Below are brief descriptions of our potential host organizations for 2024.
We encourage you to learn more about the organizations by browsing their website and social media platforms. We match applicants to host organizations based on interests and skills.
Asian American Resource Workshop (Boston, MA)
The Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) is a political home for pan-Asian communities in Greater Boston. We are a member-led organization committed to building grassroots power through political education, creative expression, and issue-based and neighborhood organizing.
Asian Americans United (Philadelphia, PA)
From our beginning, AAU has had a particular focus on youth so that young people in our communities are supported to become individually, socially, and politically aware; to exercise their voice; and to participate in active struggles for justice. Through this work, we create generations of leaders who sustain, fight for, and give back to our communities.
Rising Voices (Detroit and Statewide, MI)
Our issues include youth and women empowerment, increased language access, revenue generation and increased resources for our communities especially for culturally competent health care, education, immigrants, and low-wage workers, particularly through this current pandemic.
Our theory of change includes multiple strategies for power, developing leadership and organizing capacity within Asian American communities and targeting Asian American women and young people in particular around relational organizing and political education will move local state and federal progressive policy and help elect progressive candidates to champion those issues. We believe that an election is an opportunity to increase engagement and build organizing relationships with our constituency, and that positive electoral and policy wins are one tool for empowering our communities. Election cycles are opportunities for leadership development and candidate recruitment through the organizing process.
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (Portland, OR)
APANO was founded in 1996 with significant support from the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization in Multnomah County under the principle that we are stronger together, and that our communities would benefit from more coordinated leadership particularly in areas of public policy advocacy. The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. We use our collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities.
Asian American Liberation Network (Sacramento, CA)
The Asian American Liberation Network’s mission is to build power in the Asian American community to advance social justice and collective liberation.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Richmond, Oakland, and Los Angeles CA)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
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 Advocates for Justice (Oakland, Daly City)
Filipino Advocates for Justice, formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action, was established in 1973 in response to the discrimination and alienation faced by the influx of immigrant newcomers from the Philippines. FAJ is grounded in the spirit of Bayanihan (people helping people). Over the years they have been an advocate for immigrant and civil rights for the Filipino community and served the more vulnerable in the Filipino community by helping recent arrivals, youth and low wage workers navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US. Today, Filipino Advocates for Justice uses a comprehensive approach to strengthening the Filipino community, implementing four main strategies: 1) civic engagement and advocacy; 2) leadership development; 3) capacity building for community organizations; and 4) direct services.
Accepting part-time fellows.
Khmer Girls in Action (Long Beach, CA)
Khmer Girls in Action’s mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for racial, gender, and economic justice led by Southeast Asian women and youth.
We envision a safe, healthy and just world where all people are free from oppression and are able to determine their lives and communities!
Pilipino Workers Center (Los Angeles, CA)
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.
South Bay Youth Changemakers, (Santa Clara County, CA)
South Bay Youth Changemakers is a non-profit community organization building Asian American youth power in the South Bay (Santa Clara County).
SBYC builds Asian American youth power by developing young leaders who organize for a more just and sustainable society. We strive to transform economic and social institutions to prioritize people over profit and shape our communities according to our collective needs and values.
Viet Rainbow of Orange County (Orange County, CA)
Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC) is a grassroots organization based in Orange County, California that builds community and mobilizes intergenerationally. We are grounded in values of equity, healing, joy, and social justice.
VROC strives to create a world where everyone has the resources and agency to thrive with dignity.
We primarily work with LGBTQ+ Vietnamese Americans and their loved ones through research, education, and advocacy, while also strengthening collective power alongside other communities working toward liberation.
VietRISE (Orange County, CA)
Founded in 2018, VietRISE is a community organization based in the heart of Orange County’s Little Saigon, home of the largest Vietnamese population in the world outside of Viet Nam. VietRISE advances social justice and builds power with Vietnamese and immigrant communities in Orange County. We build leadership and create systemic change through organizing, narrative change, cultural empowerment, and civic engagement.
Accepting part-time fellows.
Asian American Pacific Islander Civic Engagement (ACE) Collaborative of the New Virginia Majority Education Fund (Northern Virginia – Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington)
Asian American Pacific Islander Civic Engagement (ACE) Collaborative is a nonprofit, non-partisan program started by the New Virginia Majority Education Fund. ACE members are Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Mongolians, Kashmiris, Nepalis and Vietnamese and other Asian ethnicities. Our communities face issues with accessing housing, education, health care, job instability, discrimination and racism.
Our mission is to educate, mobilize and organize our communities and collectively address issues. ACE strategies are community education and organizing, leadership development, community education, grasstops and alliance building as well as civic engagement. ACE organizers identify, recruit, encourage and train Asian working-class leaders in Arlington to run and win campaigns to collectively address community needs including access to low cost housing, payment of unemployment, rental assistance, and eviction prevention, displacement, etc.
Accepting part-time fellows.