Building on its 27-year history of providing comprehensive services to the Southeast Asian community, CSEAs new Families Advancing Racial Equity (FARE) program will focus on increasing resources that engage Southeast Asian families to become advocates for their childs education and the creation of a 15-member Southeast Asian Commission to advocate for Southeast Asian families. The Commission will focus on the development of cultural competency training for educators and social workers, and will work to increase the number of Southeast Asian educators and social workers in Rhode Island.
We are so excited for the opportunity to work with the Kellogg Foundation to support Southeast Asian families in Rhode Island, said Channavy Chhay, CSEAs Executive Director. FARE will create a fair and equitable foundation for our families to thrive in the state of Rhode Island.
To ensure the programs sustainability, CSEA is partnering with the Rhode Island Foundation and the Department of Children, Youth and Families and was awarded a match to the Kellogg grant in the amounts of $150,000 and $167,400 respectively.
Southeast Asians are often seen as an invisible community in Rhode Island. Resources do not come easy to minimalized communities like ours and this funding will provide great opportunities to develop and support strong and prosperous families in Rhode Island, said Chhay.