API FORWARD

API FORWARD

API Forward’s mission is to develop, through education, civically-engaged, socially-responsible Asian American and Pacific Island leaders and professionals. We believe in a world where Asian American and Pacific Islanders have equal opportunities and are contributing to the well-being of their local communities. In order for belief to come alive, "belief"

API FORWARD

API Forward’s mission is to develop, through education, civically-engaged, socially-responsible Asian American and Pacific Island leaders and professionals. We believe in a world where Asian American and Pacific Islanders have equal opportunities and are contributing to the well-being of their local communities. In order for belief to come alive, "belief" needs to be put into action, with accountability and responsibility as our guideline. We are constantly finding ways to implement equity and accountability in leadership.

About the Organization:

API Forward’s mission is to develop, through education, civically-engaged, socially-responsible Asian American and Pacific Island leaders and professionals. We believe in a world where Asian American and Pacific Islanders have equal opportunities and are contributing to the well-being of their local communities. In order for belief to come alive, "belief" needs to be put into action, with accountability and responsibility as our guideline. We are constantly finding ways to implement equity and accountability in leadership.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Oregon • Washington

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Oregon • Washington

The Issue:

As much as we would like to see more representation of API leaders and are working hard to inspire the next generation to step up and step out, there's a missing link that's crucial in the development of human relationship. Model minority myth has been alive and well for such a long time, Asians became invisible. We have been invisible for quite some time and have been painted as a monolith. We need "US" to come together to break that bamboo ceiling. With current political climate, competitive job market and stress over professional development, disassociation with culture, cyber and social media bombarding, young professionals have lost the cultural connection that offers compassionate knowledge of our unique heritage, traditional mannerism, civic understanding and common sense that matters to us. They need friends, mental health support, and genuine caring and connection. They need mentors.

The Solution:

We have successfully launched a mentorship program for the Forward Leadership Program (FLP). The mentor for this FLP program is a community member who is willing to give their time to talk with a student and assist the student in achieving academic and career exploration goals. A mentor is a friend and guide who is a caring, responsible and helps to ensure the student develops important academic and life skills, is exposed to new opportunities and a wide array of resources and support to graduate the program with added knowledge of professional environment and new connection to workforce. Our solution to support the missing link is to create a longer term mentorship, an idea that's under-look and under-utilized that will mirror our current mentorship program. A program that allows API professionals to brainstorm and share support system via arts and cultural, business and mental health exploration workshops.

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