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S P R I N G   F O R W A R D  |  May 2016

We have migrated to a quarterly newsletter to keep you posted on our activities.

SAVE THE DATE – Sunday, July 24, 2016
Planning for APA's Annual Gala is underway for a buffet reception on July 24 at 5:30 pm. The venue for our event is The Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, across from the City Hall. Please contact Angie Khong, for sponsorship opportunities and participation.  

Client Success
While APA is known for helping parents become great parents, teaching important parenting skills and about child development, it is an agency that recognizes the importance of economic self-sufficiency as well. Through our workforce development program, we help to eliminate barriers to getting jobs. The following is an example.

Ms. Yu is a single mother who had been struggling financially to care for her young daughter after losing her job as an electronics Warehouse Assistant. At an Early Childhood Education Job Fair at City College of San Francisco, she was recruited to join APA’s Employment Program. Our staff invited Ms. Yu to attend agency events to network and get support from her peers. She became active in the community: volunteering for Head Start and taking parenting courses. She was motivated but needed help getting her foot in the door in the child care industry.

APA staff referred her to a short-term child care position at Chinese for Affirmative Action, and she was later selected for a part-time temporary child care position at one of APA’s satellite offices. With some work experience behind her, Ms. Yu got a job interview at a child care center. APA Staff acted as one of her references and helped her with filling out forms. In the end she was offered the position of Substitute Teacher’s Aide, receiving $16/hour. See additional success stories here.
Community Exposures To Chemicals
APA has a long history of collaboration with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to educate our families about exposures to environmental toxins and chemicals in our products and food, particularly fish. APA has conducted outreach and education to make the community aware that consumption of certain fish especially those caught in the San Francisco Bay, may lead to poisoning that will affect the health and development of babies, young children and adults.
Now, in partnership with CDPH and the Sequoia Foundation, a pilot study is being conducted to actually measure the amount of these chemicals in our bodies. The biomonitoring program, titled the "Asian and Pacific Islander Community Exposure (ACE) Project," will provide the State and community information about levels of exposure to mercury, other heavy metals, and chemicals among Chinese people in the Bay Area.
APA Holds Annual Community Events for Families and Children  

Our families in many of our neighborhoods do not often have opportunities to be out, enjoy free fun and creative activities and enjoy a meal together in a community setting. APA is fortunate to have a number of sponsors who understand that gathering within the neighborhoods builds families and communities. It gives both the parents and children a time to enjoy each other, play some fun and games, and enjoy cultural experiences through presentations and entertainment.

Sutter Health CPMC, one of our premium sponsors, supports two Family Days, one in Visitacion Valley and one in the Tenderloin annually. These activities include health screening, petting zoos, carnival games, cultural entertainment, and a luncheon. There are informational tables available with resources that can assist the families too. Our next Family Day is at the Tenderloin Rec Center on June 3, 11 am - 2 pm, sponsored by Sutter Health CPMC. Please join us!

We teamed up with CYC, a sister youth-serving nonprofit organization, for a Thanksgiving program and outreach event for our clients in Chinatown at the Willie Woo Woo Wong Playground. This event was partially funded by a Paragon Real Estate Group Community Fund. Our Family Holiday Party allows children from all of our 7 locations to have at least one very nice gift during that season. Volunteer and professional groups such as NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals), Project by Project, and APA’s own young professionals group Urban Fam, and others all contribute to making this signature event a very special time in this very special season. We thank all our sponsors, including Moms Against Poverty, and Barney & Barney for this event, for making these events possible. We hope you’ll join us as a volunteer and support our Holiday Toy Drive in the future.

More Ways You Can Donate To APA...
We have set up an account with Chloe's Closet, a children's clothing and toys consignment store to receive 50 percent of the cash for your sold consignment after an item fee deduction. Please go in person to set up an account first at one of their three locations. Select check payout instead of store credit when filling out the Consignment Agreement. When you bring in your items, please write "APA Family Support Services #18770" on each bag.
We are already registered and ready to receive donations through AmazonSmile which is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. The site will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. Click here to get started...
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS   Chair  Rose Chung  Miss Asian Global Pageant  |  President  Cary Chen  Recology  
Vice President  Jacqueline Huie First Republic Bank  |  Secretary  Julie Hoxie  University of California, Berkeley
Treasurer  Joyce Tso, CPA/ABV  ASAM, LLP  |  Mai-Sie Chan, M.D.  Private Practice
Van Diep  KTSF-TV, Channel 26  |  Stephen Koh, CLF  MassMutual Financial Group
Fanny Lam  Paragon Commercial Brokerage  |  Susan Sung, Ph.D., Professor Emerita  San Francisco State University
Dean Yao, Ph.D.  Jinfonet Software  |  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH
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