Mano Po Spring 2016 Internship

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Spring 2016

Mano Po Internship

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San Francisco is rapidly transforming into one of the most desirable places to work and live. Developments in Downtown, the Financial District, and the South of Market (SoMa) are expected to bring thousands of additional residents and workers to the city. While these may be positive changes for the city, what happens to the histories and culture of existing neighborhoods? Are past stories preserved and how can the existing community live and work with the changing neighborhood?

The Veterans Equity Center (VEC) is a non-profit that was initially established to serve and advocate for Filipino World War II Veterans, widows, and their families. Filipinos have a rich history in San Francisco. VEC was created to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services for the Filipino community. More recently, VEC alongside other community advocates and workers formed the Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP) to address the housing needs of the Filipino community. VEC has expanded its services to provide housing assistance for seniors, immigrants, and families, many of whom reside in the South of Market.

One of VEC’s goals is to ensure that the interests and homes of our clients are preserved and protected. This is a critical time for the SoMa community and VEC is interested in stabilizing the existing residents and workers. We are currently searching for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues that affect our community such as: Veterans issues, immigration, and affordable housing for immigrants, families, seniors, and youth.

Position Title: Mano Po Intern
Mano Po Interns will work alongside VEC staff and community workers to provide support services for seniors and adults with disabilities. In addition, they will assist BiSHoP staff in serving low income SF residents in finding and applying for affordable housing in San Francisco. Lastly, interns will be exposed to the history and current socioeconomic landscape of the South of Market, a neighborhood learning to withstand the effects of development and gentrification.

For a description on intern tasks and benefits, please refer to the 2nd page titled “Mano Po Internship Committee”.

  • VEC welcomes students, community advocates, and individuals from all walks of life
  • Bilingual (Tagalog, Ilocano) applicants are encouraged to apply
  • Attend weekly Mano Po Intern meetings (Time and Location TBA)
  • Commit at least 4 hours of community service work per week to VEC and other community partners
  • This is an unpaid internship. School/Volunteer credit is available upon request
How to Apply:
Please email your application to: Caroline Calderon and Mary Roque at (Subject: Mano Po Internship) or mail/drop off your application at the Veterans Equity Center. If you have any additional questions please call (415) 255-2347.

Spring 2016 Internship Application



Mano Po Internship Committees

The Mano Po Internship will provide interns training and tasks in the below mentioned areas. Interns will have the opportunity to choose an emphasis in a particular area; however, all interns will be exposed to each of the following committees when necessary:
MEDIA & OUTREACH COMMITTEE: Do you like to blog? Are you interested in making documentaries? Are you looking for experience in journalism? Would you like to connect with other student organizations and community based organizations in other cities?
  • Blog about current Filipin@ American issues and community input towards equal treatment
  • Create a newsletter/website to inform and educate others on community topics
  • Be a historian for current community issues and find ways to creatively and effectively document and publish interviews and community events
  • Build networks with local and national media outlets and increase public awareness by utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and other social media
  • Collaborate with residents, workers, local schools, city government, and non-profit organizations in the South of Market Area
EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Are you a natural born educator? Do you want to strengthen your public speaking skills? Do you like to create interactive lesson plans for other students to learn various issues impacting the Filipino community?
  • Facilitate workshops on the current issues facing the Filipino Community
  • Coordinate with the Outreach Committee to do presentations and conduct educational forums
  • Partner with elders, educators and community members to develop talking points to influence legislation
LEGISLATIVE & POLICY COMMITTEE: Are you interested in social justice? Do you believe in changing specific policy that is unfair both locally and nationally? Do you want hands-on experience in lobbying legislators, coordinating lobby visits, and training others to do the same?
  • Learn your local and national legislators who represent the district where you reside
  • Meet, contact, and develop relationships with representatives and/or their staff
  • Develop artistic workshops to articulate one’s voice and strengthen skills to impact legislators
  • Collaborate with the education committee to draft letters and other documents
  • Advocate for SoMa Pilipinas and community preservation by attending public hearings or community events
PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE: Do you like working one-on-one with seniors? Are you searching for an opportunity to be directly involved in programming that provides positive impacts to the community
  • Participate in programming: Arts and Crafts, Exercise Group, Bingo, Computer Classes, Food Distribution, Immigration Legal Clinic, BiSHoP Housing Workshop, BiSHoP Drop-In Clinic, etc.
  • Contribute to organizing and planning for community events: Barrio Fiesta, Veterans Day Parade, etc.
  • Assist staff in activities for seniors and people with disabilities (senior programming at the rec center, etc.)
  • Gain experience in recruiting, organizing, and supervising other volunteers.
  • Actively work on community campaigns.

Spring 2016 Internship Application



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