2019 Potential Host Sites

2019 Potential Host Sites (by region)

Below are brief descriptions of the potential host organizations for 2019. We encourage all fellowship applicants to check out the organizations’ websites and social media platforms to learn more about their work. The descriptions below are just a brief snapshot of each potential host organization. In the application, you will be asked to rank up to 3 host site placements.

*The list of Host Sites will be finalized through the fellowship application process.

California – Bay Area/Northern CA

Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Oakland and Richmond)
Accepting full-time fellows.

APEN believes that all people have a right to a clean and healthy environment in which their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. Towards this vision, APEN brings together a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. Through building an organized movement, we strive to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people. APEN’s membership base include Chinese immigrants and Lao, Mien, and Khmu refugees.

Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco)
Accepting full-time fellows.

Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people. CPA’s core strategies include organizing, leadership development, and alliance building. CPA’s membership base include Chinese immigrant adults and Chinese American youth who are organized through  the Tenant Worker Center and Youth MOJO. CPA has a rich history of worker organizing and leading local multi-racial alliances, including San Francisco Rising and the Progressive Workers Alliance. Other programs include: Gender Sexuality & Diversities, a queer & questioning space for Asian American high school youth; Common Roots: a joint program with PODER, which brings together Chinese and Latinx youth living in San Francisco.  

Filipino Community Center (San Francisco)
Accepting full-time & part-time fellows.

Since our humble beginnings in 2004 in an unused room at a neighborhood church, the Filipino Community Center (“FCC”) has blossomed into a vibrant, central hub of community activity, services, and political action for Filipino residents in the Excelsior District and throughout the City of San Francisco. The Filipino Community Center has conducted education, advocacy, organizing, and direct services to serve the more than 13,000 Filipino workers, unemployed and underemployed people, youth, women, and parents living in the Excelsior District. We stand for paninindigan, where social, cultural, political and economic rights are respected; where relationships are based on equality; and where people actively work for a just society. We believe in pakikibaka and self-determination, so that all people have decision making power in their lives, in the community in which they live and work, and in the larger society.

Hmong Innovating Politics (Sacramento)
Accepting full-time fellows (subject to change, please check back before submitting your application).

Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) is a grassroots organization whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. HIP envisions a California of empowered communities that thrive in a socially and economically just democracy. Since establishing in 2012, HIP has dedicated itself to organizing and mobilizing historically disenfranchised communities in support of systems change that reduces health disparities and dismantles institutions that perpetuate socioeconomic disparities. HIP’s work is rooted in 4 core strategies: (1) Civic Engagement and Mobilization; (2) Parent Engagement and Education Advocacy; (3) Youth Leadership; and (4) Social Justice and Coalition Building.

California – Southern California

API Equality (Los Angeles)*
Accepting full-time fellows & part-time fellows. 

Founded in 2005, API Equality-LA is an LGBTQ rights and racial justice organization building grassroots community power and organizing for change in the API community. Our coalition has brought together veteran and newer activists who represent the ethnic, linguistic, age, professional, and gender diversity in the Asian American community. Every year, our dedicated volunteers have one-on-one conversations with thousands of community members, participate in parades and protests, reach out to ethnic media, and organize educational events on a broad array of social justice issues of importance to API LGBTQ people. API Equality-LA’s mission is to build power in the Asian and Pacific Islander community to achieve LGBTQ equality and racial and social justice. We envision an inclusive, equitable, and just society where all API LGBTQ people can thrive.

* Fellows’ last day at their host sites is on August 9, 2019. However, the last day for fellows placed at API Equality will be on August 26, 2019. API Equality fellows will participate in the closing retreat before going back to the host site to wrap up. 

Khmer Girls in Action (Long Beach)
Accepting full-time fellows.

Khmer Girls in Action is a community-based organization whose mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for gender, racial and economic justice led by Southeast Asian young women. KGA builds the power and leadership skills of Southeast Asian youth in Long Beach, CA to fight for racial, economic and gender justice. We engage in organizing strategies and policy advocacy campaigns rooted in the resilience and strengths of low-income Khmer families, and responsive to the cultural and political conditions our community faces in Long Beach and beyond. We use a holistic youth development model that combines leadership development, academic/persona support, and arts and culture to support Khmer youth in engaging in movement building work to remove the barriers low-income families face in achieving our communities’ fullest potential.

Pilipino Workers Center of Southern CA (Los Angeles)
Accepting full-time fellows (subject to change, please check back before submitting your application).

All people and communities have the right to a healthy, dignified quality of life. Yet so many immigrants are working in jobs that cannot meet their basic needs and living in unhealthy environments because they are isolated, disempowered, and overwhelmed by their daily struggle to work and put food on the table. They become victims of wage theft, human trafficking, occupational safety hazards, unhealthy lifestyles and their own despair. PWC focuses on providing programs that help meet the immediate needs of workers and their families while at the same time building their leadership to take collective action for long last change.

Midwest

Founded in 1985, Asian Americans United’s mission is to build leadership in Asian American communities to build our neighborhoods and unite against oppression. AAU has worked in Philadelphia’s Asian American communities and in broader multiracial coalitions around quality education, youth leadership, anti-Asian violence, immigrant rights, and folk arts and cultural maintenance.

CAAAV – Organizing Asian Communities (New York)
Accepting part-time fellows.

CAAAV is a pan-Asian community-based organization that works to build the power of low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in New York City. CAAAV develops leadership in Asian communities to impact the policies and institutions that affect their lives and to participate in the broader movement for racial and economic justice.

Chinese Progressive Association (Boston)
Accepting full-time & part-time fellows.

The Chinese Progressive Association (Boston) is a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Our activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect our lives.

PrYSM (Providence)
Accepting full-time fellows (subject to change, please check back before submitting your application).

PrYSM organizes at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation by centering youth, female, queer, and people of color leadership in our campaigns, our organization, and our communities. PrYSM mobilizes queer Southeast Asian youth, families, and allies to build grassroots power and organize collectively for social justice.

Vietlead (Philadelphia)
Accepting full-time fellows.

VietLead, founded in September 2015, serves the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in Philadelphia and South Jersey. As descendents of a people impacted by war and trauma, we understand that our community is at different places ideologically, emotionally, and materially, so we must meet our community where they are at and utilize different methods in order to build unity towards social justice. Therefore, our mission is to provide services to meet the direct needs of our community while also providing political education, and organizing our community towards community-centered and -led solutions.

South

North Carolina Asian Americans Together (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Accepting full-time fellows.

North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in Raleigh, NC whose mission is to engage and empower the diverse Asian American communities across the state. Immigrants from Asian countries make up 30 percent of NC’s immigrant population. Between 2000 and 2016, NC’s Asian American population grew by 144% – the fastest rate among the Southern states and the second-fastest in the country. Through civic engagement, leadership development, youth empowerment, and grassroots organizing, NCAAT works closely with the community and its partners to broaden cultural, social, and political boundaries for Asian Americans in the unique context of NC and the US Southeast.