Apex for Youth

Apex for Youth

While Asian students represent 16% of NYC's public school population, less than 2% of city and foundation funding goes to Asian-led organizations, and 1 in 4 Asian-Americans live in poverty. These issues have only worsened through COVID. Apex works to address these socioeconomic opportunity gaps by supporting K-12th grade Asian

Apex for Youth

While Asian students represent 16% of NYC's public school population, less than 2% of city and foundation funding goes to Asian-led organizations, and 1 in 4 Asian-Americans live in poverty. These issues have only worsened through COVID. Apex works to address these socioeconomic opportunity gaps by supporting K-12th grade Asian and immigrant youth in the areas of education, health and well-being, and community engagement. Through academic, enrichment, sports, mental health, leadership, and activism programs, Apex youth become confident, college and career-ready individuals who give back to the community.

About the Organization:

While Asian students represent 16% of NYC's public school population, less than 2% of city and foundation funding goes to Asian-led organizations, and 1 in 4 Asian-Americans live in poverty. These issues have only worsened through COVID. Apex works to address these socioeconomic opportunity gaps by supporting K-12th grade Asian and immigrant youth in the areas of education, health and well-being, and community engagement. Through academic, enrichment, sports, mental health, leadership, and activism programs, Apex youth become confident, college and career-ready individuals who give back to the community.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

26-30 YEARS

The Issue:

Asian youth are often overlooked in conversations about social and economic justice due to the model minority myth, which paints Asian Americans as economically mobile, academically advantaged, and unaffected by racism and oppression. As the COVID-19 pandemic has proven, anti-Asian racism is very much alive in this country. 4,000 hate crimes against Asian Americans were reported between February 2020 and March 2021, and 78% of Apex youth surveyed report experiencing moderate to extreme anxiety as a result of COVID-19. Many parents are hesitating to send their children back to school for fear of racist bullying, despite a huge learning loss from over a year of online schooling. For our youth, who are mostly from low-income and immigrant families, these experiences have added considerable hardship to their lives. The stress and trauma from COVID must be addressed in order for our youth to lead fruitful lives in the future.

The Solution:

Apex’s proposed project would grow our racial justice and community activism programs for grades 6-12 to help our youth better cope with the after effects of COVID-19 through ensuring they are seen and heard in the fight for racial and economic justice. Funding would be used to hire a Social Justice Program Coordinator who would grow our current Youth Ambassador program and curriculum, as well as grow in our partnerships with Brown and Black youth in order to create a united youth cohort in the fight for justice. Our track record in empowering youth as leaders and activists in their community proves that we will be able to grow this work even further if provided the funding. We plan to continue implementing social justice projects like our Youth Conference and our community service projects, as well as grow our impact in order to involve even more youth and community members.

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