FYLPRO’s Caretaker Project awarded $25K Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund Grant

by PDM STAFF

NEW YORK – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a Washington, DC based non-profit organization of high-performing, next-generation leaders, was among 21 winners selected to receive a grant from the Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund. FYLPRO was awarded $25,000 for its Caretaker Project.

“We are excited and honored to receive this generous grant from the Booz Allen Foundation to launch our Caretaker Project to provide vital services to our kababayans during COVID-19,” said FYLPRO President Joshua Ang Price.

Joshua Ang Price

“This grant is absolutely huge for FYLPRO and the Fil-Am communities we serve, which is a population prone to service gaps and misinformation. Our COVID-19 Task Force envisioned this project as a way to help fill those gaps and address the unique needs of our communities as we all weather this pandemic together.”

The Caretaker Project will launch as a virtual help desk to connect Filipinos with vital, culturally relevant services such as wellness resources and legal assistance, debunk misinformation and warn against fraud and scams, and improve data collection to serve the community better. This project aims to fill gaps in services for the most vulnerable social groups — seniors, frontline workers, and the unemployed. The anticipated rollout will take place in October 2020 through a proprietary web-based platform, Tayo, with an initial focus on the Los Angeles area.

Leezel Tanglao

Leezel Tanglao, chair of FYLPRO’s COVID-19 Task Force, and FYLPRO board member developed the Caretaker Project. The Project team includes Tiffany Batac, project manager; Dexter Ligot-Gordon, product manager; Pia Besmonte, project operations coordinator; and Jiggy Villanueva, product designer. They all lend their talents from Kalibrr, Southeast Asia’s highest-rated job search application. FYLPRO board members Joshua Ang Price, Krystle Canare, Donny Rojo, TJ Simba-Medel, and FYLPRO alumnus Mark Calaguas round out the Caretaker Project team.

Over 150 individuals reviewed the Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund grant applications during a multi-tiered evaluation process. From 3,000 applications, only 30 semi-finalists virtually pitched their projects to a team of external evaluators with backgrounds in innovation, grantmaking, and entrepreneurship. The Booz Allen Foundation Board evaluated and approved the 21 winning teams.

“In this unprecedented time, we asked applicants to provide their best and brightest ideas to solve the most pressing issues caused by the pandemic—and help those vulnerable populations most impacted,” said John M. Murdock, President and co-founding board member of the Booz Allen Foundation. “The Booz Allen Foundation is honored to provide funding to a diverse set of winning teams developing high impact solutions that will not only change the world, but also provide hope.”

In response to the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, FYLPRO formed the COVID-19 Task Force in April 2020 to tackle Filipinos’ specific needs in the diaspora and back home. The task force created the COVID-19 Relief Fund to support these efforts as part of its formation.

The FYLPRO COVID-19 Task Force is looking to identify other collaboration opportunities in the United States and the Philippines. Potential partner organizations or prospective beneficiaries for FYLPRO’s COVID-19 regional relief program should complete their information request form. The FYLPRO COVID-19 Relief Fund also accepts donations at fylpro.org/support. For additional questions, please email covidresponse@fylpro.org. — With Jay Domingo

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