To'utupu 'oe 'Otu Felenite Association
The To’utupu ‘Oe ‘Otu Felenite Association supports and advances the awareness of Pacific Islander issues through education and outreach. The Education Scholarships will be awarded based on the availability of funds to students who will be attending college during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Application and materials must be postmarked by July 25, 2018. An incomplete application will not be considered.
On Monday, May 14, 2018, TOFA Ambassadors and Board members attended the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs (CAPIAA) Public Hearing, where TOFA’s President Ofa Mann sits as a Commissioner. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Chair for CAPIAA, called the hearing to order and public organizations addressed issues of immigration and Health for the Asian Pacific Islander Communities.
Lucy Oback, TOFA’s VP of Operations, introduced TOFA, its Ambassadors Program, and the upcoming TOFA Health and Wellness event on Saturday, June 30th, 2018. TOFA Ambassadors: Louina Hafoka, Amelia Hafoka, Na’ahokonga Hafoka and ‘Ofa Hafoka were acknowledged as representatives from the TOFA Ambassadors Program.
Assembly member Rob Bonta briefly spoke at the hearing advocating support for his Bill that would mandate Ethnic Studies be taught in California High Schools. His passion for this type of education fills the gaps in our rich ethnically diverse Californian History.
Other speakers included Dean Murakami, President of Los Rios College Federation of Teachers, AFT 2279; Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director of California Immigrant Policy Center; and Mona Foster, President of Hui O Hawaii.
Latino Journal held its 20th Anniversary Latino Leaders Recognition on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. Jose Perez, Founder & Chair served as emcee. Ten individuals were recognized during that evening. Awards presented included Outstanding Education Champion presented to Superintendent of Public Instruction Torlakson, Albert Baez STEM Award presented to Matt Martel, Sophomore at Rio Americano High School, Outstanding Hispanic Business Advocate presented to Frank Montes, Chairman of CA Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Outstanding Public Service Awards to six public leaders.
Steve Ly, Elk Grove City Mayor presented a resolution to Jose Perez for his 20 years of serving the Latino community. Several community organizations each presented certificates of recognition thanking Jose for his work. The event was well attended.
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