In light of recent events surrounding the Meadowview area, NPR radio took a year to explore the great things organized in this South Sacramento region. TOFA welcomed NPR radio into its Ambassador program to see all the good our youth have been involved in. At the close of their report NPR hosted a podcast party for all the community of Meadowview in commemoration of all the good within its boundaries.
12 year old Ronald Lavulo (also known as Miah) accepted the opportunity to represent the TOFA Ambassadors on the youth panel at the event. He, along with three others participated in the discussions about some of the difficulties the young people of Meadowview are facing.
TOFA held its 19th Annual Scholarship & Fundraiser Luau on Friday, September 13, 2019 at The Sunshine Event Center in Elk Grove. The luau was well attended by 200 guests. We thank our guest speaker, Darrel Woo, 1st Vice President, SCUSD Board of Education and keynote speaker, Dr. Timothy Fong, Professor, Ethnic Studies / Director and Principal Investigator, Full Circle Project at California State University, Sacramento for coming to share their message to the attendees.
The audience enjoyed the TOFA performances. The performers dressed in native costumes representing the different islands. We want to thank Vise and all the young people for putting on a beautifully cultured performance.
We recognized our 5 scholarship recipients 2019. Yen Marshall and Daniel Van of InspirASIAN presented scholarship certificates to Lisa Hafoka and Jaelen Makasini’s father. Lisa Avila, Republic Services, Frances Palu representing CSUS President Nelsen and Ofa Mann presented certificates to Leslie Cachola, Elizabeth Mann representing Erin Cocker and Fifita, Sokopeti’s sister, respectively. Congratulations to all of you!
Thank you so much to our sponsors for helping make this event a successful one! Please enjoy the photos.
Photos credit: John W Oback for TOFA
TOFA 5th Annual Health & Wellness event was held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Strauss Island in Elk Grove Park. The event theme this year was Finding Fun in Fitness. The program opened bythanking our sponsors, CSD, Kaiser Permanente and Republic Services. Their contribution and support helped made this event possible. The TOFA cultural dancers performed on stage to get the audience energized and ready for some fun.
The participants joined in activities which included a Ninja Warrior Course, Crossfit Course team competition, Touch Rugby, volleyball, and a variety of other competitive games. For the younger children, we had jump houses . The event finished with a Tug-of-War competition.
We want to thank John Mann, Health Fair Event Chair, all the activity leaders, supporters and TOFA Board who helped make this event a success. Our event photos shows that fitness and exercise can, indeed, be fun!
TOFA was a participant at the first annual Elk Grove Mayor's Ball on Tuesday, December 4th. Mayor Steve Ly hosted this event to help nonprofit organizations like TOFA.
Community individuals, friends, families and organizations came together for a night of glamor, music and fun. TOFA Ambassadors joined in the program through song and cultural performance.
Xai and Jason Leggit were recognized for organizing donations to take to the Camp Fire victims. We are pleased that members of our communities are taking action to assist those in need.
TOFA wishes thank Mayor Ly for this opportunity to support the mission of TOFA in providing much needed resources and programs to benefit the Pacific Islander American community of the greater Sacramento region.
Tuition may be on the rise, but that doesn't mean college is off the table for you or a member of your family. No one should be priced out of higher education. Our state Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship programs are among the nation's strongest efforts to help families pay for college tuition.
As Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, I've been working for several years to bolster these programs and help all of our state's students achieve their academic goals.
Cal Grants are available to California resident students who wish to attend two-or-four year colleges or are pursuing technical education. The Middle Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students with family incomes and assets up to $171,000 a scholarship to attend UC or CSU campuses.
Beginning Tuesday, October 2nd, Cal-SOAP (California Student Opportunity and Access Program) will host Cash for College workshops in the Sacramento region. These free financial aid workshops offer help filling out applications for financial aid programs, including with FAFSA, the Dream Act, Cal-Grants, Middle Class Scholarship and Chafee Grants. Experts will be on-site to answer questions and to help with applications.
You and your family may attend any of the Cash for College workshops, regardless of where your child attends high school.
For more information on Cash for College workshops, please visit my websiteor call (916) 324-4676.
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Assemblymember, 7th District
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