Phases 1: 4-8 months
- Secure easily accessible office space for core staff and client services, in a Covid 19 adjusted space, that can accommodate community-based research. Ideally the space can be enlarged, post-Covid, to include workshops, teaching, continuing family health, culture development, and civic engagement programs, along with administrative offices.
- Findings from the community-based research will help us identify opportunities for collaboration with other grass roots groups to promote economic growth and employment. In addition, gaps in services that are found will be studied for reformulation.
- To better serve the new groups emerging in EPA we will train more case managers, run workshops tailored to their needs and lobby on their behalves with City and County agencies.
- Find key “lived expertise” individuals to act as advisors as needed.
- Continue to grow and improve current programs and services.
We estimate we will require $100,000+ annually for 2-3 years, plus salaries.
Phases 2: 1-4 years
- Prioritize the growth of new and existing services based on community research findings and our own surveys and interviews.
- Find key “lived expertise” individuals to advise us on the design, development, execution, and monitoring of projects and new programs.
- Get knowledgeable individuals to volunteer as advisors for trouble shooting and strategizing.
- Ask the people we serve and the City and County agencies we interact with to give us performance reviewsafter major interactions.
- Continue to execute projects and programs with quarterly reviews and feedback.
Special Program to generate a cash flow directly into EPA — a Pacific Island themed market place and education center (along the line of a scaled Polynesian Cultural Center). To be studied.
Why your support is important:
The projected funding is needed to fulfill AVP’s core purpose – for our community to have the means to control of our destiny and show our youths that they can develop the leadership skills needed to shape their futures.
For APV this growth is about having a sense of agency. For over 40 years we have been doing much of this work on a shoestring because Pacific Islanders, and increasingly Caribbean Islanders and Nigro Mexicans, come directly to us, not to County offices or other service groups. They know we are inclusive, nonjudgmental, and supportive.
The fact is we have been doing much of this work without compensation and have reached the limits of growth in a time of economic crisis.
It is time for our work to be structured for growth. Funding that matches community needs will make that possible. APV has the credibility, institutional memory, required skills and political clout needed to transform a whole community. That will not be the case in another 5 years.
Pacific Islander Community Profile
Based on 2010 Census brief “The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population: 2010”
- Nearly one-fifth of all households in East Palo Alto are shared with relatives (18.9 percent), double the County average of 8.9 percent
- East Palo Alto has a young population, with 35.1 percent of residents younger than 18, as compared to the County average of 24.3 percent.
- Overall, educational levels in East Palo Alto lag behind San MateoCounty, but there is some evidence that the City is closing the gap.
- After adjusting for inflation, median household income in East Palo Altohas decreased since 2000, dropping by nearly $10,000.
- The percentage of the population falling under 200 percent of the poverty level has risen by more than 10 percent since 2000.
- Average life expectancy in East Palo Alto is 62 years, 13 years less than the San Mateo County average of 75 years.