The groups below spoke at our AAPI Youth Rising Rally held on March 28, 2021, where over 1200+ people showed up in support of the AAPI community. Thank you for sharing your inspirational messages with us all.

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. AAPI Youth Rising is a Partner Group this year and we are honored to be selected as a recipient of the Changemaker of the Year Award.

May 18 is the birthday of Vincent Chin, an Asian American who was murdered in a hate crime exactly four decades ago. 40 years later, AAPIs are still facing staggering amounts of hate and discrimination, which is causing dangerous mental health issues among AAPI youth. A recent Trevor Project study shows that 40% of AAPI LGBTQ youths have considered suicide in the last year.

To honor Vincent Chin’s legacy and to commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) in May, Act To Change invites you to join us in standing up to bullying, hate and racism.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Wed, May 18, 2022 3pm PT / 6pm ET RSVP:

IN-PERSON COMMUNITY EVENT: Join the Community Reception at @jamuseum to connect with #AAPI changemakers from across the country. [promo code KINDNESS for 50% off adult tix]

Act To Change

Act To Change is a nationwide anti-bullying group that has focused on anti-AAPI sentiment, specifically for middle schoolers.

Board member Elaine Dang asked us to start with “local actions”.

Compassion in Oakland

Compassion in Oakland is a group that protects elders who are afraid for their safety when they go out.

The founders of Compassion in Oakland helped us march to the SF Bay Pedestrian Footbridge.


AYPAL is an organization that is trying to empower Oakland’s low-income Asian & Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families.

Executive Director Stanley Pun shared about the history of AAPI racism in this country.


#HateIsAVirus is a nonprofit group that exists to dismantle racism and hate, specifically against Asian American Pacific Islanders.

Annie Wang shared a message with all of us and encouraged youth to speak up.

Beyond Differences

Beyond Differences is a student led organization that is trying to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging for everyone.

Teen board members Harita and Zhi shared their personal stories.

Akonadi Foundation

Akonadi Foundation works towards a racially just Oakland and ending the criminalization of Black Youth and Youth of Color in Oakland.

Lateefah Simon, the youngest woman to win the MacArthur “Genius” Grant, asked everyone to “listen to the youth who are leading the calvary”.

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