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FYLPRO supports young Filipino American leaders in US and Philippines

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FYLPRO supports young Filipino American leaders in US and Philippines

About a quarter of Hawaii's population have some Filipino ancestry -- and it's inspired some in the community to create a pipeline of leaders from the next generation.

The Filipino Young Leaders Program or FYLPRO was founded by former Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia, inspired by a meeting held in Hawaii nearly a decade ago.

FYLPRO board president Louella Cabalon joined Good Morning Hawaii to talk about the organization's work in Hawaii and across the world. More than 85 Filipino Americans are alumni of the group's immersion program, which sends about a dozen young leaders each year to the Philippines to build relationships and develop projects aimed to uplift their communities.

Due to the pandemic, the in-person immersion program was postponed last year. This year, there will be an online summit in November.

FYLPRO also launched an online helpdesk to aid fellow Filipinos via tayohelp.com to help them navigate through COVID-19, advocate for more vaccines to be sent to the Philippines, and urge more Filipinos take the vaccine.

The organization also speaks out on national issues like the "Stop Asian Hate" campaign, the 2020 Census and elections to make sure Filipino American voices are represented. 

For more information and to volunteer or donate, visit fylpro.org.

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