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AAPI Youth Rising

A Youth Organization Taking Little Actions to Make a Difference

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Upcoming Events

AAPI Youth Rising is speaking at AAPI Women Lead’s 4th Annual #ImReady2021 Movement Virtual Conference: Our Communities, Our Healing, Our R/evolutionDecember 11, 2021 at 10am – 1pm PT. REGISTER NOW!

AAPI Youth Rising is joining forces with TogetherSF and San Francisco African American Faith-Based Coalition for an afternoon of community service on December 11, 2021.

Our Diverse Voices Youth Art Show

AAPI Youth Rising is proud to present the Our Diverse Voices Youth Art Show in collaboration with AAPISV, Actions Towards Change, National Children’s Campaign, E14 Gallery and Rock Paper Scissors Collective.

Opening Day was October 9th @ E14 Gallery in Oakland, CA during the Old Oakland Celebrates block party that drew hundreds of visitors! Over 40+ K-12 youth artists displayed their work and artist statements in response to the prompt: “What does learning about diversity mean to you and your own education as a well rounded person and citizen?”

The  Twin Walls Mural Company Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong also unveiled their mural that depicts us marching on the bridge during the AAPI Youth Rising rally in Berkeley, CA on March 28, 2021. There were over 1200+ supporters at the rally! If you missed the art show opening, visit our Instagram for highlights.



One/180 Pledge

One/180 Pledge for AAPI History + Culture – Sign the Pledge!

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/wwwaapiyouthrisingorg?clear_id=true

Asian American History is American History. Yet only a few Asian American Pacific Islander stories are taught in K-12 U.S. schools. With increasing awareness of the invisibility of AAPI histories, it’s more important now than ever to make our voices heard and sign the One/180 Pledge for AAPI History and Culture in our schools.

Why One/180? Out of the standard 180 instructional days in the average student’s school year, we are asking that at least one of those days be dedicated to AAPI History + Culture.

Policy makers are rethinking core U.S. History curricula and we applaud these efforts. We support these efforts and in the meantime, our pledge serves as a symbolic action in support of the movement to re-imagine the way American history is taught. Our pledge serves to inspire youth to ask for at least “one class.” Our pledge serves to inspire “one teacher” to teach at least “one class” about AAPI history and culture. These “little” actions can one day mean a lot.

We believe it is important to teach the rich culture and histories of AAPI so that we can all learn how AAPI have contributed to America’s diversity and successes. When AAPI history and culture are not taught, AAPI are silenced. The invisible minority myth is a misconception that hurts the AAPI community and you can help fight that misconception by teaching your students and sharing AAPI stories. AAPI history is also American history. We believe it is important to teach about AAPI struggles and perspectives to celebrate our voices and to inspire us to act for change.

Check out these resources here.


Current Educational Campaigns

AAPI Youth Rising led a panel at the Changemakers Summit 2021 during Bullying Prevention Month on October 23, 2021 from 10:00am – 3:00pm PST. This was Act to Change’s 3rd Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Conference in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month in partnership with Hate is a Virus,  and Stop AAPI Hate. Designed to support, connect, and develop the next generation of AAPI youth activists, the program for this conference will be grounded in four pillars: Inform, Educate, Empower, Celebrate. 

Fun fact, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden opened up the Changemakers Summit 2021! We also heard from Amanda Nguyen and many others!

Teach Our History California

AYR is a partner organization to the Teach Our History Coalition which is a student-led collective in support of AB 101 – the bill mandates ethnic studies as a graduation requirement for public high schools in CA.

Through this coalition, we have submitted Op-Ed pieces in support of AB 101, we have called and written to our legislators and we continue to raise awareness. We are so excited to announce that AB 101 was signed into law on October 7th! But this is just the beginning and there is so much work left to do. Check out https://www.teachourhistoryca.org/.


Check out the Live Together, United Against Racism Campaign.


Voter Registration

Partner Group for National Voter Registration Day – September 28, 2021

We shape elections – The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) electorate is a formidable community with the power to shape and influence elections down the ticket throughout the country.

Fastest Growing Population – More than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) live in the United States and we’re the fastest-growing racial group in the country. By 2036, we’ll be nearly 10% of all eligible voters.


Past Events

AAPI Youth Rising Rally – March 28, 2021, 2pm-4pm

Anna on the Pedestrian Footbridge
  • Welcome speech by Mina
  • Speeches by:
    • #HATEISAVIRUS, Annie Wang
    • AYPAL, Stanley Pun
    • Act to Change, Elaine Dang
    • Akonadi Foundation, Lateefah Simon
    • Beyond Differences
    • Councilmember Kesarwani
    • Councilmember Robinson
    • Poetry Reading by Author Jane Bahk
    • Youth Circle and Open Mic

Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco and Wells Fargo Foundation presents the AAPI Community Heroes Mural Project – unveiling in Chinatown, SF over Lunar New Year 2022!

AAPI Youth Rising’s Mina, Siwoo and Aashi were so honored to serve on a panel of judges including AAPI Local Community Heroes, Rev. Norman Fong, Cathy Lam from Chinatown CDC, former BOE Eric Mar, Josephine Chew from Wells Fargo Foundation and Caroline Cabading from Manilatown.

We spent Saturday, September 25th at CCCSF’s Ross Alley community space where we deliberated about who we would like to see represented on the AAPI Community Heroes Mural Project. We believe that the strongest way to celebrate our differences is to learn about our histories and heroes, including the many nominations submitted by over 100 Bay Area Schools. Thank you CCCSF and Wells Fargo Foundation for this incredible opportunity!

After we finalized deliberations, the AAPI Youth Rising team: Mina, Aashi, Siwoo, Anna, Bee, Charlee and newest member Kevin, all toured CCCSF’s art exhibition – WOMEN我們: From Her to Here. The exhibit is up through December, 2021. Go check it out!


FREE Community Art Workshops with RPS Collective – September, 2021

Shout out to @rpscollective for holding two FREE community workshops for AAPI Youth Rising in support of the Our Diverse Voices youth art show. RPS Collective resident experts taught us watercolor and mixed media techniques. Aashi, Anna, Mila and Siwoo attended the art workshops and bake sales in preparation for the show!


Homeroom with Tan France and Act to Change – August, 2021

AAPI Youth Rising and our classmates from Black Pine Circle School are honored to have been selected as a 2021 Homeroom with Tan France participant.

Act To Change’s 2021 Asian American Bullying Survey found that 80% of Asian American students experience bullying in the wake of COVID-19.

Act To Change created this initiative with TV personality, Emmy-winning host of Queer Eye, and Act To Change Advisory Council member Tan France, to increase awareness of bullying prevention and teach kids to become active anti-bullying advocates in their schools.

Through this workshop, we are empowered to continue our efforts to raise awareness about the issues affecting youth in our communities. Thank you @acttochange and @tan.france for inspiring us to continue being agents for change.


Celebrating AAPI Joy + Pride @nationalchildrenscampaign‘s IG Live – August 7, 2021

Siwoo Rhie had a great time talking with NCC, @nationalchildrenscampaign alongside other inspirational youth leaders and Nickelodeon star @chinguunsb @roshnichagan and @amysnam@leahh.ds. Together, we are changing our communities, one little action at a time. Watch the interview with Siwoo on IGTV!


AAPI Youth Rising receives the @dosomething AAPI Heritage Month Grant! August 17, 2021 – Thanks to Do Something for recognizing our continued work to elevate youth voices! AYR will use the grant money for our upcoming Diverse Youth Voices Art Show. Opening night: October 9th @e14 gallery in Oakland, CA. Interested in submitting work? Contact us!


ASIA SOCIETY NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – FUTURE OF EDUCATION SUMMIT – July 29-30, 2021

AAPI Youth Rising was so honored to be invited to speak at Asia Society’s Future of Education Summit: Teaching for Global Understanding which took place on Friday, July 30. Watch the recording here!

AAPI Youth Rising’s Cooper Hong, Shubh Doshi, Harita Kalvai and Maxwell Wong presented at Asia Society’s The Experiences from the AAPI Youth Rising Rally panel. You can watch the recording here!


BOYS & GIRLS CLUB of MALIBU in PARTNERSHIP WITH SAMHSA – July 21, 2021

AYR is leading the Social Justice unit for the Empowered Voices Program. Anna, Mila, Mina and Siwoo presented to and lead a discussion about youth activism with 12 SoCal Boys & Girls Club chapters.

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My name is Siwoo Rhie. I am going into 8th grade at Black Pine Circle School. I am of Korean descent. I joined AAPI youth rising to help raise awareness of racism towards the AAPI community. I believe that racism against AAPI is very normalized, and many others like me aspire to change that. Boys & Girls Club Presentation
My name is Anna Hill. I am going into 8th grade at Black Pine Circle School. I am of Taiwanese and European descent. People of AAPI heritage are underrepresented in education, and I want to help spread more diverse schooling. 
My name is Mila Cavagnaro.  

Grantmakers for Thriving Youth – WEBINAR. AAPI Youth on Safety, Belonging and Thriving

Join GTY, YouthTruth, and Asian-American/Pacific Islander youth leaders including AAPI Youth Rising for an important discussion of safety, belonging and thriving amid the fallout of the pandemic, economic upheaval, racial justice uprisings, and an increase in anti-Asian racialized violence.

Discussion will focus on concrete actions funders can take to support AAPI and other young people to thrive—based on what young people say they need.

Check out the Webinar recording of Mina speaking on June 16, 2021 here!


AAPI Youth Actions for Change Rally in Pasadena, CA on June 26, 2021

AAPI Youth Rising was so honored to be invited to participate in AAPI Youth Actions for Change rally in Pasadena. AYR gives a huge shout out to AAPI Youth Actions for Change’s Sophia, Sofia and all the rest for keeping these conversations going! It was inspirational for Mina from AAPI Youth Rising to speak alongside other youth, Rep. Judy Chu, Mayor Gordon and many others!


Asia Society – Speaker for Asian Americans Building America

Mina spoke with Asia Society’s CEO and Australia’s 26th Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on May 10, 2021 as part of a series called Asian Americans Building America.

Check out Mina’s interview here!


Act to Change – 3rd Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying + Hate

AAPI Youth Rising supported the 3rd Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying + Hate a as a Partner Group. Check out Act to Change’s Anti-Racism Toolkit.


AAPI Historical Art Figures Project, launched May, 2021 on Instagram

HEAL for Immigrant Families Phone Banking with NAPAWF – July, 2021, AYR phone banked on behalf of NAPAWF in support of the HEAL Act. Every person should be able to get affordable health care no matter how long they have been in the U.S. or the status they have been granted. Stay tuned for more! We will be partnering with AAPI Youth Action to phone bank. Thanks NAPAWF for training us! Shout out to Aashi, Cooper, Mila, Mina, and Siwoo for joining the phone banking!


El Cerrito Human Relation Commission – Stop Anti-Asian ViolenceCharlee and Mina shared our AYR stories and her allegory with the City of El Cerrito on Wednesday, May 12th from 6:30-8pm PST


When YOUth Vote Amplify Asian Voices Virtual Event – Mina spoke as a Panelist

March for our Elders Rally – Speakers Cam-Ly and Mina. Cooper marching alongside! Check out AAPI Youth Rising’s Instagram to hear Cam-Ly’s speech where she shares her story as an adoptee. Our stories are diverse.


Actions Towards Change RallyMina spoke out at ATC’s rally in SF.


AAPI Youth Rising’s Founder Mina Fedor named as Diablo Magazine’s 2021 Agent of Change – August 20, 2021

So honored to be named as one of the 17 forward-thinking members of our community who are dedicated to moving the dial, ingeniously finding solutions to today’s most pressing concerns.


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