ACLF offers 10 scholarships to “Political Empowerment – Process and Strategies” course

ACLF is enthusiastic to partner with South Seattle Community College (SSCC) and trainers Velma Veloria and Alice Coil to offer 10 scholarships to cover full registration for individuals interested in attending their class “Political Empowerment – Process and Strategies” from May 13- June 10 at SSCC’s campus. (See press release below for details). The trainers and SSCC have graciously reserved full scholarship slots to ACLF’s constituents.

This is an excellent opportunity for Asian Pacific Islander community members who seek to further careers/skills in the political process (whether it’s working on electoral campaigns, policy/legislative advocacy, running for office, etc.) to receive training from experts and practitioners in the political/electoral sector!

Please email by Wednesday, May 5 if you are interested in a scholarship and for more details. Inquire now!

*Note: All interested individuals will be considered, however, priority consideration will be given to alumni of the ACLF Community Leaders Program (CLP) seeking to further careers/skills in public policy advocacy and electoral politics. Scholarships cannot be offered to ACLF’s current CLP 2010 participants because the course schedule conflicts with ACLF’s scheduled CLP training sessions.

Cherry Cayabyab
Executive Director
Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation
206.625.3850 ||

Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:34 PM
To: Cherry Cayabyab; Cherry Cayabyab
Subject: FW: Press release – “Political Empowerment for the Rest of Us” class update

See below, latest press release.

Join me


Political Empowerment for the Rest of Us – Speakers & Panelists Announced Political veterans and community activists Velma Veloria and Alice Coil share tricks of the trade.

Thursdays, May 13 – June 10, 2010
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
South Seattle Community College
6000-16th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Cost: $60
Contact: (206) 764-5339

Well known former State Representative and activist Velma Veloria, and educator/activist Alice Tan Coil have teamed up to offer an informative and engaging five-session course entitled Political Empowerment – Process and Strategies. The non-credit class, offered through South Seattle Community College’s Continuing Education Department, will demystify the political and policy making process, enabling attendees to recognize their own leadership potential, gain confidence in their ability to participate in the public sectors, and advocate for change.

A unique feature of the course is the opportunity to interact with community leaders and learn from veteran insiders about their journeys and passion for public service.

By the end of the course, participants will have gained an understanding of party politics, running a campaign for office or an issue, fundraising and media skills, who’s who in area politics, and how to translate their own skills into a career in the political realm.

Course Schedule (additional guests to be announced)
Week One, May 13
Public Leadership – The Inside Story
Representative Phyllis Kenney; King County Councilmember Larry Gossett; Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien

Week Two, May 20
Serving Our Communities – Government and Political Parties 101
George Cheung, Executive Director, Win/Win Network; Dwight Pelz, Chair, Washington State Democrats; Ralph Munro, former longtime Washington Secretary of State

Week Three, May 26
Skill Building Workshops I & II – Political & Community Organizing
Henry Yates, Lobbyist; Nori Catabay, Project Manager, King County Green Tools

Week Four, June 3
Skill Building Workshops III & IV – Running for Office & Positioning for Appointments
Guests TBA.

Week Five, June 10
Class Presentations
Mock press conference format; guests, community leaders and classmates will offer evaluation and critiques.

“We created this program to empower the new generation of community leaders,” said Veloria. “And we especially hope it inspires individuals from diverse racial, cultural, educational, professional, and socio-economic backgrounds – those who, in the past, may have not seen themselves as participants in the political process.”

This class is for everyone with an interest in the political process! No prior knowledge required.

Register online at, or call (260) 764-5339 for more information.

Velma Veloria
Philippine-born Velma Veloria was the first Filipina American to serve in the Washington State Legislature (1992-2004). Among her many accomplishments during that time was the passage of the anti-human trafficking legislation, making the State of Washington the first state in the nation to make human trafficking illegal. She also authored legislation that created a Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Trade Policy.
As a former labor organizer, Veloria has a demonstrated track record of successfully educating the broader community on important working family issues and lobbying for passage of legislation to support families. She is a skilled leader, adept at motivating and mentoring a multicultural workforce to become aware of their potentials. Her passions are sharing knowledge and information, while working with people to empower themselves.

Alice Tan Coil
For over two decades, Alice Tan Coil has been active in community organizations and projects that promote intercultural relations, leadership development, and social justice. She has partnered with educators and community leaders to educate and empower the next generation of women in pursuit of political and public leadership. Coil is currently program specialist for the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative, a program designed to weave together scholarship and action in order to reduce racism and improve pedagogical practices at all educational levels.

South Seattle Community College
The college’s Continuing Education division offers 150 classes each quarter, ranging from computer skills to cooking to home repair. Designed to fit into busy schedules, these classes offer the lifelong learner variety and flexibility, with online and classroom instruction.


Media Inquiries
Public Information Office / (206) 768-6873


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