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Welcome our 2018 Seeding Change Fellows!

Seeding Change is thrilled to welcome 29 young Asian American activists and organizers to be a part of the 5th cohort of the National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement.

Meet the fellows here.

The fellowship program aims to grow the next generation of organizers by developing the leadership and skills of young Asian Americans who want to organize for social change in low-income immigrant and refugee communities.

This year, we are thrilled to be working in 13 host-sites and 11 cities, including: Asian Americans Advancing Justice- ChicagoAsian American Organizing Project, Asian Americans United, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Cambodian Association of Greater PhiladelphiaChinese Progressive Association – San Francisco, Hmong Innovating Politics, Khmer Girls in Action, North Carolina Asian Americans TogetherPilipino Workers Center of Southern California, VietLead, and Southeast Asian Coalition.

Learn more about the sites here.

This month, our fellows will be gathering in the Bay Area for their orientation retreat. They will then spend 8 to 10 weeks with their local sites all across the country — getting to know the local community and learning how grassroots communities organize, develop leadership, and build power to win. Fellows will work on key issues impacting grassroots immigrant communities, including: housing; workers rights; youth leadership development; climate justice; and civic engagement.

We are so excited to start building with this cohort of Asian American activists and organizers looking to make change.

Fellows at the 2016 Graduation

Apply Today to be a 2018 Seeding Change Fellow — Due 1/26/18 (extended)

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement. Applications are due online on January 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. Apply here. (Extended Deadline)

About the Fellowship

The National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement is an intensive 10-12-week, full-time volunteer program that develops the leadership of a new generation of activists and organizers who are deeply invested in building the power of and improving the lives of working-class Asian immigrant communities.

Since its launch in 2014, the Seeding Change Fellowship has graduated 93 fellows. Fellows have gone on to become staff, volunteers and activists with their host sites or other organizations in the fellowship network.

Read more about the fellowship program.

The fellowship program will run from June 4 to August 16, 2018, with two start dates for the cohorts. Fellows will be placed with a community-based organization, where they will spend at least 8-10 weeks, working with the organization, immigrant leaders, and the local community. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their skills from grassroots fundraising, outreach and education, organizing, and language skills. Fellows will also deepen understanding of community organizing and civic engagement. At the beginning of the program, fellows will also participate in a week-long training and orientation in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fellowship program closes with a week-long closing retreat in August.

Meet the 2018 Potential Host Sites

Our host organizations are grassroots community-based organizations that are leading local and national work on a range of issues from workers rights, immigrant rights, youth organizing, gentrification and displacement. This year, we have over 20 host organizations that are rooted in Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Host organizations are located in California, the Midwest, Northeast, and North Carolina. They are working in Chinese, Khmer, Filipino, Hmong, Muslim, South Asian, Vietnamese communities.

Fellows support organizations by:

  • conducting outreach and education in public housing, transit corridors, and working class neighborhoods
  • developed curriculum and conducted workshops for high school youth
  • providing education and services to community members through workers and tenant rights community clinics
  • organizing community festivals and climate justice march and convenings
  • working directly with and alongside youth and adult leaders

Learn more about the fellowship by meeting our 2017 fellows and host sites.

For more information about the fellowship, visit: http://www.seeding-change.org/programs/fellowship/

Contact apply@seeding-change.org with any questions.

Alex Tom and Makani Themba-Nixon at the DC Launch of Seeding Change

Introducing Seeding Change

Today, the Chinese Progressive Association is happy to launch of a new project: Seeding Change – A Center for Asian American Movement Building. Rooted in CPA’s 42 years of history of building grassroots movements from the ground up, Seeding Change grew from CPA’s 2013 strategic planning process.

Over the last 10 years, we have deepened our tenant and worker organizing, formed a new youth program, and built strong strategic alliances on a local level. AAPIs are now the fastest growing population in the county. In a time of economic and ecological crisis, the task before us is to advance our movement building work forging stronger connections between local and national work.

Seeding Change grows a national Asian American movement to promote a just, sustainable, and democratic society. Our key strategies include building a national pipeline for the next generation of AAPI organizers; creating an infrastructure for AAPI grassroots organizing; and experimenting with building power and scale for our movements toward a vibrant social and economic justice movement.

As a part of Seeding Change, this summer, we are thrilled to launch the National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement, which is based on CPA’s Eva Lowe Fellowship. In its pilot year, the national fellowship program will train 17 fellows at 7 sites in 7 cities. The fellowship program runs 10 weeks, with all fellows coming together for a week-long training and orientation June 16-June 20 in the Bay Area.

If you are in the Bay Area, join us at the Bay Area launch of Seeding Change and our annual fellowship reception on Thursday, June 19th.

Event Information:

Fellowship Reception & Bay Area Launch of Seeding Change
Thursday, June 19th | 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco Chinatown

Meet the fellows

How can you support? As a part of our work to launch Seeding Change, our grassroots fundraising goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of 2014. We hope you can help us achieve this goal to launch this exciting new project.

Thank you for your continued support as we launch this new project.