PbP-LA March 2018 Press Release


Project by Project Los Angeles Chapter 2018 Beneficiary Partner - OCA-GLA

Project by Project - Los Angeles Celebrates Its Fourteenth Partner

Los Angeles, CA (March 7, 2018) – Every year, Project by Project - Los Angeles (PbP-LA) chooses a non-profit organization as a beneficiary partner to advance awareness of important social issues in the Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Islander (APA) community. After an engaging selection process with many community members, Project by Project - Los Angeles is pleased to announce its beneficiary partner for the 2018 theme of Immigration.

Organization of Chinese Americans - Asian Pacific American Advocates is dedicated to fostering the active participation of APIs in both civic and national matters through leadership opportunities and community empowerment activities. The local chapter of this organization in Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA) and PbP-LA are teaming up to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of APIs in the United States.

As APIs comprise 16% of the Los Angeles County population and also achieve the fastest population growth in Los Angeles County, the selection of OCA-GLA as the 2018 beneficiary partner could not be a better fit to raise awareness on immigration issues that affect the Los Angeles API community. When 11% of the undocumented population in United States is of API origin, we must work together to mobilize and defend our immigrant rights and to assist folks through the naturalization process.

This beneficiary partnership will pull together our resources to support a year-long campaign to raise funds for the “Mentored Path To Citizenship” program. In their journey to secure full protection and rights within our country, qualified participants will receive financial aid for their naturalization application, and pro-bono legal assistance from PbP-LA’s past partner, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA). Together with our partner, PbP-LA will capture the stories of participants to showcase not only their struggles and challenges, but also their hopes and aspirations in their path to citizenship.

To ensure the success of the Mentored Path to Citizenship program, PbP has formed a special taskforce from the newly launched CASES Initiative, with OCA-GLA as our first client. CASES are the initials for “Collaborations Accelerating Sustainable Engagements and Solutions,” a non-profit consulting initiative leveraging the diverse and cross-functional skill-sets of our volunteers to tackle specific capacity-building projects. Through interviews, research, and analysis, the CASES teams will produce written deliverables and presentations providing tangible, actionable recommendations to inform the strategy and implementation of our year-long partnership campaign with OCA-GLA. To learn more about becoming a CASES team member or client, please visit https://pbpcases.github.io/.

Partner Kick Off Mixer

To celebrate the launch of our partnership with OCA-GLA Asian Pacific American Advocates, Project by Project - Los Angeles will bring together our friends, guests, and beneficiary partner for a Kick Off Mixer on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at Mama Lion, located on 601 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles, California 90005.

Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/PbPLAKickOffMixer18 for $12, or admission can be also purchased at the event for $20. Dress code is business casual. Light refreshment is provided while mingling and meeting attendees. Learn more about our initiatives this year and how to become more involved with Project by Project.

About Project by Project - Los Angeles

Project by Project (PbP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to cultivate the next generation of Asian Americans in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. Comprised of a team young professionals with diverse backgrounds across all fields and industries, PbP seeks to develop innovative solutions to help local non-profit organizations build and strengthen their capacity to address our community’s most pressing needs. Each year, a different community non-profit is selected to receive aid in its fundraising, community outreach, and public awareness efforts. Each campaign features our signature event Plate by Plate: PbP’s annual tasting benefit hosting the region’s top restaurants and beverage purveyors and attracting thousands of attendees nationwide. Over the last 20 years, PbP has awarded over $800,000 in grants to 35 beneficiary partners, enhancing sustainability in serving the needs of our communities. For our 21st year, the Los Angeles chapter of PbP has chosen to raise awareness for the issue of immigration in the API community with our fourteenth partner.

About OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates

Founded in 1973, Organization of Chinese Americans – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the active participation of APIs in both civic and national matters and striving to instill a sense of social responsibility in the API community through leadership opportunities and community empowerment activities. The goals of the organization are to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity, and fair treatment; promote civic participation, education, and leadership; advance coalitions and community building; and foster cultural heritage. From its inception in 1991, the local chapter OCA – Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA) has made an impact in the greater LA area through community service, advocacy and organizing, education and leadership development. OCA-GLA is one of over 80 chapters around the U.S. that make up the OCA family.