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AAPI Youth Rising

A Youth Organization Taking Little Actions to Make a Difference

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.

Save the date for Opening Day on October 9th @ E14 Gallery in Oakland, CA from noon-6pm! See youth art displayed at E14 Gallery, hear live music and enjoy the block party with neighborhood eats! Also, we have a surprise unveiling of a community mural project by local artists who are showing at SF MOMA! Come celebrate our diverse voices with us! Link to eventbrite.

Link to Submit your Art by September 24th! The Our Diverse Voices art show is a youth art show celebrating our diverse histories and backgrounds. We at AAPI Youth Rising believe in the importance of learning about our diverse histories. If you would like to share art that speaks to the theme of celebrating our diverse backgrounds, please email us at aapiyouthrising@gmail.com.


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

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. The vote for AB 101 is set for November, 2021.

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. Interested in joining collective efforts or learning more about AB 101? Check out https://www.teachourhistoryca.org/.


Check out the Live Together, United Against Racism Campaign.

Voter Registration – ongoing


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

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!


Selected for 2021 Homeroom with Tan France – 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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