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 deserve an inclusive education filled with the diversity of our histories. Our youth voices are rising.”

AAPI Youth Rising Actions

AAPI Youth Rising is an organization founded by middle-schoolers. Our mission is to take small actions to make positive change in our communities. In March 2021, AAPI Youth Rising organized a 1,200+ person rally in Berkeley, CA to bring awareness to the increase in xenophobia against Asians in America. Education is the key to combatting racism. So we launched the ONE/180 pledge in support of at least one day of AAPI history + culture during the school year and we organized the Our Diverse Voices youth art showcase in support of learning about our diverse histories.

Now we volunteer to teach students across America about the untold history of Asians in America through our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson. SIGN UP HERE TO LEARN MORE.

The White House honored us at the “United We Stand” Summit on September 15, 2022 for our work. We have spoken with the TODAY Show, Washington Post, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, Teach For America, the first primetime special about Asians in America “Together As One” by Soul of a Nation, and many others. TIME Magazine wrote about us here when Mina was named Time Kid of the Year – Top Five. We are also proud to be the 2022 Partner Organization for American Girl‘s first Chinese American Girl of the Year, Corinne Tan. Thanks for stopping by!

ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY LESSON

Interested in ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY? Asian American history is American History. AYR developed a one-hour lesson about some of the untold stories of Asians in America. It’s time to learn our stories and celebrate our heroes. The AYR team would like to share our lesson to you! To schedule our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson for grades 4 through 12, sign up here. It’s free! You can learn more here and here.

Our lesson launched in May 2022 and we have already taught hundreds of students. We launched in Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Mountain View. For Fall of 2022, we are adding new states: Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Virginia, and New York. We are also teaching across the Bay Area.

ONE/180 pledge

Sign the ONE/180 Pledge in support of at least one day of AAPI History + Culture during the school year.

Our Diverse Voices Youth Art Showcase

Over 40+ youth artists created art on display at E14 Gallery in Oakland, CA for the Our Diverse Voices youth art showcase highlighting the importance of learning about our diverse histories. AB 101, the California Ethnic Studies Mandate, inspired our art activism and was passed into law days before our show! Check out student art here.

AAPI Youth Rising Rally

In March 2021, AAPI Youth Rising organized a 1,200+ person rally in Berkeley, CA to bring awareness to the increase in xenophobia against Asians in America. Over 15 youth, Berkeley council members, and youth organizations spoke out during this incredible day.

Actions

Education. Education is the key to combatting racism and stereotypes. We support efforts on a local, state and national level. We do this by phone banking, writing op-eds, emailing and supporting all the national groups spearheading these efforts. You can too.

Voting. As the fastest-growing racial and ethnic group in America, the AAPI vote is critical. Youth can learn about issues now so you can be educated voters in the future!

Speaking Out

Upcoming this month: Sign up for our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson that we have taught across the Bay Area, Southern California and Massachusetts! SIGN UP HERE TO JOIN.

For the 2022-2023 school year schools in Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Virginia, and New York and the Bay Area have signed up for our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson!

Here’s a partial list of schools AYR has presented to or will be presenting to in the coming months!

Davis Phoenix Coalition in Davis, CA

Friends of Lincoln Square Park in Oakland, CA

Niles West High School in Skokie, IL

Rotolo Middle School in Batavia,

Illinois Westfield High School in Westfield,

NJ Matawan Aberdeen Middle School in NJ

Chantilly High School in Chantilly, VA Mackay School in Tenafly, NJ

Clear View School in NY

Presidio High School in San Francisco, CA

Chaplin School in Princeton, NJ

Walden School in Pasadena, CA

Brookline Public High School in Brookline, MA

Chandler Elementary School in Pasadena, CA

Chandler Middle School, Pasadena, CA

The Cameron House, San Francisco, CA

King Middle School, Berkeley, CA;

Black Pine Circle Lower School an Black Pine Circle Upper School in Berkeley, CA

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.

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.

The Cameron House (July 19th, 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!

Changing Tides Podcast with Matthew Yonemura (July 2022) 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!

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

Asian Voices Podcast (June 17, 2022) Mina’s interview can be found at https://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!

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.

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

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!

IG LIVE with Diversify Our Narrative (May 26, 2022 at 4pm PT) Join AYR as we speak 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.

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!

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, Siwoo, 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, Charlee, and Siwoo 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 on May 18, 2022. We are proud to be a partner group again in 2022!

Healthier Generations + AYR Instagram Live (May 17, 2022 @ 12:30pm PT) Mina and Siwoo join HG’s Daniel in a conversation about how families can get involved in supporting AAPI and inclusive communities.

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, Siwoo, 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!

CCCSF + Wells Fargo Foundation AAPI Community Heroes Mural Project unveil! (April 27, 2022)
Mina and Siwoo 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!

Act to Change’s Youth Ambassador program (April 8, 2022) Anna, Charlee, Johann, Max, Mina and Siwoo 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. 

Time Kid of the Year – Meet the TOP 5! (Feb 2022) AAPI Youth Rising’s Mina!

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 Webber and Jaslene Lai 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.

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

Changemakers Summit 2021 (October 2021)
Mina, Aashi, Anna, Charlee, Siwoo, 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, Aashi, and Siwoo served as youth judges for the AAPI Community Heroes mural project.

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, Anna, and Siwoo 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.

National Childrens Campaign (September 2021)
Siwoo joined for an Instagram Live feed.

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

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.

Rallies

  • AAPI Youth Rising Rally in Berkeley, CA on March 9, 2021 – organizer
  • Act to Change Rally in San Francisco, CA on April 18, 2021 – speaker
  • March for our Elders Rally in San Francisco, CA on May 1, 2021 – speaker
  • AAPI Youth Actions Rally in Pasadena, CA on June 26, 2021 – speaker
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