Asian American Federation

Asian American Federation

AAF is the largest Asian leadership organization in New York. We advocate for better policies, services, and funding, and ultimately, for justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants in the City’s poorest communities. For 32 years we've raised the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy,

Asian American Federation

AAF is the largest Asian leadership organization in New York. We advocate for better policies, services, and funding, and ultimately, for justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants in the City’s poorest communities. For 32 years we've raised the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support. We work with 70 member organizations to represent 1.4 million Asian New Yorkers on issues such as mental health, anti-Asian racism, economic development, civic engagement, and immigrant integration. Our efforts ensure our community remains visible, our needs addressed, our contributions valued, and our voices heard.

About the Organization:

AAF is the largest Asian leadership organization in New York. We advocate for better policies, services, and funding, and ultimately, for justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants in the City’s poorest communities. For 32 years we've raised the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support. We work with 70 member organizations to represent 1.4 million Asian New Yorkers on issues such as mental health, anti-Asian racism, economic development, civic engagement, and immigrant integration. Our efforts ensure our community remains visible, our needs addressed, our contributions valued, and our voices heard.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

Although Asian New Yorkers are the fastest-growing population in the City, making up 16 percent of the population, less than half of eligible AAPI voters turn out to vote. In 2016, a government survey showed that only 41 percent of Asian New Yorkers eligible to vote were registered. Even worse, only 31 percent of Asian registered voters turned out for the 2016 elections. That means that most Asian New Yorkers have no say in who governs them - not because they don't want to, but because systemic barriers prevent them from participating in civic life. Asians are given few materials in the languages they speak. Outreach to them is sporadic, and few are educated as to why engaging in civic life benefits them and their families. Thus, Asian New Yorkers are left out of crucial decisions that could impact them for years — and even generations — to come.

The Solution:

Our AAPI Power series is the only civic engagement campaign that is helping Asian New Yorkers play an active role in the civic life of the City. Our educational videos — made in the languages our communities speak — teach them how to have a say in the important decisions that affect their lives and families. By directly tackling the systemic barriers that prevent Asian Americans from becoming civically involved in their communities through this video series, we are making sure that Asian New Yorkers get their voices heard, get a deeper understanding of local government, empower emerging community leaders, and make our dream of a truly engaged AAPI community come true.

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