Anamatangi Polynesian Voices

Anamatangi Polynesian Voices

‘Anamatangi Polynesian Voices (‘APV) is a Silicon Valley grassroots organization advancing systems-impacted communities through heritage preservation and civic engagement. ‘APV has primarily served Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families, families in East Palo Alto and the wider County of San Mateo.

Anamatangi Polynesian Voices

‘Anamatangi Polynesian Voices (‘APV) is a Silicon Valley grassroots organization advancing systems-impacted communities through heritage preservation and civic engagement. ‘APV has primarily served Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families, families in East Palo Alto and the wider County of San Mateo. Founded by Appollonia ‘MamaDee’ Grey Uhilamoelangi and Senita Uhilamoelangi, ‘APV is a recognized grassroots power at the federal, state and county level and commits to mobilizing around California’s most pressing social issues (housing, climate change, immigration, and mental health). APV unites all BIPOC to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work. Vision: We envision a just world where Pacific Islanders and communities who share our aspirations and struggles have the power, resources, and voice to determine our own futures, and where we work in solidarity to drive political, social, economic, and cultural change. Our primary programs and initiatives reflect the diverse communities we serve. Our Communications initiative, Take The Mic Program, is a culturally-relevant program that equips Peninsula-Bay Area youth (ages 12-24) with communications media skills, mental wellness, and cultural knowledge. Our Comms Core Internship Program focuses on building out our organizational communications and advances student interest and experience in communications media and community organizing. Our To Tonga With Love campaign is our statewide initiative around climate change. Thanks to our 250+ public and private donors, we’ve collected $1.2 million USD in medical supplies, food and water systems to distribute to families and villages impacted most by the Hunga Ha'apai-volcanic eruption.

About the Organization:

‘Anamatangi Polynesian Voices (‘APV) is a Silicon Valley grassroots organization advancing systems-impacted communities through heritage preservation and civic engagement. ‘APV has primarily served Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families, families in East Palo Alto and the wider County of San Mateo. Founded by Appollonia ‘MamaDee’ Grey Uhilamoelangi and Senita Uhilamoelangi, ‘APV is a recognized grassroots power at the federal, state and county level and commits to mobilizing around California’s most pressing social issues (housing, climate change, immigration, and mental health). APV unites all BIPOC to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work. Vision: We envision a just world where Pacific Islanders and communities who share our aspirations and struggles have the power, resources, and voice to determine our own futures, and where we work in solidarity to drive political, social, economic, and cultural change. Our primary programs and initiatives reflect the diverse communities we serve. Our Communications initiative, Take The Mic Program, is a culturally-relevant program that equips Peninsula-Bay Area youth (ages 12-24) with communications media skills, mental wellness, and cultural knowledge. Our Comms Core Internship Program focuses on building out our organizational communications and advances student interest and experience in communications media and community organizing. Our To Tonga With Love campaign is our statewide initiative around climate change. Thanks to our 250+ public and private donors, we’ve collected $1.2 million USD in medical supplies, food and water systems to distribute to families and villages impacted most by the Hunga Ha'apai-volcanic eruption.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

26-30 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

26-30 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

The Issue:

Persistent racism and economic disparity continue to plague our local communities of color. The effects of trauma are everywhere and the impacts have grown significantly during COVID. Multiple layers of trauma arise from living on the edge economically, coping with racism, and dealing with illness and death from COVID. Moreover, our local leaders suffer from burnout. To move forward, we must change the equation. Healing our community must become as central to our mission as handing out food and household supplies. We currently connect people to mental and physical health services to address immediate problems, but we don’t focus on the multiple aspects of wellness. To heal the community, we need to heal its members so they can engage in ways that are nourishing to themselves and others. With this background in mind, we are honored and excited to present our vision for the Mana Wellness and Leadership Initiative. The initiative has three parts: Leadership and Development, Healing and Solidarity, and Research, Evaluation and Documentation.

The Solution:

This proposal is divided into three parts: a) leadership and development, b) healing and solidarity, and c) research, evaluation, & documentation Leadership and Development. We will cultivate a new generation of local BIPOC leaders who recognize the centrality and power of healing our community even as they build capacity for development and policy making to challenge injustices and influence change. Create and center our movement on workshops, courses, mentorships, and curriculum for the development of BIPOC communities in policy and capacity building. Workshops will be formal and informal so that the coalition will be strengthened and given the skills sets thrive, network, and advance for social improvement. Healing and Solidarity. We will enlist practitioners from various disciplines to help community members learn approaches for dealing with trauma by cultivating inner compassion and self-care. Because everyone is different, we will engage people with a range of secular and spiritual traditions so they can develop their own toolboxes of wellness insights and practices. Practitioners will host interactive workshops to enhance the emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, and social aspects of wellness. Because different people respond to different approaches and practices -- there’s no ‘one size fits all’ we’ll offer sessions that cover a range of approaches Research, Evaluation, and Documentation. We will develop the capacity to research, evaluate, and document our own work, such that we own our own data and develop the skills to effectively assess and communicate our accomplishments. We’ll create blogs, papers and other materials that can be used to advocate for our community and to promote policy changes. We’ll participate in workshops and conferences to share what we’re learning and cross-pollinate with other organizations. Though we are a small organization, we have been a cornerstone of the East Palo Alto community for decades. All the skills and expertise needed to execute this proposal are either part of our own direct experience or will be delivered in close partnership with knowledgeable and experienced collaborators who we know and value.

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