ASIAN AMERICANS FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (AACI)
AACI is Santa Clara County’s largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community. Our mission is to improve the health, mental health and well-being of individuals, families and the Asian community by:
1) Providing an array of high quality health and human services.
2) Sharing expertise about the Asian community’s needs and best service delivery practices.
3) Providing Asian leadership in advocating on key health and human services issues.
Formerly the Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement program (YLCE) of Vision New America (VNA), LEAD is now a program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). The core program has existed for 19 years and will continue to educate and inspire young students and provide meaningful and authentic learning and opportunities in leadership. The YLCE program officially came under the stewardship of AACI effective June 1, 2013, and evolved into LEAD on November 4, 2013. LEAD’s inaugural class was inducted on May 31, 2014.
Leaders for Education, Advocacy and Democracy (LEAD) works with high school and college youth to foster a strong sense of civic engagement and community leadership within underrepresented communities in the Bay Area. Students are selected from a pool of applicants to participate in a rigorous internship program that involves professional and leadership development, community organizing training, and a field internship with a partner office. They learn from a range of topics, such as professional writing, office etiquette, ethnic and racial history, critical thinking, public speaking, resume building, and project management. Additionally, they work throughout the internship to host a community event that puts their professional training into practice.
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (APALI)
APALI was established in 1997 to address the persistent civic engagement and social challenges faced by Asian Americans. Dr. Michael Chang, then the first Asian American to be Mayor of Cupertino, founded APALI as a part of De Anza College with strong support from the College administration, philanthropic leaders, and corporate partners. As an identifiable minority which is three-quarters first generation immigrants, Asian Americans account for only five percent of the US population and a history of being excluded in American society.
APALI seeks to encourage civic participation and contribute to community development, identity security, as well as addressing issues such as racial stereotypes, workplace/social glass-ceilings, and civic representation.
Through promoting civic engagement in government and non-profit sectors, APALI has a broad three-fold focus:
1) Community Building
2) Civic Representation
3) Closing Opportunity Gaps
ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS ASSOCIATION (APAPA)
The mission of APAPA is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development. Founded in 2001, APAPA has grown into a nationwide organization with over 20,000 members. APAPA has 21 chapters in California, Washington D.C., New York, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Washington and Massachusetts. The National Headquarters is located in Sacramento, CA.
As a grassroots, community-based, non-profit, non-political, non-partisan organization, APAPA focuses on increasing API civic participation at the local, state, and national level through voter registration and education, civic leadership programs including internships and scholarships for high school and college students, fellowship and mentorship for adults leading to appointive, judicial and elective offices.
To achieve the mission and goals, APAPA strives to empower APIs through:
1) Voter Development - Voter registration / education, town halls, forums, and public media
2) Leadership Development - Internships, scholarships, fellowship, and membership
3) Appointments - Judicial and political appointments at local, state and federal levels
4) Partnership and Outreach - to immigrants and diverse communities to provide financial, healthcare, job opportunity, Internet and other services