Ugnayan unites immigrant and US-born Filipino youth, especially the most marginalized youth facing multiple forms of oppression, including but not limited to: young women, youth workers, students, out-of-school youth, faith-based youth, professionals, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and cultural workers in any place or locality.
Ugnayan operates as an all-volunteer organization with the membership as the core of its leadership. From planning to implementation, every contact who becomes a member has an opportunity to contribute to the development of the organization; they are given an orientation, tasked for activities, invited for deeper education work and the skills are shared to run the organization. Space for democratic discussion, consensus-building, and collective decision-making is created to inspire the membership to take a proactive approach to providing solutions to the challenges they face as individuals and as a whole. We have monthly membership gatherings and weekly volunteer sessions where collective discussions, planning and tasking occur.
Who can join Ugnayan?
Ugnayan unites immigrant and US-born Filipino youth, especially the most marginalized youth facing multiple forms of oppression, including but not limited to: young women, youth workers, students, out-of-school youth, faith-based youth, professionals, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and cultural workers in any place or locality within New York, New Jersey or the greater Tri-State Area.
Become a Member
Members believe in the mission of Ugnayan and are between the ages of 13-34 years of age. Anyone who may not meet the age requirements may be a Provisionary Member (12 years old and under) or an Honorary Member (35 years old and over). All members in good standing have equal rights and voting power. [Ugnayan Constitution and By-Laws, ratified by the Membership General Assembly, April, 2007]
Members must 1) complete an application form, 2) complete an orientation, 3) pay an annual $10 membership dues.
Members participate in activities, programs, and committees of the organization and elect the Board of Directors.
Members in good standing may be elected into leadership, the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors leads collectively, implements the general guidelines of the Membership General Assemblies and exercises decisions based on the mission, vision and principles of the organization.
Volunteer Your Time & Skills
Members and volunteers are the base for advancing the social justice work of Ugnayan. We welcome you to take part in the organization’s activities and day-to-day function.
Volunteers share and learns skills in community organizing —
conducting outreach in Filipino neighborhoods,
co-facilitating or assisting in workshops,
creating graphic designs,
writing articles about the conditions of Filipino youth,
contributing cultural skills for events,
…. and more!
Volunteers can come in for as little as an hour to more every week. If you’re interested, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a time that works best with your schedule. Email us at contact [at] ugnayanyouth.org or call us at (347) 298-7964.