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Empowerment

Educational Scholarship Fund

The Educational Scholarship Fund was established in 2003. LAWA inaugural scholarship of $1,000 was awarded on Mother's Day Banquet in May 2004.  Since then, we have awarded 6 college scholarships.  In 2008, we have expanded the program to include vocational training scholarship to women. Beginning in 2009, the women scholarship is extended to include funding to obtain GED as well.

Lao School and Youth Activities

The Lao community in the nation's capital felt a need to preserve the Lao language and culture.  We started to offer the learning classes since LAWA was established.  Both Lao language and culture dance class are opened to all Lao American and all nationals who have interest and want to learn Lao culture and language.

Youth Conference 2004

Building Leadership and Developing Communities was held on August 6-8 in Seattle, WA. Three youth (two college and one high school students) and two Board members from LAWA attended this conference.

The issues presented and discussed at the conference were about college preparation, public speaking, resume writing, job and interview readiness, and other introductories for college and job market. The conference was organized and hosted by the Lao Student Association of the University of Washington and the Lao Family and Youth Service in partnership with the Seattle Community.

Capacity Building

In 2004 LAWA received the Values, Empowerment, Resources, and Betterment (VERB) Grant. Although LAWA is the recipient, the funds meant for the benefit of the whole community.

Women Empowerment

Co-sponsor of Feminist Expo in 2000 for Women's Empowerment
The convention was sponsored and produced by the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Co-Sponsor a march to end World Poverty and Social Injustice in 2001
The march was sponsored by the National Organization for Women (NOW).

 

 
 
 
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