West Bay Seeks to Reverse Young Filipinos' Low School Performance, Top Filipino Leaders to Mentor SF Kids

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June 25, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – Eight Filipino Americans, including California State Assemblyman Rob Bonta, will mentor eight children from underserved San Francisco neighborhoods.
The children, who attend San Francisco nonprofit West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center’s free after school program, were selected for their outstanding academic performance.

“We want our outstanding Filipinos to show their mentees the way, by inspiring them and teaching them the lessons they learned on their own journey to achieving success,” said Rudy Asercion, executive director of West Bay.

Recent studies show that many Filipino youth were unable to get better paying, highly skilled jobs because they did not get sufficient preparation for the workplace while in school.

The California Standardized Test Scores for ten urban areas (including San Francisco public school students) shows that Filipinos in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades have the highest percentage of students below ‘Basic’ among other Asian groups and Whites in both English-language Arts and Math, ranging from 19 percent to 37 percent.

In the 9th to 11th grades, 42 percent of Filipino students fall in the ‘Basic’ and ‘Below Basic’ levels on the Star Math Test.

“This is why we, as a community, must link arms to help our young Filipinos have a better shot at a decent future,” said Asercion.

West Bay honored eight leaders as the Bay Area’s Distinguished Citizens for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields in a benefit luncheon and auction last June 22, Saturday at the Hotel Intercontinental on Howard St., San Francisco.

West Bay’s board of directors and officers selected eight outstanding leaders to serve as role models and mentors to Filipino youth in underserved communities.

The awardees are as follows:

Public Affairs -
Rob Bonta, 
California State Assembly member, representing the 18th District

Corporate Leadership- Ezra Garrett, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Vice President for Community Affairs

Community Service- Marily Mondejar
, President, Filipino Women’s Network

Medicine-
Dr. Carmelo Roco MD
, Internal Medicine, Private Practitioner

Education – Jeffrey Burgos
, Principal, Roof Top Elementary School

Innovation -
Ralph Colet, 
Chief Engineer, Colet Special Vehicle Design

Entrepreneurship-Rod Mercado
, President and CEO, Financial Rescue LLC

Philanthropy – Angie Louie
, Owner, Hana Zen Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar
The event was presented by Clearchannel Outdoor together with Hotel Intercontinental San Francisco, and supported by Financial Rescue LLC, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce.

Proceeds from the event will benefit West Bay’s Academic Enrichment and Mentorship Program, which provides free after school tutorials to students from K-12 in underserved communities. /WESTBAY

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