April 16, 2008 > Miss CEO
Fremont "Teen Supreme" starts a nonprofit organization.
By Justine Yan
Photos By courtesy of Fanni Chu
"Hi, I'm director and CEO of Everything is Possible, Inc." This is how 17-year-old Fanni Chu introduces herself to potential sponsors.
Things have fallen into place for the American High School senior since winning the title of NES (Naturally, Elegant & Simple) Miss California Teen Supreme in August 2007. Chu entered only one other pageant, the National American Miss (NAMISS) Northern California pageant, that July in which she was selected as the "Talent Fourth Runner Up" and "Photogenic Winner." She was excited to experience it all again.
A few months ago, Chu found a one-day volunteering opportunity - age 18 and above -posted by WHOmentors.com. The organization needed volunteers to help distribute 150 NBA Entertainment League tickets to single mothers and their children.
Rauhmel Fox, CEO of WHOmentors.com, has experience guiding young, ambitious individuals. One of those is Janine Lee, a participant in the 2006 Miss Asian American Pageant, and later started her award winning nonprofit, Capture the Dream, Inc. Fox's organization offers the CEO@18(tm) Nonprofit Incubator program, a "step-by-step outline" to creating a nonprofit public benefit corporation.
Chu immediately contacted Fox. "I'm not actually , but I am trying to volunteer as a NES Miss California Teen Supreme," she recalled saying. "I'm trying to make appearances."
Fox mentioned his Nonprofit Incubator Program and suggested that Chu take advantage of her new title to establish an organization. She admitted that while her new mentor has taken care of the paperwork and guided her through much of the preliminary work, most of the responsibilities, such as publicizing and fundraising, lies ahead.
Having created "Everything is Possible" just two months ago, Chu has started actively looking for help in the community. In the past few weeks, she has asked restaurants and local stores for financial support and hopes to set up an open dance event in order to raise money to sponsor this year's AAU Junior Olympic games, an annual event that encourages and recognizes young, competitive athletes in the United States.
Chu said that the main goal of her new nonprofit organization is to "provide helpful services for a successful youth development." She hopes to keep school-aged children from substance abuse and other bad influences by educating them and encouraging involvement in sports and other meaningful, lifelong activities.
Meanwhile, Chu said she is motivated to "help out as much as possible," outside of her organization as well. She has been involved in her school's Leo (Leadership, Experience, Opportunity) and Bam (Be A Mentor) clubs for the past few years, and is looking for more opportunities to make an impact on young members of her community.
To learn more about Everything is Possible, Inc. or to join Chu in her efforts, contact her at (510) 269-4058.