(Seattle, WA) The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) congratulates KBCS 91.3 FM in Bellevue, WA on winning the 2010 Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) national journalism award in the category of ‘Radio – AAPI Issues.’

The story, which can be heard by going to http://kbcs.fm/site/PageServer and scrolling down, focuses on a $1.6 million federal stimulus grant awarded to NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), and how the extra funding directly benefits Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders looking for job training during tough economic times.

(Seattle, WA) The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) congratulates KBCS 91.3 FM in Bellevue, WA on winning the 2010 Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) national journalism award in the category of ‘Radio – AAPI Issues.’

The story, which can be heard by going to http://kbcs.fm/site/PageServer and scrolling down, focuses on a $1.6 million federal stimulus grant awarded to NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), and how the extra funding directly benefits Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders looking for job training during tough economic times.

Specifically, the piece highlights Lucita Principe, a former SCSEP participant who went from being unemployed to gaining the skills necessary to land a full time job. She says, “I am so thankful that there is this program, which gives Asians like me who are more than 55 and could not find work (an opportunity). At least we have something to do, something to give our family every pay day.”

“We are happy that KBCS received such an outstanding journalism award and are honored that their winning entry focused on one of our core programs that help AAPI elders,” said NAPCA President and CEO Christine Takada. “This piece originally aired in April 2009 but success stories about NAPCA SCSEP and its participants are always news, because of their importance and the fact that we are continually helping out those who are the most vulnerable in our community, like Lucita.”

KBCS will receive its award at the AAJA Gala Scholarship and Banquet Saturday August 7, 2010 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and Spa.

SCSEP is a community service work-based training program for older workers 55 and older that provides part-time, job training for unemployed, low-income individuals. NAPCA focuses on serving Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older workers through the SCSEP program.

Please contact NAPCA if you or someone you know is 55 years or older, unemployed, low income and interested in participating in the SCSEP program, or if you know of any non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations interested in providing on-the-job training to a SCSEP participant.


The mission of NAPCA is to serve as the leading national advocacy organization committed to the dignity, well-being and quality of life of AAPIs in their senior years. For more information please visit us at: www.NAPCA.org.

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