AAPI Youth Rising

AAPI Youth Rising

AAPI Youth Rising (www.aapiyouthrising.org) is the only national, youth-led organization started by Asian American + Pacific Islander middle schoolers dedicated to elevating the voices of youth. Over the past few years, we have created a first-of-its kind platform for students to take small action to make positive change in our

AAPI Youth Rising

AAPI Youth Rising (www.aapiyouthrising.org) is the only national, youth-led organization started by Asian American + Pacific Islander middle schoolers dedicated to elevating the voices of youth. Over the past few years, we have created a first-of-its kind platform for students to take small action to make positive change in our communities. We do this by: • Volunteering to teach the untold histories of Asians in America. • We advocate for changes to our educational systems and beyond. • We create, write and make art. • We speak out. Our voices have been heard at the White House, Congress, state legislatures and nationwide organizations as we advocate for a brighter future for all. We came together in March 2021 when we organized a rally to bring awareness to the increase in xenophobia against Asians in America. To our surprise, over 1200+ community members attended our rally in Berkeley, California. Over fifteen of us spoke out that day. We read poems, shared allegories, and our voices were heard. Since then, we were inspired to keep going. We weren’t thinking about starting a movement. We were just a group of middle schoolers speaking out at a time when we thought no one was listening. Now we are excited to share that we are a nation-wide collective of student allies with nearly 100 chapters across 20+ states. We’re building a movement - one day, one classroom, and one student at a time.

About the Organization:

AAPI Youth Rising (www.aapiyouthrising.org) is the only national, youth-led organization started by Asian American + Pacific Islander middle schoolers dedicated to elevating the voices of youth. Over the past few years, we have created a first-of-its kind platform for students to take small action to make positive change in our communities. We do this by: • Volunteering to teach the untold histories of Asians in America. • We advocate for changes to our educational systems and beyond. • We create, write and make art. • We speak out. Our voices have been heard at the White House, Congress, state legislatures and nationwide organizations as we advocate for a brighter future for all. We came together in March 2021 when we organized a rally to bring awareness to the increase in xenophobia against Asians in America. To our surprise, over 1200+ community members attended our rally in Berkeley, California. Over fifteen of us spoke out that day. We read poems, shared allegories, and our voices were heard. Since then, we were inspired to keep going. We weren’t thinking about starting a movement. We were just a group of middle schoolers speaking out at a time when we thought no one was listening. Now we are excited to share that we are a nation-wide collective of student allies with nearly 100 chapters across 20+ states. We’re building a movement - one day, one classroom, and one student at a time.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

The Issue:

We all do it from time to time – make assumptions about other people based on stereotypes and misconceptions, judging others by their mannerisms, accents, physical characteristics, or religious beliefs. All too often, media feed and amplify these misconceptions, shaping the way societies view marginal and minority communities. Worse still, the stereotyping impulse can lead to prejudice, discrimination, hatred, and even violence toward those perceived as “different.”

The Solution:

The goal of Redefy is to "boldly defy stereotypes, embrace acceptance, redefine our perspectives positively, and create an active community." An organization “by teenagers for teenagers,” Redefy shares stories of discrimination, injustice, and struggle on its website and social media, and provides resources to schools across the US and around the world to prevent the development of hateful ideas, on the premise that “all hate stems from ignorance and that, through conversation and education, acceptance will prevail.” The organization was recognized by President Obama for its social justice work. Teen founder Ziad Ahmed says, “People are so much more multi-dimensional than one thing. It’s OK to be whoever you are.”

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