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TFK Your 🔥 Job

November 6, 2022 | On October 25, on TimeforKids Your 🔥 Job, TFK kid reporters and Mina hear about the future of the healthcare industry from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. 

Asian Pacific Fund Gala Update

November 6, 2022 | The AYR Youth Board and members including Mina, Siwoo, Charlee, Max, Ethan, Lin, Johann and Mihika were honored to attend the Asian Pacific Fund Gala where Mina spoke about the group’s work as a special guest. This year’s honoree is MSNBC/NBC News Anchor, Author & Director Richard Lui. 

AYR and

November 6, 2022 | AAPI Youth Rising joins DIGNITY.US in the wake of a rising tide of hate-fueled violence in America. is a citizens’ initiative to address the crisis together. You too can share your ideas, testimonials and suggestions with right now. All kids deserve to have our voices heard so that we can work towards aContinue reading “AYR and”

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Clay Roy Spoke With TFK Kid Reporter Mina Fedor’s

October 23, 2022 | Youth civic engagement drives change. Elizabeth Clay Roy is the CEO of Generation Citizen, a nonprofit group that tries to involve students in the democratic process. Clay Roy spoke with Time for Kids Kid Reporter Mina Fedor.

NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America

October 16, 2022 | NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America: Mina speaks with NBC’s Robert Handa about AAPI Youth Rising’s latest initiatives on Sunday, October 23 at 5:30pm on NBC Bay Area KNTV.

Aurora Theater Company: Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious Opening Night

October 16, 2022 | Aurora Theater Company: Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious Opening Night – AYR joins the opening night panel for ‘Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious‘ by playwright Dustin Chinn. The play received the Prestigious Edgerton FoundationNew Play Award in 2022. This is the first play to begin Aurora Theater’s 31st Season.Continue reading “Aurora Theater Company: Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious Opening Night”

Changemaker Summit 2022

October 16, 2022 | Changemakers Summit 2022 is a national AAPI Youth Conference created in partnership with Act to Change, Hate Is A Virus and Stop AAPI Hate. Designed to support, connect & develop the next generation of AAPI youth activists, our conference this year will center around the theme of Intergenerational & Intersectional Activism.Continue reading “Changemaker Summit 2022”

President Biden is honoring Mina from AAPI Youth Rising as a Uniter at the United We Stand Summit

September 5, 2022 | President Biden is honoring Mina from AAPI Youth Rising as a Uniter at the United We Stand Summit. We believe it is important for Americans of all ages, races, religions, ages and political affiliations to come together to combat the rise in hate.  All youth deserve to feel safe in America.Continue reading “President Biden is honoring Mina from AAPI Youth Rising as a Uniter at the United We Stand Summit”

Vicha Ratanpakdee Street Naming Ceremony in San Francisco

October 1, 2022 | AYR is invited to speak alongside SF politicians and civil rights leaders at the Vicha Rattanapakte Street naming. Grandpa Vicha was brutally pushed down to the ground at the start of the pandemic. His family has continued to raise awareness about the violence targeting AAPI in America.

July Youth Board Meeting

July 24, 2022 | Youth Board had its monthly meeting today and discussed new plans and updated each other on what each board member is doing. A few announcements are that Siwoo is planning on recruiting and interviewing new ambassadors and chapter leaders and there will be new spots in the board for finance directorContinue reading “July Youth Board Meeting”

The Cameron House

July 19, 2022 | Kudos to Mina, Maxwell and Charlee for presenting to middle schoolers at the Cameron House SF Community Immersion Program. The Cameron House is a SF institution. Established in 1874, it hosts many family-centered programs out of SF Chinatown. We were so excited to present our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lessonContinue reading “The Cameron House”

The Unity March

June 25, 2022 | Mina, Ethan, Anna, Cooper, Max, and Charlee were highlighted in the first ever national AAPI march for The Unity March at Washington DC. AYR was a Partner Organization for the rally.

Asian Voices Podcast

June 17, 2022 | Asian Voices Podcast Mina’s interview – The Rising Generation of Activists with Mina Fedor of AAPI Youth Rising

AYR presents to Mattel

June 17, 2022 | So great to be invited back to speak with Mattel. Jaslene, Angely, Mina, Soha for presented to Matel’s AAPI Employee Resource Group!

The Changing Tides Podcast with Matthew Yonemura

July 5, 2022 | Changing Tides Podcast – Ep 22: The Future Is Now w/ AAPI Youth Rising The Changing Tides Podcast We first met Matt at the Act to Change event in May 2022. Mina, Siwoo and Max connected with Matt to hear more about Changing Tides and our journey too!

The Everygirl Podcast

June 15, 2022 | The Everygirl Podcast. Congrats to Mina, Siwoo, Charlee and Jaslene

Thank you SF Opera for inviting us to the Opening Night of Dream of the Red Chamber!! 

June 17, 2022 | Check out this magical production adapted from a classic of world literature performed by an all-Asian main cast set to beautiful music, costumes and set design! What an amazing way to end the school year! AAPI Youth Rising’s Mina (@mina.fedor) and Maxwell (@maxwellw_2025) spoke out at the Justice for Vicha RallyContinue reading “Thank you SF Opera for inviting us to the Opening Night of Dream of the Red Chamber!! “

Soul of a Nation

May 27, 2022 | Emmy Award-winning “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang explores wide-ranging themes, including conquering hate through education. Hear from Mina Fedor and the AAPI Youth Rising team on how we advocate for Asian American history to be taught in schools. Watch “ABC News Honors Asian American Culture with a Groundbreaking All-New Special“

Interview on the Today Show

May 23, 2022 | Check out our interview on the TODAY show! Mina, Siwoo, Aashi and Charlee share why it’s important to learn about our diverse histories. 

ACT TO CHANGE Community Reception + Changemaker Award for Mina Fedor

May 23, 2022 | We were in LA at Act to Change’s Community Reception for the 4th Annual National AAPI Day Against Hate and Bullying! Did you miss the Livestream? You can catch it here. Mina also was awarded the Changemaker of the Year Award. Thanks to Act to Change for believing in us from the beginning!

CBS Evening News

May 15, 2022 | Thank you CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell and Nancy Chen for covering our ONE DAY OF ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY launch. AAPI Youth Rising is sharing our lesson in classrooms across America!

AAPI Silicon Valley Culture Festival

May 15, 2022 | We joined AAPI Silicon Valley for their Culture Festival! Max spoke with Mina and we enjoyed all the cultural performances that day. Thank you @aapisv!

Act To Change 4th Annual National AAPI Day Against Hate and Bullying

May 12, 2022 | Act To Change is rallying the nation — including cities and states, community organizations, and influencers, community leaders and elected officials — to commemorate the fourth Annual National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Day Against Bullying + Hate on May 18, 2022. To honor Vincent Chin’s legacy and to commemorateContinue reading “Act To Change 4th Annual National AAPI Day Against Hate and Bullying”

AAPI Youth Rising + Healthier Generations Instagram LIVE

May 7, 2022 | Catch our Instagram LIVE conversation on May 17 at 12:45 p.m. PST/3:45 p.m. EST. Healthier Generations is speaking with AYR about how your family can get involved in supporting AAPI young people and inclusive communities. Also, check out Healthier Generation’s AAPI Heritage month resources!

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco and the Wells Fargo Foundation Mural Project

April 29, 2022 | What an honor to be a part of the @cccsanfrancisco and the Wells Fargo foundation mural project! The mural is a reminder that AAPI community heroes and stories matter. AYR served on a panel last year and helped select the heroes from over 5000 submissions from youth. Mural Location: 706 Jackson Street, SFContinue reading “Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco and the Wells Fargo Foundation Mural Project”

Asia Society SF’s Game Changer West Award ceremony

April 24, 2022 | We had such a fun time at @asiasocietysf’s Game Changer West Award ceremony! We met with honorees Time’s Kid of the Year Gitanjali Rao, Daniel Dae Kim and Stop AAPI Hate founder Russell Jeung! Plus we met all our friends from Asia Society in person!!!

May’s Big News Coming Up

April 24, 2022 | We have big news coming in May and are so grateful for Teach for America for capturing our story. We at AAPI Youth Rising believe that our histories should be told, and so we are SUPER excited about our upcoming action. STAY TUNED!

AALEAD Virginia Annual Day of Service

April 12, 2022 | Johann and Mina presented to elementary school and middle school students about AYR’s past year for Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development AALEAD Virginia’s Annual DAY OF SERVICE! It was great sharing our story with all their families too!

Teen Vogue Interview

March 19, 2022 | Amazing speaking with Teen Vogue who shared our message that all histories matter! AYR Charlee and Mina spoke with Teen Vogue.

Lead the Convo

February 27, 2022 | We joined Lead the Convo’s Social Justice Fair on February 20th! Mina and Charlee shared tips on how to build and grow our organization with the following student-led groups: Let’s Procrastinate, Youth for the People, Letters for Rose, Ask An Undergrad, Growth for Green, The Good Bros, Lead the Convo Eco,Continue reading “Lead the Convo”

Girl Scout Daisy Troop #76411

February 27, 2022 | Exciting speaking with our very first Girl Scout Daisy Troop! Thanks Sora, Rory, Penny, Stella, Kelsey and Taelee for reaching out to hear our story!

Dear Asian Youth Panel

February 18, 2022 | Join us at Dear Asian Youth’s panel on Feb 20th at 5pm PT to hear Mina, Johann, Jaslene and Charlee speak about our experiences with AAPI Youth Rising.

Meet Sean – Celebrating Black History Month

February 5, 2022 | At AAPI Youth Rising, we believe in celebrating our diverse youth voices! Huge shout out to guest contributor of the month, Sean for his Black History Month write-up. Thank you for sharing your message and celebrating with us! #blackhistorymonth #aapiyouthrising

Time Kid of the Year with Trevor Noah!

February 4, 2022 | So honored to be selected as @nickelodeon Top 5 Honoree for @TIME â€śKid of the Year!”🏆 Check out the TOP 5! *Orion Jean: founder, Race to Kindness orion_monaco_jean*Cash Daniels: environmental activist @theconservationkid*Samirah Horton, aka DJ Annie Red: anti-bullying activist @dj_annie_red*Lino Marrero: inventor @lino marrero*Mina Fedor: anti-racism leader @aapiyouthrising@mina.fedor Tune in Wednesday, February 9 at 7:30/6:30c. Hosted by @trevornoah

Asian Justice Rally

January 30, 2022 | Today we gathered in SF for the Asian Justice rally – a national rally taking place in five cities on the anniversary of the death of 84-year old Thai grandfather Vicha Ratanapakdee. ONE in FIVE Asian Americans have experienced a hate incident the past year. ONE in FIVE AAPI students haveContinue reading “Asian Justice Rally”

Humsub Global Interview

January 22, 2022 | Check out our talk with @humsubglobalteen Founder & Executive Director, Rahul Yates! HSGT is dedicated to building a community for multiracial and mixed race identities. The Multiracial population has changed considerably since 2010. It was measured at 9 million people in 2010 and is now 33.8 million people in 2020, a 276% increase!Continue reading “Humsub Global Interview”

Homeroom with Tan France

September 23, 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. 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 theirContinue reading “Homeroom with Tan France”

National Childrens Campaign – 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!

Boys & Girls Club + SAMSHA

July 21, 2021 | Working on our presentation for BOYS & GIRLS CLUB of MALIBU in PARTNERSHIP WITH SAMHSA – July 21, 2021. We 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.Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club + SAMSHA”

AAPI Youth Action Rally

June 26, 2021 | Thank you to @aapiyouthaction for organizing June’s inspirational rally in Pasadena. It’s uplifting to see other middle school youth taking action to speak up for our community. AAPI Youth Rising was honored to speak alongside trailblazers @repjudychu, @PasadenaMayorGordo, #senatorportantino, Susie Woo Associate Professor of American Studies at California State University, Lieutenant Anthony Burgess, AAPI Youth ActionContinue reading “AAPI Youth Action Rally”

Grantmakers for Thriving Youth

June 16, 2021 | Grantmakers for Thriving Youth – WEBINAR. AAPI Youth on Safety, Belonging and Thriving. Webinar recording of Mina speaking on June 16, 2021 here!

#LiveTogether Campaign

May 26, 2021 | #LiveTogether Challenge is launched by UNESCO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. The #LiveTogether challenge is a global campaign about raising solidarity and inclusion in the international community in the effort to fight racism and discrimination. AAPI Youth Rising is joining the movement and nominating our partners to participateContinue reading “#LiveTogether Campaign”

Berkeley Proclamation in honor of AAPI Youth Rising

September 14, 2022 | In May, 2021, the City of Berkeley awarded AAPI Youth Rising with a proclamation acknowledging our work to better our community through youth action. Thanks to Councilmember Robinson and Councilmember Kesarwani for supporting our communities and for nominating us. Thanks to the entire City Council for this honor!

What does an “American” look like?

May 15, 2021 | Illustrations by AAPI Youth Rising’s Mina Fedor Hwarang means warrior in Korean. Gyopo means an ethnic Korean who is part of the diaspora.

El Cerrito Human Relation Commission

May 12, 2021 | El Cerrito Human Relation Commission – Stop Anti-Asian Violence – Charlee and Mina shared our AYR stories and her allegory with the City of El Cerrito on Wednesday, May 12th from 6:30-8pm PST

Asia Society: Asian Americans Building America

May 10, 2021 | A few days after the AAPI Youth Rising rally, Mina had an interview 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!

March for Elders Rally

May 1, 2021 Thanks @asiansunitedus for organizing the March for Elders Rally and shout out to @_cam_cake_ for representing AYR and sharing her story as a proud, Asian American adoptee, and reminding us of the diversity implicit in being American. Cooper @itadakimasutako joined in leading the march with @mina.fedor! Check out our reel on IG!

AAPI Youth Rising Rally

March 28, 2021 | On March 28, 2021, we held the AAPI Youth Rising Rally. We raised our voices in support of the AAPI community to speak out against the rise in xenophobia. Over 1,200 people at the rally supported the cause. Simon Alejandrino, a teacher at Redwood Day School MC-ed the rally. Berkeley CouncilContinue reading “AAPI Youth Rising Rally”

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