In-School Programs

About Us

FAJ’s in-school programs are a self-esteem building project that focuses the students’ attention away from substance use, violence and other non-constructive behavior towards positive personal development, leadership skills and community wellness. Its purpose is to encourage realistic goals and healthy decision making through interactive educational workshops, preventative mentoring and community engagement.

Students will be encouraged to voice their own thoughts and feelings about issues that may affect their lives. This program is offered by Filipino Advocates for Justice through funding from Alameda County Behavioral Health. Students can join weekly youth meetings led by our staff to explore social justice, community issues, self-care and community-care practices, and community-building exercises.

We’ll cover Filipino culture, history, family, friends, decision-making, health, goal-setting, and more! We meet once a week during school.

Schools we host our In-School Youth Programs at

Itliong Vera Cruz Middle School Girls, Trans, and Non-Binary Group (GTN)

For femme, trans, and non-binary identifying 8th graders.

Itliong Vera Cruz Middle School Boys Group

For male identifying 8th graders.

Irvington High School

Open to all grades for Filipinx identifying students.

James Logan High School

Only for freshmen Filipinx youth.

Soledad Fernandez Scholarship,
Monica Weiss Never Give Up 

The $5000 Soledad Fernandez Scholarship is endowed by the Cora and Pablo Tellez family who were inspired by Soledad Fernandez’s “zest for life and love for her family” among other qualities. Soledad provided loving care for Cora and Pablo’s infant son for which the Tellez family is eternally grateful. Tita was 74 years old when they met her. 

Soledad “Tita” came to America after World War II with three young children. She was joining her husband who preceded her to the United States. Her excitement at finally joining her husband and starting a new life together was short-lived. A month after her arrival her husband died making her the sole breadwinner for her family.

While college-educated with a degree in teaching, Tita was unable to find work as a teacher. She worked as a cafeteria worker at Treasure Island. There, she worked hard, made many friends, and with her earnings, managed to buy a house and send all three children to college. Tita was not one to dwell on her personal sacrifices or hardships. Her gentle smile said it all – perseverance can transcend whatever hardships life presents. Her faith in herself and the universe made her a pillar of strength for her family and her friends.

“Remarkably,” says Cora, “she volunteered to care for our infant son and he was cherished and loved as though he were Tita’s own grandson. We were struck by her zest for life, her love for family, her intelligence, her intellectual curiosity, her interest in people, and her all-consuming love for baseball! She spoke three languages fluently. Her home was the gathering place for friends, family and newly arrived Filipinos seeking opportunities in America. A woman of grace and courage, Tita was always interested in young people – what they thought of the world, how they saw life and trends. She was also very interested in how young people in America were coping with the opportunities and challenges presented to them. Tita was proud of being a Filipina in America.” 

Do you have any questions, or would you like to become a member?

Fill out our contact form and a staff member from our youth organizing group will be in contact with you!

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