NaFFAA conference focuses on youth engagement

CARSON, CA — The National Federation of Filipino American Associations is holding its 13th national empowerment conference.

As community leaders converge in Carson City, California — they also have their eyes on future leaders.

“I would like to believe the seeds needed to blossom and reverse this trend of being an invisible minority have already been planted, and have found fertile ground tended by the new generation of intelligent and ambitious. Filipino Americans. The young millennials that are here today please raise your hand,” said Adel Cruz, LA PH Consul General.

From an entertainment panel to a youth health and wellness discussion —  there was something for everyone.

“We all come from the same culture. Doesn’t matter, where you’re from what upbringing you have, we’re all here for one united purpose,” said John Catral, NAFFAA Southwest.

“It’s an opportunity because it’s a way for us to meet some of the older folks too,” said Raphael Natividad
from EPYC.

With an emphasis on youth engagement, the conference featured a special edition of TFCU Talks with a very special guest.

Inigo Pascual who’s been making waves crossing over from Philippine showbiz into the U.S. mainstream scene, not only treated fans to a performance, but also gave advice to fellow young Pinoys as he brought his grandfather on stage reminding the crowd what it’s like to be Filipino.

“I feel like this generation we should give them support but also give them that fee of culture and being in another country, I feel like we need to give importance in giving that vibe to them and not just being Filipino and making them understand what being Filipino is. And I feel like events like this really empowers the not just the youth, but everybody to reach for what they want to do in life.”

The empowerment conference lasted until Saturday, with elected officials and other community leaders expected to tackle many issues in the Filipino community from the census, to voting, and immigration.

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