Filipino Young Leaders Program announces third cohort of mentors and mentees in partnership with U.S. Asia Institute’s IMPACT! Internship Program



Alvin Adriano

July 6, 2022

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Filipino Young Leaders Program announces third cohort of mentors and mentees in partnership with U.S. Asia Institute’s IMPACT! Internship Program

Washington D.C. – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) announces 2022 mentor and mentee pairings in partnership with US Asia Institute (USAI) as a means to invest into the youth while providing access to top level leadership and resources. 

The IMPACT! (“Inspiring, Motivating and Preparing for Action towards Civic Transformation”)  Internship Program is a is a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience for Filipino-American young adults to gain a firsthand look at the American government and political system in Washington D.C., to engage civically, and to reflect on the role they, as future leaders, might play in strengthening the US-Philippine relationship. 

As part of the 9-week IMPACT program, participants are paired with mentors from FYLPRO. This year’s mentorship program consists of six bright and passionate young adults and introduces and engages them in government, policymaking, advocacy, and community engagement.

The 2022 FYLPRO Mentees include:

  • Alaine Johnson, Washington, D.C.
  • Steven Gomez Bautista, Jericho, NY 
  • Lana Mae Vanta, Alexandria, VA 
  • Joseph Matawaran, Washington, D.C.
  • Noelle Villanueva, San Jose, CA
  • Zachary Wandalowski, Frederick, MD

The mentorship program facilitates one-on-one, on-demand meetings with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, which consists of FYLPRO alumni and board members:

  • Joyce King, Frederick, MD (Alumni 2019) 
  • Marie Cunning, Phoenix, AZ (Board Member 2022)
  • Lauren Lalicon, New Brunswick, NJ (Alumni 2018) 
  • Louella Rose Cabalona, Chicago, IL (Alumni 2012) 
  • Bryan Ramos, Atlanta, GA (Board Member 2021) 
  • Joshua Ang Price, Little Rock, AR (Alumni 2018)
  • Jessica Velasco, New York, NY (Board Member 2022)

“I benefited a lot from the IMPACT program, and it expanded my horizons to get to know the Filipino-American and Filipino professional community in Washington, D.C.,” said 2022 mentorship committee member Camille Bismonte.

Building upon FYLPRO’s track record of supporting emerging Filipino leaders, the mentorship program builds a community devoted to creating opportunities and enabling FYLPRO to expand its growing membership.  

“We’re thrilled to kick off our second year with an incredible group of mentors and we look forward to supporting our Filipino youth,” commented Alvin Adriano, FYLPRO Chairperson for the Mentorship Committee.  “We recognize the importance of inspiring and educating Filipino leaders and providing them the resources and networks to be successful.”   

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About the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)
FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the  Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic  progress of the global Filipino community.

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