the conferences under one theme that would create an overall sense of unity. 
 
Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. (UniPro), Filipino Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro), and Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration (EPYC) hope this initiative will jump-start a movement of cohesion between all Fil-Am leadership conferences across the country. Rachelle Ocampo, President of UniPro, states, "We wanted to show that unity can be accomplished and all it took was to reach out and talk to each other. The usual talk about collaboration among Filipino organizations across the nation is old news, but this milestone is significant. We encourage organizers with similar interests to contact us." 
 
The first of three conferences will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Hawaii for the Fil-Am Young Leaders Summit. The keynote speaker will be Tony Olaes, President and CEO of ODM Enterprise as well as Chairman of U.S. Gawad Kalinga. The May 3rd Fil-Am Young Leaders Summit intends to bring outstanding young leaders from all over the country to empower, inspire and discuss solutions on how to advance Fil-Am advocacies. One of the objectives of the Summit is to educate our youth – why Filipinos act a certain way and if the stories are the same across the nation. What happened in our Philippine history that made us who we are today? For more information, please visit www.fylsummit.com 
 
Following this conference, the movement will continue to New York City with the Annual UniPro Summit: The Multinational Forum for Pilipino Young Adults, Students and Youth at Fashion Institute of Technology on Saturday, May 31st, 2014. UniPro wants to challenge the delegates to find themselves in their community and address their community needs by aligning themselves with community organizations and to not limit their potential. Through panel discussion, guest speakers will present how they found their place in the community, what they have accomplished, what issues they are tackling, what still needs to be accomplished and how the delegates can contribute. For more information, please visit www.unipronow.org 
 
Then, the final conference is the youth-oriented component of The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) annual empowerment conference, called Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration (EPYC) in San Diego, California from August 7 to August 10. The leadership development institute aims to facilitate collaboration between regional Filipino American student organizations across North America, for the purpose of networking and sharing of best practices for student organizing. They envision an international community of Filipino American student leaders that consistently communicate, learn from each other, and exchange ideas for improving reach to/impact on Filipino American youth and promote substantial, sustainable, more effective mobilization of the youth. For more information, please visit empowerment.naffaa10.org 
 
Continue the discussion by sharing what your move is with: #MyMoveIs 
 
FYLPro – KIT ZULUETA faylsummit@gmail.com (808) 291-9407 
UniPro – RACHELLE OCAMPO info@unipronow.org (908) UNIPRO8 
EPYC – LEEZEL RAMOS leezel@naffaa10.org