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. We first came together as a group when we organized a rally in Berkeley, CA to bring awareness to the increase in xenophobia against Asians in America. We continue to raise awareness about issues impacting our communities. How do we do this?

  • We speak out. Our youth voices matter. We believe in the importance of inclusive education, civic engagement, and youth activism.
  • We volunteer to teach the untold story of Asians in America to classrooms across the country with our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson. We’re making a difference with one school, one class and one student at a time.
  • We advocate for change. We join student coalitions in support of legislation impacting youth. 
  • We continue to raise awareness with our pledge, the ONE/180 pledge in support of at least one day of AAPI history + culture during the school year. 

President Biden recognized us for our work in uniting Americans in the face of hate. 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. We have spoken with the TODAY ShowWashington PostGood Morning AmericaCBS Evening NewsTeach For AmericaSoul of a Nation, and many others.

But more than anything, we’re students making a difference one day at a time. And there’s more to come. 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, Founding Board Member + 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) and teach our lesson plan (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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