About Us

The Organization

AAPI Youth Rising is an organization founded by middle-schoolers. Our mission is to take small actions to make positive change in our communities. In March 2021, AAPI Youth Rising organized a 1,200+ person rally in Berkeley, CA to bring awareness to the increase in xenophobia against Asians in America.

Last year we launched the ONE/180 pledge in support of at least one day of AAPI history + culture during the school year and we organized the Our Diverse Voices youth art showcase in support of learning about our diverse histories.

Sign up for our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson that we have taught across the Bay Area, Southern California and Massachusetts! SIGN UP HERE TO JOIN.

During AAPI Heritage month, we spoke with TODAY Show, Washington Post, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, Teach For America and many others.

Also you can Watch us on the first primetime special about Asians in America “Together As One” by Soul of a Nation on Hulu or ABC.

TIME Magazine wrote a feature about us here. We are also proud to be the 2022 Partner Organization for American Girl‘s first Chinese American Girl of the Year, Corinne Tan. Thanks for stopping by!

Youth Board

Mina, Founder + Executive Director, College Prepatory School
Siwoo, Founding Board Member + New Members Manager + Social Media Director, Head Royce School
Charlee, Communications Director, Albany High School
Jaslene, Website Manager, Burlingame High School
Anna, Founding Board Member + Editor in Chief, Lick Wilmerding High School
Maxwell, Project Director, Head Royce School
Cooper, Finance Director, Bishop O’Dowd High School
Aashi, Founding Board Member + Creative Director, Bishop O’Dowd High School
Ethan, Middle School Director, Mandarin-Immersion School


Ambassadors and Chapter Leaders

What is an Ambassador? Ambassadors join at least one event during the year (virtual or in person).

What is a Chapter Leader? Chapter Leaders pledge to bring our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY into their classroom/student organization. They also join at least one event during the year (virtual or in person), attend our annual meeting, and sign up for public speaking, community organizing and event planning, legislative action, content creation or graphic art on social media, and/or art activism. Chapter Leaders have first access to speaking opportunities and be able to run for the AYR YOUTH BOARD at the Annual Meeting.

List of all of our Ambassadors and Chapter Leaders!

Click here to sign up as an Ambassador/Chapter Leader

Regional Leads

Congrats to our 2022-2023 Regional Leads! You have been selected to join the AYR leadership team.

What is a Regional Lead? Regional Leads are in charge of organizing the Chapter Leaders and Youth Ambassadors in their region. Regional Leads are also in outreach to their respective regions for additional Chapter Leader and Ambassadors.

List of our Regional Leads!

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