By Amanda Wake
|Judy Wu on The Kapor Center's|
We closed out our session with a trip down the street to the Kapor Foundation's mural (created by local artist Favianna Rodriguez) outside of their new building, The Kapor Center, on 22nd and Broadway in downtown Oakland. There we found a picture of SAFIRE alumni, Judy Wu under the heading "It's time to develop our next leaders."
This image was taken from a picture of Judy while facilitating a Youth and Climate Justice workshop in 2009. As Judy starts her first year at UCLA the SAFIRE girls this Fall continued what she started in 2009 when we kicked off our climate justice and youth work. This is a true example of leadership development and what SAFIRE strives to do, continually build the leadership of Asian young women in Oakland.
This is also what leadership development is all about. Here are some quotes from SAFIRE on what this Fall session has meant to them:
"All you do is smile and laugh here at SAFIRE." – Renee
"I can speak my mind here and there’s no wrong answer. If this was school I would get an A+." – Miranda
"I didn’t think I would make a lot of friends here. I was just going to stick with the girls I came with. But I made friends with everyone!" – Soriya (first time in SAFIRE)
"Now it’s easier to talk in class. I’m a speaker now." – Vy
"This was the most FUN session. We’ve all gotten really close. I’ve learned to open up more and be more confident and independent." – Chrystal.
"I’m more independent and less afraid of being myself." – Kandace
"SAFIRE is my second home." – Sophia
Happy Holidays from SAFIRE!