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.
What is an Ambassador? Ambassadors join at least one event during the year (virtual or in person).
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Mimi Tuden, Chapter Leader and Ambassador
Mimi is really into art and advocating for what is right. Mimi shares: “I was adopted from Taiwan when I was younger so I really find it important to stay in touch with the culture. I presented at the national restorative justice conference on mental health for adoptees and foster youth. I really enjoy advocating for things I find important and that is why I want to join AAPI Youth Rising. It sounds like a great organization and I would love to be a part of it. I do crew as my sport and I love anything art related!
Skyline High School, Oakland, CA, Class of 2026
Mia Fung, Ambassador
Mia is really into art, graphic design. She enjoys learning more about the community and other people, hearing other’s perspectives, making new friends, and meeting new people!
Presidio Knolls School, San Francisco, CA, 8th Grader
Maile Koidin, Ambassador
“AAPI Youth Rising is important because it represents a new generation sharing new ideas and impacting the world. In my free time, I enjoy drawing and designing art for my sticker shop and reading YA novels set in post-apocalyptic America.”
Presidio Knolls School, San Francisco, CA, 8th Grader
Madison Guan, Ambassador
“I love drawing and painting because it’s my way of expressing myself. I find it really interesting and amazing that this program was created for young teenagers who want to speak out, and I think it is really impressive that this whole organization is run by teenagers. Speaking out is important to me because it allows me to express my opinions.”
Albany High School, Albany, CA, Class of 2026
Waverly Chu, Ambassador
“I’m interested in manga and anime and cats.”
Oakland High School, Oakland, CA, Class of 2025
Drew Blackman, Ambassador
“I am interested in the AAPI Youth Rising program because it allows students around the country to have a voice in the fight for justice. It gives me an opportunity to somewhat make up for previous mistakes. It is important for youth to speak up because it is our own future us youth are fighting for and we need to make America a place free of hate – as much as possible.”
Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield, CT, Class of 2023
Magdalena Sambajon Mercado, Chapter Leader
“I enjoy singing as while inspiring young, striving women through musical expression, building brother/sisterhood with the people that surround me, and making use of my voice to educate our common populace on societal topics that I, and others, are greatly concerned about, in hopes they’ll gain acknowledgement within our world, create stronger communities, and make change.”
Phillips Academy Andover, Boston, MA, Class of 2026
Ashanna Garcia, Chapter Leader
Ashanna is interested in speaking out and having conversations, meeting new people, dance and music, jewelry making, crochet.
Raleigh Charter School, Raleigh, NC, Class of 2024
Mihika Deshpande, Chapter Leader
“Hi! My name is Mihika and I enjoy creating art, debating, programming, and dancing (specifically Kathak, an Indian classical dance) among other things. I also love traveling to different places and learning about the cultures and traditions that originated there. I believe it’s important for youth to speak up because today’s youth will someday lead this world and it’s important that they have an opportunity to speak out, help drive changes that are key to reducing hate, and understand and appreciate various cultures.”
Irvington High School, Freemont, CA, Class of 2026
Angely Xiong, Chapter Leader
“I love traveling, badminton, reading, and video games! I’m passionate about public speaking and writing and I also enjoy gardening and volunteer work. I believe it’s extremely important for youth to speak up so our voices can be heard, especially during a time where it may seem like our voices are insignificant. I founded the Asian Pacific Islander Students Association at my school and would love to continue to get myself and my community more involved to create social impact as AAPI Youth Rising has done.”
Nicolet High School, Milwaukee WI, Class of 2024
Annie Huynh, Ambassador
“I’ve been keeping up with AAPI Youth Rising for a couple of months now and I love the dedication that goes into their work. I want to learn more about my community and how we can combat certain global issues. I also am trying to push myself this year to get out of my comfort zone.”
Impact Academy of the Arts and Technology, Hayward, CA, Class of 2025
Arpita Guha, Chapter Leader and Ambassador
Arpita Guha is a youth activist who is motivated and passionate about helping the AAPI community. She shares that as a Bengali-Hindu she has seen firsthand what my community has gone through first hand and the hate crimes and she shared news articles about protests at her temple. Arpita serves on the Shelby Township youth advisory board and has held numerous leadership positions. She loves public speaking and is the President of her Model UN Club.
International Academy East, Troy, MI, Class of 2023
Kristie To, Ambassador
“In my free time, I enjoy playing percussion, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family! I was immediately drawn to AAPI Youth Rising for the organization’s mission to make positive change in our communities by their various accomplishments such as establishing the ONE/180 pledge and organizing a Stop Asian Hate rally of over 1,200 people.”
Irvine, CA, Class of 2024
“I like listening to music, reading, talking to his bird and hanging out with his family. I hopes that through AYR, multiple young voices will be able to spread diversity in the world and make it a better place.”
Montessori School of El Cerrito, El Cerrito, CA, Class of 2027
Johann is passionate about AAPI Youth Rising activities. In his free time, he enjoys participating in Robotics competitions and building Legos.
Stanford Online High School, Class of 2026
As our youngest contributor, Nahla created a video presentation for her class about speaking up and standing up for what you believe in. We are inspired by you Nahla!
Black Pine Circle School, Berkeley CA, 6th grader