To support NaFFAA’s major goals, below are some of the Key Initiatives for 2017-2018:
This year, NaFFAA will focus on engaging and empowering young Filipino Americans in order to build the next generation of NaFFAA leaders. NaFFAA recently launched its inaugural Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration (EPYC) Ambassadors Program, which aims to strengthen the personal and professional development of young Filipino Americans through networking, sharing best practices, leadership-building, and mobilizing around issue-based campaigns. The program will consist of representatives throughout its thirteen-member regions, in order to build local infrastructure. NaFFAA will also develop a mentorship program to launch in 2018.
As a federation of associations, NaFFAA strives to help build the capacity of Filipino American organizations in order to better serve their communities. In May 2017 during Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, NaFFAA hosted its first-ever “Federation Forum,” a leadership development summit with representatives of ten national Filipino American organizations. Held in Washington, DC, delegates participated in activities focused on strategic planning and fundraising, discussed their collective agenda, and met with leaders from the Administration and Congress to discuss key issues impacting Filipino Americans. NaFFAA is looking to replicate the Federation Forum at the regional level in 2018.
NaFFAA’s signature civic engagement program, “FilAm Vote,” aims to unite, build, and increase political empowerment through voter registration, voter education, voter protection, and Get Out The Vote (GOTV). In 2017, NaFFAA will focus on increasing Filipino American voter turnout during the gubernatorial election in Virginia, and will build its infrastructure in preparation for the midterm elections in 2018.
Over the past 20 years, NaFFAA has led advocacy campaigns and built strategic relations with policymakers at the federal, state, and local level. NaFFAA will also ensure that Filipino Americans have a seat at the table during key policy discussions with the Administration and U.S. Congress. NaFFAA is also the only Filipino American member organization of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of more than 35 national AAPI organizations.
NaFFAA successfully helped lead efforts for Congress to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II veterans, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2016. NaFFAA is committed to supporting the outreach and fundraising efforts of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP). NaFFAA will also raise awareness around the Filipino Veterans Parole Program, which allows certain family members to reunite in the United States.