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SCF Graduation Fellows

Apply today to be a 2019 Seeding Change Fellow! Due January 21!

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement. Applications are due online on January 21, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST. Apply here.

About the Fellowship

The National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement is an intensive 8-10-week 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 over 100 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 3 to August 15, 2019, 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 2019 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 15 potential host organizations that are rooted in Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Potential Host organizations are located in California, the Midwest, Northeast, and North Carolina. They are working in Chinese, Khmer, Filipino, Hmong, and 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

Apply to the 2019 Fellowship Program.

For more information about the fellowship, visit the Fellowship FAQ page. You can also join us for an informational Q & A session on January 9, 2019.

Contact with any questions.

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SOUL 2016 National Youth Organizing Training Institute

Seeding Change is proud to co-sponsor the SOUL‘s 2016 National Youth Organizing Training Institute. Applications are due Friday, February 12, 2015.


West Coast: March 30, 31 & April 1 : Oakland, CA
Co-sponsored by: Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Chinese Progressive Association Youth MOJO, Coleman Advocates, Innercity Struggle & Seeding Change
To apply online: OAK individual application & OAK organizational application.
Apply by  2/12

East Coast Institute Applications coming soon!
Week of April 25-30 :: New York, NY

​​The INSTITUTE 2016, offered on both East & West Coasts, is an introductory organizing training for young organizers, young member leaders, and youth organizers from across the country.

Participants will come together to build their skills, exchange lessons learned, and strategize to fight and win justice for our communities. We’ll develop a solid and systematic orientation to the fundamentals of organizing, including base-building, campaign strategy, and leadership development. Rooted in current youth struggles, the INSTITUTE will provide a unique space for emerging leaders to engage with the challenges and opportunities of the current moment, to advance our organizations and to build a stronger movement.

Participants will receive SOUL’s youth organizing curriculum manual, as well as breakfast and lunch for all days of training. Training fees range from $200 to $690, and are determined on a sliding scale based on organizational budget. The training fee does not cover lodging expenses. The training fee does not cover lodging expenses.

Space for THE INSTITUTES is limited, so please do apply early!

:: Application Instructions ::

This application has two parts.

ORGANIZATIONAL APPLICATION. Organizational staff should complete this part of the application. Only one application per organization is required.

INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION. Each person who is applying to attend the National Youth Organizing Training Institute must complete this individual application.

Each application can be submitted separately, but BOTH applications must be submitted online by the due date in order to be considered.

Oakland Institute application deadline is February 12, 2015.
NEW YORK INSTITUTE week of April 25 :: Applications coming soon!

To apply online: OAK individual application & OAK organizational application.

For more information, assistance, or to discuss your application with us, please please call (510)451-5466 x217 or email SOUL at



SCF 2015 Class

Welcome the 2015 Seeding Change Fellows

Seeding Change is excited to welcome 26 young Asian American activists and organizers to be a part of the 2nd cohort of the National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement.

The fellowship 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 immigrant and low-income communities.

This year, we are excited grow the fellowship – expanding from 17 fellows and 7 sites in 2014 to 26 fellows in 2015. Fellows will be placed at 12 sites in 6 states.

Meet the Fellows

Next week, fellows will be gathering in the Bay Area for their orientation retreat. They will spend between 7 to 10 weeks with their local sites, getting to know the community, deepening their skills, 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; worker’s rights; youth leadership development; climate justice; and civic engagement.

Fellows will be working with:

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (Portland, OR)
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Oakland & Richmond, CA)
BPSOS Delaware Valley (Philadelphia, PA)
CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities (New York City, NY)
Chinese Progressive Association – Boston (Boston, MA)
Chinese Progressive Association – SF (San Francisco, CA)
DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center (New York City, NY)
Filipino Advocates for Justice (Oakland & Union City, CA)
Filipino Community Center (San Francisco, CA)
Khmer Girls in Action (Long Beach, CA)
Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change (New York City, NY)
VAYLA New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)

Learn more about the sites here


We Choose Resistance: Listen to the Call on Black & Asian Solidarity

Listen to the Call

Thank you for your interest in the We Choose Resistance: National Call on Black and Asian Solidarity. Thank you to our co-host Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter and our speakers Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac, Black Lives Matter; Scot Nakagawa, ChangeLab; Kabzuag Vaj, Southeast Asian Freedom Network and Freedom Inc.; Fahd Ahmed, DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center. Already, this call and this movement has sparked more conversations and actions across the country!

As you all listen to the call, we wanted to share a couple reflections. This growing movement has inspired and opened up space for new people to take action in support of Black liberation as central to our collective liberation. This is also historical. The Asian American movement and many of our grassroots organization were inspired by the Black liberation movement and do Black and Asian solidarity in our day-to-day work.

This is also an opportunity for us to examine how we show up for people who are invisibilized in our own community. As DRUM put out in their Questions to the Movement: “As we acknowledge black communities as a whole bearing the brunt of state violence, what members of our communities do we invisibilize due to multiple systems of oppression in our societies?” As Asian folks, we must ask ourselves: How do we show up for women, the poor, queer and transgendered folks? How do we show up for Arab and Muslim community and Southeast Asian communities who are primary targets of police and state violence in our own community? How do we show up and take the lead from folks in our own community? Showing up for Black Lives must also mean showing up for our own community.

Here are some of the next steps we want people to think about. This was put out on the call as well:

  1. ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE: Hold conversations and discussions at about anti-Black racism in your school, community and with your friends and family.
  2. DONATE to the Ferguson Legal Fund
  3. GET INVOLVED with a grassroots organization near you! We know that this is beyond just Mike Brown and Eric Warner – it is about indicting the entire system and how we do this solidarity work for the long haul. Here are some groups to consider around the country, Southeast Asian Freedom Network , CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, Desis Rising Up and Moving!, Providence Youth Students Movement, Freedom Inc., 1Love Movement, VAYLA, Khmer Girls in Action, Mekong, and APEN
  4. SHOW UP and TAKE ACTION: It is important for Asian American communities to show up for Black Lives and take the lead from Black communities. This also means engaging, reaching out and taking initiative. Stay up to date here: As mentioned above, we should also use this moment to talk about how to show up for folks marginalized in our own community, especially the Arab and Muslim community and Southeast Asian communities who are primary targets of police and state violence in our own community.
  5. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: We know these are not easy conversations to have in our movement and community but they are necessary. After you listen to the call, please send us your reflections, questions, and feedback to inform our next call. Send us a Facebook message and or Email

Some Guiding Questions for your conversations from DRUM, revised by ChangeLab



Photo Credit: Bay Area Solidarity


Asian American Solidarity Statements and Articles in Support of #blacklivesmatter

With the grand jury non-indictment of the police killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, Asian Americans across the country have been on the streets expressing our solidarity and having the deep and necessary conversations in our community. From San Francisco/Bay Area, Los Angeles to Madison, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence and DC, Asian Americans have been showing up and busting up the “model minority,” which is used to maintain white supremacy, anti-blackness and capitalism. We need a Model Minority Mutiny. We compiled the statements and articles on Asian Americans in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter as a resource and tool for activists and organizers.

Thank you to Ellen Choy and Christine Cordero for the suggestion to do this and helping us compile this list. We’ll keep this updated as much as possible. Please send us any statements or resources that we have missed. We plan to keep this up-to-date as much as possible. Email us at:





TUMBLRs/Facebook/Storify Pages



Photo Credit: “Your Asian Wasn’t Quiet



SOUL Summer Film Series

SOUL Summer Film Series presents:

Our Fighters, Our Living Legacies


FRIDAY JULY 18 7-9pm
The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St, SF

popcorn + drinks will be served!

Co-sponsored by: Seeding Change, Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth and POV.

From grassroots organizing and urban rebellion in Detroit to theoretical writing and political debate inside and outside the academy, 99 year-old Grace Lee Boggs evolved as an influential Chinese American philosopher and activist alongside the emergence of US labor, black power and civil rights movements. This powerful film reveals her unrelenting willingness to re-evaluate movement tactics in relation to constantly shifting conditions and her passionate wisdom about what is needed today. Watch the trailer here.

For RSVP or questions:, (510)451-5466 x217

Suggested donation: $5-25 :: No one turned away for lack of funds.

Come out for all three screenings!

7/24 8pm The Trials of Muhammad Ali :: 1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

7/31 7pm Free Angela & All Political Prisoners :: 518 Valencia St, SF

SOUL School Of Unity & Liberation
::: a school to build a movement :::


Seeding Change National Fellowship Launches

This June, Seeding Change is excited to welcome the first cohort of the National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement. The national fellowship expands on the Chinese Progressive Association’s Eva Lowe Fellowship for Social Justice, founded in 2010. Through Seeding Change, CPA is excited to grow the program nationally and partner with organizations that have worked in AAPI communities across the country. In its 5th year, the fellowship will expand to train 17 emerging Asian American leaders at 7 sites in 7 cities — including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Los Angeles, and Long Beach.

Meet the fellows

Learn more about the host sites

From June 16-20, Seeding Change will host a national retreat and orientation for the fellows in the Bay Area. Join Seeding Change and the Chinese Progressive Association in welcoming this year’s fellows at our annual fellowship program reception and for the Bay Area launch of Seeding Change.

National Fellowship Reception & Bay Area Launch of Seeding Change
June 19, 2014 – 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco Chinatown

Light Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to by Tuesday, June 17, 2014.


Grassroots APIs Rising

Grassroots APIs Rising is a new formation of grassroots AAPIs organizations to exchange and share best practices in organizing, civic engagement, multi-racial coalition building, youth and queer justice work, organizational development, and fundraising. The past two decades, grassroots organizations have brought new organizers and leaders into the movement, and have won effective organizing and electoral campaigns. As the fastest growing demographic in the US, AAPIs need to develop a unified strategy around the role of AAPIs in the broader social and economic justice movement on a national level.

Last summer, over 30 grassroots AAPI organizations and 120 organizers convened in New Orleans, Louisiana to explore the role of AAPIs within the current moment, how we organize and build power among AAPI communities, and how we can work in solidarity with other communities for social change. The convening engaged with local organizing groups and supported the growth of AAPI grassroots organizing and activism in the South. Grassroots APIs Rising plans to hold its next gathering in 2015.

The Coordinating Committee includes: Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) – Oakland, CA, AYPAL: Building API Community Power – Oakland, CA, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities – New York, NY, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) – San Francisco, CA, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) – Providence, MA, VAYLA – New Orleans, Louisiana. CPA, through Seeding Change, is currently providing coordinating support for the initiative.

Wei (on right) speaks at a panel about undocumented immigrants in Asian American communities. Wei is currently participating in the API Coaching Circle in the Bay Area.

Coaching Circle

Asian Pacific Islander Coaching Circle for Organizers

Union and community organizers bring passion, commitment and hard work to building the power of workers and community members to advocate for social justice. Young organizers, in particular, have always been an essential part of our social movements with their inspiring, creative energy and bold vision for our communities!

The API Coaching Circle for Organizers is designed to support young API community and labor organizers to thrive in their work for social and economic justice, to organize for the long haul, and to transform our communities and society towards justice, love, and equity!

Through the Coaching Circle, API organizers join a community of peers facilitated by a professional coach to:

  • Engage in inquiry about what is important to themselves and their lives
  • Celebrate their strengths and contributions
  • Acknowledge challenges of organizing for systemic change and honor what they are learning
  • Organize, live, and play with more sustainability and joy
  • Learn how to lead effectively

The API Coaching Circle for Organizers is a project of Seeding Change to support the development and leadership of young API organizers.

Learn more about coaching

Program Experience

Coaching is an empowering partnership rather than a “service” model. For people who are open to exploring their assumptions, taking an honest look at what holds them back, and choosing to be powerful even in the face of challenge, coaching will deliver extraordinary benefits to them.

Through the Coaching Circle, organizers will

  • Increase skillfulness in communication.
  • Practice tools to manage stress.
  • Explore frameworks to learn from change.

The Coach: Meet Stacy Kono

StacyKono coaches emerging community organizers to thrive in their work for the long haul. She organized immigrant women and youth at Asian Immigrant Women Advocates for ten years – on their national Garment Workers Justice Campaign and with their Youth Build Immigrant Power Project. She now works at Rockwood Leadership Institute, a national training organization for progressive leaders.

To learn more about the Coaching Circle, contact us at