As an emerging educator, young women such as myself, find difficulty in seeing themselves holding positions of power. There has always been an “invisible” glass ceiling that can only be seen by underrepresented people of multiethnic descent and injustice. First-generation professionals who wish to excel in their craft have a limited community of mentors who are able to extend their hand in developing young minds. Seeking positive role models is only possible if desperately seeking for one. Only few of us have been fortunate enough to find guidance within our own community. However, the mentors that do offer their support are some of the most incredible individuals that have already inspired so many people through their actions alone.Manang Kirin Macapugay embodies a unique mentorship style which represents the very idea of progress, change, and humbleness. Her guidance has helped me grow through the years and continues to inspire my willingness to remember our people’s struggle and to instill hope for our future through resiliency. This non-profit will eradicate uncertainty in all areas of professionalism by generating hope and inspiration for many motivated individuals who believe in the power of building together.
Jessica Mercado, Aspiring Teacher
Former Pilipino Culture Night Director, San Diego State University AB Samahan
Not only is Kirin Macapugay and outstanding contribution to the San Diego community, but she has helped me flourish as a non-profit board member and paved the way to continue my academia. She provides her expertise to issues a budding non-profit and community organization would encounter. Her knowledge and experience in the field and education of social work help me to prepare and to apply for the rigors of the social work graduate program. Forever grateful for her kindness and guidance.
Christian "CV" Vallido
Emerging Leaders Institute, San Diego - Director of Training
Former President, San Diego State University, AB Samahan
Kirin has set high standards for contributing to San Diego's community. With her experience in social work, non-profit management, and dedication to the AAPI Community. For years, I've had the privilege to call Kirin my mentor. She is my sounding board, resource, and gives practical advice for my different avenues. Even with the many hats, she wears Kirin shows great care and support.
Nicole Saley Diwag
Former President, CSU San Marcos Kamalayan Alliance