Our Work

President Biden honored AAPI Youth Rising at the “United We Stand” Summit

AAPI Youth Rising believes it is important for Americans of all races, religions, ages and political affiliations to come together to combat the rise in hate. All youth deserve to feel safe in America.

All youth can take small actions to make positive change in our communities. We know it from experience. We empower all youth to raise our collective voices.

How do we do this? We…

  • Teach our Histories. Asian American history is American History: Stream our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson, or sign up here for a FREE teach-in by emailing info@aapiyouthrising.org!
  • Raise our voices. We launched the ONE/180 pledge in support of at least one day of AAPI history + culture during the school year.
  • Advocate. We support ethnic studies and AAPI history mandates across the country. 
  • Create. We launched a Creative Corner where we make art and blog. We organized the Our Diverse Voices youth art showcase and more.
  • Take small actions. Check out our Action Corner for small actions you can take.
  • Build coalitions. Interested in partnering with us? Reach out!
  • Grow Youth mental and physical health, reproductive justice, gun control. These issues increasingly matter to us. Our futures depend on our participation.

Speaking Out

Teaching Asian American Narratives through Literature” Teachers Workshop (3:30pm PST/5:30pm CST/6:30pm ET, September 27, 2023) AYR is excited to join the 1990 Institute as a sponsor for the 1990 Institute‘s “Teaching Asian American Narratives through Literature” Teachers Workshop with amazing speakers Noreen Naseem Rodriguez and Diana Liu. The workshop is free and open to the public! Register HERE!

Rotary Club of Saratoga (August 17, 2023) Mina shares the AAPI Youth Rising story with the Saratoga Rotary.

College of Marin: Equity in Mental Health Symposium (August 16, 2023) Mina speaks on the Uprising: Supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth panel moderated by Dr. Lauren Servais. Join us for a 2-day symposium open to the public.

Katie Couric Media (July 26, 2023) Sophia Paley from Katie Couric Media shares the AYR story.

Teach For America (June 15, 2023) Check out AYR’s interview with Teach For America!

Ohio Statehouse Visit advocating for AAPI History Mandate (June 13, 2023) AYR’s Ohio Chapter Leader Abby joins OPAWL at the Ohio Statehouse to advocate for an AAPI History mandate! Email info@aapiyouthrising.org to join!

CNN: Kids aren’t always taught AAPI history in schools. These people are trying to change that. (May 31, 2023) Check out Jaslene and Mina’s interview with CNN.

TIMID Magazine (May 31, 2023) Hear about the 5th Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate and how we celebrated our strength and our hope for the future.

Center for Law and Social Policy (May 31, 2023) Shout out to Landy Lin for recognizing AYR in her “AAPI Heritage Month, Transcending the Myth” article!

Stop Mental Health Stigma in Our Communities Act (May 31, 2023) Did you know that suicide is the leading cause of death for 10-24 year old API from 2018-2020? Mental health stigma in our communities is real and we have to do something about it now. Join us in endorsing the Stop Mental Health Stigma in Our Communities Act introduced by CAPAC Chairwoman Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) for AANHPI Mental Health Day and National Mental Health Awareness Month. Organizations sign here. Individuals, write your legislators here!

Obama Foundation (May 30, 2023) Mina joins the Obama Foundation’s AANHPI Heritage Month affinity group panel.

Minnesota: Include AAPI History (May 28, 2023) AYR’s Minnesota Chapter Leader Emma Yu launches a petition to collaborate with State rep. Patricia Mueller in effort to transform the Minnesota AAPI History bill into law.

Stop AAPI Hate Crimes Website (May 27, 2023) AYR Chapter Leader Kaleb Condez launches Stop AAPI Hate crimes website with a mission to educate on AAPI Hate crimes, share AAPI organizations and protect against racism.

San Francisco presentation of AYR’s ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY Lesson (May 26, 2023) AYR Board Leaders Charlee and Cooper lead a teach-in of the ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY Lesson to middle school students at Presidio Knolls School in San Francisco!

Galileo Camps (May 24, 2023) Thank you for recognizing AYR as an organization to support during AANHPI Heritage month and beyond!

Minority Business Review (May 25, 2023) MBR reviews AYR’s One Day of AAPI History Lesson campaign.

Pasadena presentation of AYR’s ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY Lesson (May 24, 2023) AYR’s Pasadena Chapter Leaders Hudson, Lucias and Eloise lead a teach-in to their middle school/elementary school classroom! Congrats to our youngest speaker Eloise!

Gainsight Fireside Chat (May 22, 2023) AYR Chapter Leaders Mei (Michigan) and Mimi (Oakland) join a conversation with the Gainsight team. Hear Mimi’s and Mei’s personal stories about how they are speaking out. Mimi writes about it here.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation (May 21, 2023) Join us and @HealthierGen to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Explore Healthier Generation’s collection of family and school resources to celebrate health in every generation including “How to Foster Self-Awareness When Challenging Emotions Arise“. Through newly launched educator resources, our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY LESSON and Act to Change resources will reach 54,000+ school districts, 113,697 direct educator emails and more.

The United States Department of Justice: Remarks by Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke (May 18, 2023). AYR is so honored to be introduced by Assistant Attorney General Clarke. We couldn’t be more grateful for her words during the Fifth Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying & Hate.

Choose Your Own Adventure May Newsletter (May 18, 2023) Mina, Mina (Oakland Chapter Leader), Saanvi (TX Chapter Leader) and Johanna (AZ Chapter Leader) join Choose Your Own Adventure May Newsletter and the Cassandra Report as we talk about what our hopes are for AAPI Youth Rising and what it means to be a youth adventurer.

Act to Change’s 2023 Allied Organization of the Year (May 18, 2023) AYR is honored to be named Act to Change’s 2023 Allied Organization of the Year! We celebrate the 5th Annual Day Against Bullying & Hate. Support of Act to Change’s anti-bullying movement helps the AAPI community become stronger, safer, and more visible. The gala was attended by special guests, awardees, and honorees, including Daniel Dae Kim, Kiran Ahuja, Daniel Martin, Bing Chen, Liz Kleinrock, Ryan Alexander Holmes, Sheetal Sheth, and more.

AYR Visits Senator Mazie Hirono (May 18, 2023) AYR visited Senator Hirono! We discussed the latest with the ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson campaign and we learned more about how we can support the Teaching Asian Pacific American History Act, Stop Mental Health Stigma in Our Communities Act (118th Congress) and more. Thank you to Hirono’s team for making this happen.

Featured in a Daily Californian Article “‘Stronger together’: Asian American Pacific Islander activists continue to address community issues (May 12, 2023) Thank you to the Daily Californian and shout-out to Matthew Yoshimoto for writing this wonderful article! Mina speaks out.

AYR presents to Harker School in San Jose (May 11, 2023) Mina presents to Harker School!

National AANHPI Mental Health Day (May 10, 2023) Join AYR in supporting a national resolution to set May 10 as the National AANHPI Mental Health Day. This year, the national resolution will be introduced again on May 10th, marking the 3rd anniversary of AANHPI Mental Health Day. Amidst a rise in anti-Asian racism and violence, it is crucial to celebrate and center the mental health and wellbeing of AANHPI communities nationwide. Write your representative to support this national resolution! AYR is proud to join as a partner organization with NAAPIMHA. Mina signs on on behalf of AYR.

Make Us Visible NJ (May 9, 2023) AYR signed Make Us Visible New Jersey’s open letter for the Inclusion of AAPI History on AP US History Exam. They reported to use that AAPI History was on the 2023 AP US History Exam! We show our thanks to the College Board and Educational Testing Services (ETS) for including the Supreme Court case United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 1898, and showing youth how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders contributed to the formation of our country and the development of our citizenship laws.

AAPI Youth Rising joins community leaders and the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom in praising the launch of CAvsHate.org (May 9, 2023) Visit CAvsHate.org or call 833-8-NO-HATE for resources and to anonymously report acts of hate. Charlee and Ethan joined community leaders in speaking in support of California’s first-ever statewide anti-hate hotline. Mina provided comments to Newsom’s office and Ethan and Charlee joined for the launch and Jaslene, Charlee and Mina carry the Statement of Work for 2023. We are excited for the launch! Check out www.californiavshate.org.

Free The Pill Day (May 9, 2023) Free the Pill Day is celebrated annually to recognize the anniversary of the day the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first birth control pill in 1960. This year, it also marks the start of the FDA’s two-day advisory committee meeting to review the first-ever application for an over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pill! We are one step closer to FDA approval! Mina joins advocacy day on May 16th. Mina speaks to the FDA Advisory Committee on May 17th.

White House screening of American Born Chinese (May 8, 2023) AAPI Youth Rising invited to the screening of American Born Chinese at the White House! What an honor to hear President Biden’s advice on if one of us runs for office. And the incredible Ke Huy Quan inspires us all. Check it out here. Thank you White House for an experience of a lifetime.

Right Our Story, a project by California Mental Health Commission (May 8, 2023) Join AYR as we partner with Right Our Story during the Week of Action from May 7th to May 13th to take a stand against race-based bullying.

Phillip Lim’s “Bridging Generations” with Michelle Yeoh (May 6, 2023) Shout out to costume designer for American Born Chinese and Creative Director, Phillip Lim for putting together an amazing panel — including Michelle Yeoh! Mina spoke alongside Sophia Li (journalist), Phillip Lim, Michelle Yeoh, Peter Lee (photographer), Michelle Wie West (golfer), Chloe Flower (pianist and composter).

TAAF Heritage Month Summit and Celebration (May 5-6, 2023) AYR’s East Coast Chapter Leaders Meg Dimaano, Abigail Xiao join Mina at TAAF Heritage Month Summit & Celebration in NYC! Over 500+ leaders from across sectors are coming together to cultivate community, build relationships, and explore urgent issues and action steps surrounding representation, anti-hate, and education. We also get an exclusive sneak peek of Disney+’s hotly-anticipated American Born Chinese where Mina speaks alongside Michelle Yeoh and Phillip Lim.

AYR presents to Head Royce School (May 5, 2023) Shout out to AYR Chapter Leaders Miles, Isabelle and Alix who presented our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson in-person to Head Royce Middle!

American Counseling Association covers The White House Forum (May 5, 2023) For Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, the Biden-Harris Administration hosted a White House Forum at George Washington University. The second panel was moderated by Richard Lui, Anchor and Journalist with MSNBC/NBC News. He was joined by DJ Ida, Executive Director for National Asian American Pacific Islanders Mental Health Association, David Ko, CEO of the Calm App, Sahaj Kohli, founder of the Brown Girl Therapy, and Mina Fedor, Founder and Executive Director of AAPI Youth Rising. This panel discussed ways to move forward to foster change around mental health in AANHPI communities. Vice President Kamala Harris closed the forum by highlighting the achievements of the Biden-Harris Administration towards advancing equity, justice, and opportunities for the AANHPI communities. 

California vs. Hate Resource Line and Network (11:00am PST, May 4, 2023) In Sacramento, CA, AYR’s Charlee and Ethan (AYR Board Members) are honored to join the California Civil Rights Department in the official launch of the CA vs Hate campaign! California vs Hate is a new initiative to report and address hate across the state. Join AYR at the press conference featuring state and community leaders who are dedicated to combating hate. Jaslene, Charlee and Mina head up the work engagement.

AYR presents to Presidio Knolls School (May 4, 2023) Shout out to Mia Fung (SF), Maile (SF) and Ethan (AYR Board) for presenting to PKS in San Francisco!

White House AAPI Heritage Month Forum (May 3, 2023) Mina speaks on the “Supporting the Mental Health Care Needs of AA and NHPI Communities.” We are so honored to celebrate on May 3rd in Washington, D.C. The event, which is open to the public, will feature Biden-Harris Administration officials, groundbreaking artists, and community trailblazers. We had the honor of meeting VP Harris who spoke at the plenary session and we got a shout out from Senator Hirono on the main stage! Stream the 2023 White House Forum on AANHPI here!

Mina Fedor, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Saweetie and More Honored on Gold House’s 2023 A100 List (May 1, 2023) AYR’s Mina is honored to be named among Gold House’s 2023 Most Impactful Asians A100 list. The A100 List honors trailblazers across the industry who are at the forefront of what the organization calls the “new gold age.” Gold House celebrated honorees and announce several new initiatives at the second annual Gold Gala during AAPI month on May 6 in downtown Los Angeles.

Participate in a youth research study with the University of Southern California (May 2023). Join a study for 12-to-17-year-old adolescents of color to help us with developing a new tool to study the effects of discrimination and stress. Click on the following link survey: https://usc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBMTEtMwvTHlzfM. Charlee coordinates.

Cooper Grant Writing (May 2023) AYR Board: Cooper closed out taxes, financials and continues to seek out grant opportunities.

Charlee on Operations (May 2023) AYR Board: Charlee keeps us all together at AYR. She is the operations powerhouse behind all that you see. Questions about future events? email charlee@aapiyouthising.org.

Ethan AYR Lessons (May 2023) AYR Board: Ethan continues to schedule teach-ins and mentor the next generation of youth voices. Reach out to ethan@aapiyouthrising.org to schedule a teach-in.

Minnesota presentation of AYR’s ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY Lesson (May 2023) AYR’s Michigan Chapter Leader Emma Yu presents to high school (9th, 10th, and 11th grade classrooms with almost 200 students). Voices like Emma’s are the future. Check out her blog post!

NBC Kids Nightly News with Lester Holt (May TBD 2023) Mina joins NBC Kids Nightly News with Lester Holt. Stay tuned for air date.

Choose Your Own Adventure: May Newsletter (May 2023) AYR’s Mina, Soha, Mimi and Johanna are interviewed for the May Choose Your Own Adventure Newsletter!

One Day of AAPI History Teach-In with Head Royce (May 2023) Shout out to AYR Chapter Leader Miles (Oakland), Podcast Manager Isabel (Oakland) and Alix for presenting to Head Royce middle school!

Asia Society Northern California Game Changer West (May 2023) AYR is honored to accept Asia Society’s Game Changer West award from Stop AAPI Hate’s Russell Jeung. Listen to Mina’s speech about how everyone can be a game changer.

Jaslene on Website 2.0 (May 2023) AYR’s Board Member Jaslene spearheads all website communication. Stay tuned for AYR 2.0.

Gold House A100 (May 2023) Mina is named to the 2023 Gold House A100 list! Every May, the A100 List honors the 100 Asia and Pacific Islanders (APIs) who had the most impact on culture and society over the past year. The A100 is the definitive Asian Pacific award in the country recognizing those who have most significantly impacted American culture and society, as voted on by top organizations, leaders, and allies and is the only award of its kind to consistently receive mainstream coverage.

Encyclopedia Brittanica spotlights AYR! (May 2023) Super honored to be covered by Encyclopedia Britannica for the Asian American and Pacific Islander month issue of “BSchool News”! Mina interviews with the EB team.

Katz Media (May 2023) Mina is named an AANHPI Future Leader by Katz Media!

AAPISV presents 2nd Annual Cultural Festival (12:00pm-4:00pm PST, May 21, 2023) Join AYR at the Cupertino main library as we team up with AAPI Silicon Valley for their 2nd annual Cultural Festival! Through vendors, community organizations, and booths, our purpose of this event is to celebrate the cultural mosaic of Asian Pacific Island arts and music.

APIA Biography Project website features activities, videos, and resources (May 2023) “Wall of Fame” exhibits will also be showcased at the Children’s Center and Chinese Center. The first 50 children ages 12 and under will receive a goody bag upon completing a scavenger hunt at the Main Library. 

APIA (Asian Pacific Islander American) Biography Project How They Got There (April 30, 2023) The APIA Biography Project, a multi-community collaboration between the San Francisco Main Library and academic and community-based organizations, presents a family-oriented kickoff event for AANHPI Heritage Month. This year’s 10th-anniversary celebration turns the spotlight to distinguished APIA politicians and the election voting process.

Asia Society San Francisco (April 19, 2023) We are honored to be named a 2023 Game Changer West Honoree! Join us at Asia Society’s 25th-year Gala at San Francisco’s City Hall. Asia Society SF has always been a part of our journey and we are honored to be recognized in this way. Asia Society’s CEO Kevin Rudd first spoke with Mina as part of Asian Americans Building America in 2021 and we’re excited to celebrate with Asia Society SF once again!

AAPI History with AYR AZ Chapter Leader Johanna Villanueva (April 17, 2023) AYR AZ Chapter Leader teaches AAPI History! Cheers to AZ Keller Realty for spreading the word! Check out Johanna’s blog and read the “What You Should Learn About AAPI History” article here!

Youth Art Expo (12:00pm-6:00pm PST, April 15, 2023) AYR joins another E14 Gallery production! We’re excited to celebrate youth creativity in Old Oakland. join us for a creative outdoor market, food, music and performance – all by youth and for youth! Old Oakland at 9th and Broadway.

AYR attends 1990 Institute’s 2023 Teachers Workshop (March 22, 2023) AYR’s Board Members Jaslene Lai and Ethan Su present at the 1990 Institute Teacher Workshop.

Asians Are Strong Our Time (March 13, 2023) AYR joins Asians Are Strong for Our Time: an event celebrating AAPI Women at the historic Ferry Building in SF! Join us on Sunday, March 12th @ 3pm. Come see performances, hear from inspirational speakers, share great food and look out for Bay Area heroes! Mina will be speaking on a panel with Helen ZiaMay Lee, Victoria Fu, CEO of The Chemist Confessions, and Michelle from Asians Are Strong will moderate.

Lafayette Elementary School and Richmond Afterschool Program in San Francisco (March 10, 2023) We learn just as much from teaching as we hope our students do! Today we spoke with 4th graders who engaged with us and asked great questions. Kudos to all the kids and Augustus Tagaro for running a great program! Shout out to Mina and Ethan for leading the teach-in .

AYR presents to The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (March 2023) AYR had the amazing opportunity of sharing our story with the White House and the President’s Advisory Commission. Mina, Jaslene and Ethan provided our youth perspective on the barriers and challenges facing AA and NHPI youth as it relates to mental health and other health inequities that affect AA and NHPI youth.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation (February 2023) Read about our partnership with Alliance for a Healthier Generations in their Annual Report. Our partnership with AHG was such an honor and we’re excited to partner with AHG again in 2023!

The White House Initiative on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Commission (February 2023) Mina, Jaslene, and Ethan are proud to present to the White House AANHPI Commission about youth mental health. The Commissioners are interested in hearing about the youth experience and AYR’s mission and hopes for the future.

Mentoring.org (February 2023) Shout out to Mentoring.org for listing us as a resource for youth! Check out others too like Beyond Differences’ Stand Up for AAPI Youth Campaign. GLSEN’s AAPI LGBTQ Youth and Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development and Becoming a Better Mentor.

Make Us Visible PA (February 2023) MUVPA towards including our stories in PA curriculum. We are proud to support the network of national Make Us Visible actions around the country. Thank you for highlighting us and our organizational support of Make Us Visible.

CAAPLE Podcast (February 2023) Mina, Anna, Charlee, Johanna and Pritam join in a conversation with the California Association of Asian & Pacific Leaders in Public Education. We speak with Dr. Shana Henry about why it’s important to include AANHPI history in schools. Big shout out to Johanna and Pritam for their first podcast with AYR!

Remembrance of the 2-year Anniversary of Vicha Ratanapakdee (January 28, 2023). Ethan and other AYR members will attend the Remembrance event at the Justice for Vicha Mural (southwest corner of California St. and Grant Ave). All are invited to attend. 

Unity Walk at Tempe Beach Park, AZ (January 28, 2023) AYR’s new Chapter Leader Johanna is leading the way at the Unity Walk in Arizona! Cheers to Johanna for representing AYR as our new AZ Chapter Leader and for sharing our message that it’s important for all youth to come together!

Rotary Club of Los Altos (January 5, 2023) Mina shares the “Our Youth Voices are Rising” presentation with the Los Altos Rotary. Social media manager Athena also joined for Q&A.

The White House Lunar New Year Celebration (January 2023) Mina, Jaslene, Anna, and Charlee were invited to the White House to attend the first-ever large-scale AANHPI Lunar New Year Celebration at the White House.

Albany Superintendent Community Update (January 2023) Charlee is highlighted as one of the AYR founding board members invited to the White House for the Lunar New Year Celebration! Cheers to Mina, Charlee, Anna and Jaslene for this special honor!

University of Maryland School of Medicine (January 2023) The National Center for School Mental Health lists AYR and our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY as an Interactive Resource.

Women in Politics and AAPI Youth Rising Collaboration (ongoing in 2023) Stay tuned for an exciting collaboration between AYR and WIP!

Girls Leadership and a national youth participatory research study on AAPI girls and gender-expansive youth (ongoing in 2023) AYR is proud to join as an Ambassador organization to the first-of-its-kind large-scale national research to study to learn and understand more how AAPI girls define leadership and their identities in relationship to leadership. Charlee leads this project.

The HEAL Act Mina speaks with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum on ways to partner on the Health Equity and Access Under the Law for Immigrant Families act (HEAL Act). Every person should be able to get affordable health care, regardless of the status they have been granted in the U.S. Mina launches the Action corner and includes the HEAL Act.

Free the Pill (December 2022) Mina and Cooper join Free the Pill to discuss ways to partner on the first over the counter birth control pill. Mina launches the Action corner and includes Free the Pill.

Aurora Theater Company opens 31st season with world premiere of “Colonialism is Terrible, but Pho is Delicious” (November 18, 2022). Mina and Charlee speak at the Opening Night reception and panel with playwright Dustin Chinn. Kudos to Mina, Charlee, Cooper, Madison, Mimi, Aashi, and Anna for joining.

Asian Pacific America (November 13, 2022) Mina joins Robert Handa on “Asian Pacific America”. NBC Bay Area KNTV 11 and 6 p.m. on COZI TV (Comcast 186).

DIGNITY.US (November 2022) AYR joins a bipartisan project led by former White House domestic policy council directors who served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump. Dignity.us is a citizens’ initiative to address hate-fueled violence in America. You can share your story now.

Changemakers Summit 2022 (October 29, 2022) Changemakers Summit is a national AAPI Youth Conference created in partnership with Act to Change, Hate is a Virus, and Stop AAPI Hate . The Changemakers Summit will take place virtually on October 29, 2022 from 10:00am – 3:00pm PST. Mina will lead a conversation with Teach for America’s Soukprida Phetmisy.

TimeforKids Your Job (Oct 25, 2022) TFK kid reporters and Mina hear about the future of the healthcare industry from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. 

NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa (October 23, 2022) Mina speaks with Robert Handa about AAPI Youth Rising’s most recent actions

Asian Pacific Fund Gala (October 22, 2022) AYR is invited to speak at the Asian Pacific Fund Annual Gala. This year’s honoree is MSNBC/NBC News Anchor, Author & Director Richard Lui. Mina will speak about AYR’s ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY LESSON campaign and our recent teach-ins.

Time for Kids (October 19, 2022) Mina speaks with the CEO of Generation Citizen, a nonprofit group working towards lowering the voting age to 16.

Vicha Ratanapakdee Street Naming Ceremony in San Francisco (October 1, 2022) AYR is invited to speak alongside SF politicians and civil rights leaders at the Vicha Ratanapakdee 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. Cheers to Mina, Jaslene, Cooper, Charlee, Max, Ethan, and Aashi for speaking out!

Alive and Free (October 2022) Mina speaks with Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr., the Executive Director of Alive and Free, about her experience at the White House Summit on Hate and Violence. Check it out here!

#HateIsAVirus TikTok (October 2022) A day in the life of AAPI Youth Rising. 

Mochi Magazine (September 19, 2022) Mina and the AYR board joins in an interview with Mochi Magazine.

President Biden’s Remarks at the White House and Mina named a “Uniter” (September 15, 2022) Biden’s remarks at the “United We Stand Summit” mark the importance of coming togehter at this first-of-its-kind summit here in the White House pulling together bi-partisan support to stand united against hate-fueled violence.

The White House United We Stand Summit (September 15, 2022) Mina is named a “Uniter” by President Biden. She represents AYR at the White House for a full day summit addressing the increase in hate fueled violence. You can stream the entire summit here.

Asian Pacific Voices TV & Radio (August 2022) Mina joins Asian Pacific Voices for Episode 26 as she discusses her journey with AYR.

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 lesson to these students! Thank you Cameron House for the opportunity!

AYR presents to the UPS Executive Team (July 19, 2022) Kudos to Mina, Maxwell and Charlee for presenting to the UPS Executive Team!

AYR presents to Accenture (July 12, 2022) Cheers to Mihika, Cooper, Mina, Angely, Maxwell and Soha for presenting!

Weil, Gotshal & Manges Law Firm (July 2022) AYR’s Mina, Charlee, and Aashi present to the Silicon Valley office. Thank you Karen Ballack for organizing!

Talking Story: Interview with Mina and Max (July 2022) Hear Pastor Gerald Chinen speak with Mina and Max about their AYR journey.

Changing Tides Podcast with Matthew Yonemura (July 2022) We first met Matt at the Act to Change event in May 2022. Mina, and Max connected with Matt to hear more about Changing Tides and our journey too!

Unity March (June 25, 2022) AYR joins as a partner organization to the Unity March. The Unity March is an Asian American multicultural event to advance socioeconomic and cultural equity, racial justice, and solidarity.

Asian Voices Podcast (June 17, 2022) Mina’s interview can be found at asianvoicesradio.com

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!

Make Us Visible FL (June 2022) AYR is proud to join as a sponsor to the Make Us Visible Florida petition to include Asian American history in K-12 education curriculum in Florida. Sign the petition now!

Washington Post (May 31, 2022) The Washington Post helps launch the ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY! Hear from Mina, Charlee and Max about the launch.

How to College First Gen (May 29, 2022) Thank you for listing AYR as a first place to start when unpacking AAPI identity and the model minority myth!

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 and the AAPI Youth Rising team on how we advocate for Asian American history to be taught in schools.

ABC News and Good Morning America (May 27, 2022) Juju Chang speaks with Mina and GMA about AAPI Youth Rising. See it here!

IG LIVE with Diversify Our Narrative (4:00pm PST, May 26, 2022) Join Mina as she speaks with DON about our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson. DON is launching their K-12 curriculum with OCA next month! Fun fact, DON lead the student coalition that AYR joined last year in support of AB 101, the CA ethnic studies mandate.

California Afterschool Network celebrates AAPI Youth Rising.

Scholastic Kids Press (May 20, 2022) We met with 7th grade Kid Reporter Elise Choi right after we taught our first classrooms in Los Angeles! Charlee, Max, and Mina spoke with Elise.

Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women (May 20, 2022) Thank you to all the Commissioners for hearing about all our actions and how you can support AYR! Mina, Charlee, and Max joined in the meeting.

Good Morning America (May 19, 2022) GMA celebrates 14 changemakers in the AANHPI Inspiration List, including AAPI Youth Rising! See the announcement here.

Teach for America (May 18, 2022) TFA interviews Mina with Charlee, Anna, and Johann for the ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson plan. You can find the Lesson materials at TFA!

Today Show (May 18, 2022) Savannah Sellars speaks with Mina, Aashi, and Charlee about our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson plan launch!

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 (May 18, 2022) We are proud to be a partner group again in 2022!

Healthier Generations + AYR Instagram Live (12:30pm PST, May 17, 2022) Mina join HG’s Daniel in a conversation about how families can get involved in supporting AAPI and inclusive communities. HG also highlights our ONE/180 Pledge!

CBS Evening News with Nora O’Donnell (May 11, 2022) CBS Correspondent Nancy Chen speaks with the AAPI Youth Rising Team about the ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY Lesson encouraging schools to teach Asian American history.

Cut Fruit Collective AAPI Heritage Month Community Fair (May 1, 2022) Charlee, Aashi, Mina, Cooper, Max and Johann tabled at the fair to collect signatures for our ONE/180 Pledge and also share our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson launch!

GMA Inspiration List: Celebrating AANHPI Changemakers (May 2022) Mina made the list of 2022 AANHPI Changemakers! Check out the inspiration list!

Catch Up Crew (April 29, 2022) Hear about AYR’s actions from Mina.

CCCSF + Wells Fargo Foundation AAPI Community Heroes Mural Project unveil (April 27, 2022) Mina spoke at the big mural unveil with Charlee and Aashi too! We helped select the AAPI Heroes depicted on the mural in SF Chinatown from over 7000 nominations submitted by students from all over the Bay Area. It reminds us of all the stories that need to be told about our AAPI histories and community heroes! Check it out here and a news story here!

AALEAD Virginia Annual Day of Service (April 12, 2022) Johann and Mina presented to elementary school and middle school students for Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development AALEAD Virginia’s Annual DAY OF SERVICE! It was great sharing our story with everyone!

Now this News (April 12, 2022) Mina joins Now this News and speaks about her hero and the legacy of Grace Lee Boggs.

Act to Change’s Youth Ambassador program (April 8, 2022) Anna, Charlee, Johann, Max, Mina joined Act to Change’s inaugural Youth Ambassador program. We met weekly for the past few months to learn how we initiate change in our communities. Our capstone project was an anti-bullying lesson that we are rolling out in the coming months. 

Teen Vogue (March 17, 2022) Mina speaks with Teen Vogue about how we’re finding hope.

Beyond Differences (Feb 3, 2022) Thank you for congratulating Mina! Beyond Differences youth leaders Zhi and Harita spoke at the AYR rally when we first came together!

Time Kid of the Year – Meet the TOP 5! (Feb 2022) AAPI Youth Rising’s Mina is honored to be named a Top 5 Finalist for Time Kid of the Year!

Girl Scouts – Daisy Troop Presentations (Feb 2022) Super fun being invited to present to Daisy Troops! We joined in on a lesson about xenophobia. Charlee and Mina loved meeting the daisies!

Dear Asian Youth Irvine (Feb 2022) Dear Asian Youth’s Irvine Chapter organized their first summit! It was such an inspirational day hearing from DAY’s founder Stephanie and also Desi Project. We had the best time, Also, Johann and Jaslene spoke out with AAPI Youth Rising for the first time!

Lead the Convo (Feb 2022) We joined Lead the Convo for their first Social Justice Fair! We connected with many youth groups and swapped stories on how to grow our organizations. Charlee and Mina presented.

Shine Global (Feb 2022) Mina spoke with Sean from Shining a Light.

American Girl Making Herstory (Feb 2022) In celebration of Corinne Tan, the first Chinese American Girl of the Year and Lunar New Year, American Girl is shining a spotlight on a multi-generational group of girls and women from the AAPI community. Mina Fedor, Team USA figure skater Alysa Liu, celebrated choreographer Ellen Kim, and Joanne Baik spoke out.

Good Morning America (Jan 2022) We announced the AAPI Youth Rising partnership with American Girl for Corinne Tam, the first Chinese American Girl of the Year Doll. Mina spoke alongside AAPI Youth Rising Team members.

Mattel – MADE (Jan 2022) Mina shared her story alongside American Girl’s marketing team, author Wendy Shong and Dr. Jennifer Ho with the Mattel AAPI ERG.

HumSub GlobalTEEN (Jan 2022) Mina and Charlee joined HSGT’s founder for their 6th interview.

Generation Change Podcast with Leo Finelli (Jan 2022) Mina and Maxwell joined Leo Finelli for a podcast interview.

NPR News and “Girl of the Year” (Jan 7, 2022) Mina introduces AYR’s partnership with American Girl. We are so proud to be the partner organization for Corinne Tan, the first American Girl: Chinese-American Girl of the Year.

AAPI Women Lead’s 4th Annual #ImReady2021 Movement Virtual Conference (December 11, 2021) Mina shared on a panel about youth action.

Changemakers Summit 2021 (October 2021) Mina, Aashi, Anna, Charlee, and Mila presented at a youth leadership panel. This was Act to Change’s 3rd Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Conference in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month in partnership with Hate is a Virus, and Stop AAPI Hate.

CCCSF + Wells Fargo Foundation AAPI Community Heroes Mural Project (September 2021) Mina and Aashi served as youth judges for the AAPI Community Heroes mural project.

Diablo Magazine (August 20, 2021) Mina is named as a 2021 Agent of Change.

Asia Society Northern California – Future of Education Summit (July 29-30, 2021)
Mina spoke alongside HumSub GlobalTeen, Afghan Robotics and VIPKid. Cooper, Max, Harita and Shubb presented on the AYR Panel.

Boys & Girls Club + SAMSHA (July 2021) Mina, Mila, and Anna presented the Social Justice Unit for Empowered Voices.

Grantmakers for Thriving Youth (June 2021) Mina presented at the AAPI Youth on Safety, Belonging and Thriving webinar.

When YOUthVote Panel (May 2021) Mina presented at a youth voting rights panel.

DoSomething.org (May 2021) Mina included in the list of 10 Young Asian American and Pacific Islander Activists!

El Cerrito Human Relations Commission (May 2021) Mina and Charlee joined the Stop Anti-Asian Violence circle.

Asia Society: Asian Americans Building America (May 2021) Mina spoke with Asia Society’s CEO and Australia’s 26th Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.


  • AAPI Youth Rising Rally in Berkeley, CA on March 9, 2021 – organizer
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