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Taiwanese American Citizens League

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Community Coalitions, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Minority Rights

Mission: The overall mission of the Taiwanese Citizens League is to enhance the quality of life for Taiwanese Americans. Through L.I.N.C, our work is largely devoted to: Leadership Instilling leadership qualities to enrich the quality of life of ourselves and the communities we serve, while also increasing our visibility. Identity Building an understanding of Taiwanese American heritage, encouraging pride in Taiwanese American identity, advocating for issues pertinent to Taiwanese Americans, and helping to contribute to a Taiwanese American culture ever richer in its diversity. Networking Networking with other Taiwanese American, Asian and Pacific Islander, minority and other citizens, as a means of empowerment, to gain respect from and equality with all Americans. Citizenship/Culture/Community Helping to instill in our community a greater sense of citizenship, stressing both the responsibilities and rights that come with it, so that all may share in the task of forging a strong future and the benefits that follow.

Programs: The purpose of the Taiwanese American Citizens League is to enhance the quality of life for Taiwanese Americans in the US. Our work is largely devoted to building an understanding of Taiwanese American heritage, encouraging pride in Taiwanese American identity, developing a strong Taiwanese American community, advocating around issues pertinent to Taiwanese Americans, and helping to contribute to our culture, ever richer in its diversity. Its programs serve to benefit all ages, but have all emphasized on leadership and identity development programs for youth, encouraging involvement and development in areas that Asian Americans lack adequate representation. Signature programs include the Leadership Identity Development (LID) and Leading Youth Forward (LYF) Camps, Political Internship (SIP), Journalism Internship (JIP), Entertainment Internship (EI), High School Scholarship, and our affiliates for young professionals: Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) and for high school students: Junior Taiwanese American Students Association (JTASA). For more information on our programs, please visit the following: TACL-LYF Camp: http://lyf.tacl.org/ TACL-LID Camp: http://lidcamp.org/ TACL-JTASA: http://jtasa.com/ TACL Leadership Conference: http://www.tacl.org/leadership/ Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP): http://tap.tacl.org/

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

i completely dismissed this organization at first after a bad experience with another asian oriented non-profit. after being drafted into sub for a missing girl in football, i met a lot of the existing board members and really enjoyed myself. From there, football led to happy hours and cultural events where I met several friends, not just in the NY branch where I joined, but in SF, LA, Chicago, Boston, and Philly for example. I also met professionals in my field as well as other fields and younger generations of Taiwanese Americans that all share similar cultural values and valuable experiences. My only regret with TAP and TACL is that I did not get involved sooner.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently became more involved with TAP-NY, and it's been a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with other folks in the Taiwanese American community in NYC. Even though I've been living in the city for 9 years, I have met tons of new ppl at the many events that TAP-NY holds, and have learned more about local Taiwanese American entrepreneurs, businesses, and community members.

Sharon75

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined TAP-SD in 2010 and met a lot of cool people. Later it occurred to me that this is an organization where a bunch of cool people plan/do fun things with a mutual central idea of promoting Taiwanese American leadership, herritage and networking. I've made a lot of good friends through this organization (this is super important for someone like me who came from Taiwan and live in San Diego by myself). I took on a role of board member in the past 2 years and gained a good deal of experience of pursuing the leadership potential inside me. I value this experience a lot and am very happy to see TAP-SD growing.

I didn't know that there are youth camps for kids under TACL until I was on the board. This will be a great opportunity for kids to build leadership without pressure. I will always be around and know what's going on with this organization so one day I will definitely send my kids to the youth camps!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an LA native, I had heard about TACL and TAP but never gotten involved until moving down to San Diego. In a new place, TAP seemed like a perfect way to expand my social network. Two events in, I was hooked and joined on as a board member. This past year, I've had the opportunity to not only expand my social network, but to also make some great friends, form good professional contacts, learn more about my Taiwanese heritage, and give back to the community - all while having a blast!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started attending TAP-SD events about a year ago as a suggestion from a friend who had enjoyed their previous functions. I have found their events to be in line with the organization's missions, interesting, and most of all fun! TAP is a great way to bring local Taiwanese Americans together, either through food or talk. As a new board member, I am excited to bring to the community cultural events this organization has lined-up. I would recommend attending some functions to see what TAP is offering to local communities!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization helped me expand my professional and social network at least three-fold. I really believe in their work and mission -- there are always events held to help people develop their professional careers and to help create leaders within the Taiwanese American community. There are also activities that explore Taiwanese culture and help out the community. I have had an amazing experience as a board member of TAP-SD, and I would HIGHLY recommend that people join this organization and become more involved. Through this organization, I have formed long lasting friendships, honed my leadership skills, and built a great support network. It's been an honor to work with a group of people who are extremely dedicated, passionate, and FUN!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of TAP-SD, I've enjoyed great friendships and professional connections from getting involved in this community. I attended the national convention the first time last year in NY, and it was a blast!

Amy_86

Board Member

Rating: 5

An national organization with a concrete mission to address the glass ceiling that affects many Taiwanese American citizens. As a board member of TAP-SD, I felt great reward in the contributions I've made to the TA community on both a local and national level.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TAP-SD came to our school and worked with our student organization to deliver a workshop on resume writing. The workshop was helpful; they were patients with the multitude of questions and opinions from the students, and they were eager to help us by providing detailed opinions, suggestions and critiques with each individual student's resume. The input they gave felt very personalized and specific. I learned a lot about resume writing from the workshop, and I hope they can come around our campus again to help out!

Sincerely,
Michael Chen
Undergraduate at UCSD

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in TACL through its TAP-NY subsidiary. TAP-NY has connected me with so many interesting people that I would otherwise have never met within my circle of friends/network. Over the years, I was also given the chance to see our events help other people expand their networks - helping entrepreneurs get initial funding, seeing members meet and get married, etc. To have this Taiwanese American community within NYC - connecting so many people - is changing the way the NYC young professional scene interact, and I have been privileged to have been a part of this change through TAP-NY.

Board Member

Rating: 5

TACL is important for the Taiwanese American community because they provide opportunities for the youths to get involved. I was lucky to be an intern through their summer political internship. It was through the program that I met life-long friends, developed a passion for politics, and found myself as a leader. Even natural born leaders need training to become better leaders, and this program definitely gave me the courage to want to do more as a leader in the community. After this experience I became involved in a Taiwanese American Professional (TAP) chapter, and saw all the doors that it opened up. Without TAP so many easy connections would have never been made, so TACL and TAP are vital to a strong and vibrant community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with TACL as a board member of TAP-NY. My experience has been rich, fulfilling, and fun. There several facets of my experience that I'd like to highlight:

Joining TAP-NY gave me a friendly and fun community when I moved to New York City. Like many people, it took a lot of time for me to become comfortable in a new environment, especially one that moves as quickly and is as big as NYC. TAP-NY helped to ease this transition by providing a platform for fun events, opportunities to meet people, and opportunities to give back to the community.

TAP-NY has also provided me with a wonderful network of like-minded people around the country. There are several chapters of TAP that are all affiliated with each other, and communication between chapters, whether it be through Facebook or in-person, is a great way to make new friends and learn about what it's like to live in another part of the country.

Because TAP-NY has such a diverse membership, I've learned a lot about different careers and life in general through my involvement. Through both structured professional/networking events, as well as more informal dinners, I've had the chance to meet accomplished and interesting people that have provided new perspectives on life in general.

Finally, TAP-NY has helped me learn more about myself and the skills I want to develop. As a board member, skills like collaboration, management, and teamwork are essential, and actually having to execute with these skills has been a positive experience as I look to grow myself.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first joined TACL as part of their TAP-NY program (Taiwanese American Professionals). After being so impressed by the TAP-NY team and even after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, I decided to stay involved by joining the TACL National Board.

1) Purpose: Their purpose is nothing short of bringing the entire Taiwanese American community together by serving the unique cultural and professional needs of this community.

2) Professionalism: This is how a non-profit should be run. The over-arching goal is broken down into bite-size goals that we can track and move forward. From developing youth-oriented programs to young professional leadership conferences and groups.

3) Accountability: They are run in as transparent way as possible. Every donated dollar is accounted for, and administrative expense is virtually non-existent as it is 100% volunteer run and there are no paid positions.

If you've heard of TACL-LYF, LID, TAP (NY, SF, LA, DC, Seattle, Boston, Philly, SD), JTASA, or the TACL Political internship, then you're talking about TACL. Get involved, bring the energy, help strengthen our community!

Visit: http://tacl.org/

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was first involved with TAP-NY (a TACL program) in a very limited capacity attending a few events here and there. When I relocated to San Diego for work, the President of TAP-NY at that time knew I didn't know many people and introduced me to the TAP-SD President. After a few weeks of observing the Board, I decided to step on as their External VP to help build relationships with the community. It wasn't until I attended the National Midterm retreat that I really understand the mission of TACL. There is no other organization that is devoted to creating visible leaders in the Taiwanese American community so that the future generations of Taiwanese Americans can have role models to look up to and feel proud to be Taiwanese American. Soon after the retreat, I continued on the Board as President of TAP-SD for 2 years, and have greatly enjoyed the friendship and the community we've built here in San Diego.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in TACL through TAP-SF for a little over 3 years now. It has been an amazing experience that has helped me both personally and professionally, and most importantly inspired me to look beyond my immediate circle and focus on the greater community. I am constantly amazed by the amount of time people put into this organization despite the busy lives they hold -- it just shows how much passion there is to make this community successful. I have found TAP to be a great support network for me and others as they're dealing with personal struggles and career changes. I have witnessed and been a part of at least 3 instances of people finding a job through their TAP network. These are the stories I love to hear!

I am also constantly in awe by the number of events and scale of events TAP holds. From professional, cultural, social to community service events, there is something here for every member's needs. In this past year, 100+ events were held for members in San Francisco. The impact on the greater Bay Area community is also impressive. Events like the Holiday Bash led to the purchase of gifts for 800 kids, and this year a new program was formed to raise money to fund scholarships for top high school students in the Bay as well.

I could write for pages with everything that I love about TACL and TAP-SF, but the important thing is that I can honestly say that TACL has changed my life. My perspective on life and what I plan to do in the future would not be the same had I not been involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I took part in one of Taiwanese American Citizens League's program: TACL LYF summer camp. It was only my fist summer in college, and the camp was a blast. The people involved has developed a very open and fun loving atmosphere while staying true to the program mission of serving kids in the bay area. There is a lot of work and the processes have not been perfected yet, which is frustrating, but everything is forgotten come camp time.

I have also attended TACL and Taiwanese American Professional's Midterm Retreat. While the content of the three day trip was only moderately helpful the experience and the inspiration made the trip worth it.