Asian American Professional Association

Asian American Professional Association

There are twice as many AAPIs in professional jobs yet we are grossly under-represented in leadership roles. There are plenty of challenges ahead of us to achieve equitable representation from job recruiting for the marginal minorities to senior management roles in corporations, government agencies, businesses and philanthropy. We are asking

Asian American Professional Association

Our work has significantly improved the lives of minority communities that we serve and it is clear that there is a need to continue to grow our impact as we have expanded our services nationwide. The success of our programs and partnerships have changed the lives of many including Quyen Ngo, one of the AAPA Mentees who commented, "My mentor, Vinh (Ngo) helped pivot my development skill to public speaking. Which did not go unnoticed by my boss. I was soon promoted to Team Lead. With additional guidance from Vinh and support from his connections, I later landed my current position as an Audit Manager. There is no doubt that AAPA has helped my career trajectory." Quyen is just one example of the 80% of graduates who’ve indicated that AAPA was instrumental in receiving their promotions. There are twice as many AAPIs in professional jobs yet we are grossly under-represented in leadership roles. There are plenty of challenges ahead of us to achieve equitable representation from job recruiting for the marginal minorities to senior management roles in corporations, government agencies, businesses and philanthropy. We are asking for your support so that AAPA can continue to provide programs to those we serve to enhance job skills, better navigate changing industry norms, and revamp career paths. Our goal is for those we help to use this crisis to permanently adapt and to emerge stronger. Our Impact:

About the Organization:

Our work has significantly improved the lives of minority communities that we serve and it is clear that there is a need to continue to grow our impact as we have expanded our services nationwide. The success of our programs and partnerships have changed the lives of many including Quyen Ngo, one of the AAPA Mentees who commented, "My mentor, Vinh (Ngo) helped pivot my development skill to public speaking. Which did not go unnoticed by my boss. I was soon promoted to Team Lead. With additional guidance from Vinh and support from his connections, I later landed my current position as an Audit Manager. There is no doubt that AAPA has helped my career trajectory." Quyen is just one example of the 80% of graduates who’ve indicated that AAPA was instrumental in receiving their promotions. There are twice as many AAPIs in professional jobs yet we are grossly under-represented in leadership roles. There are plenty of challenges ahead of us to achieve equitable representation from job recruiting for the marginal minorities to senior management roles in corporations, government agencies, businesses and philanthropy. We are asking for your support so that AAPA can continue to provide programs to those we serve to enhance job skills, better navigate changing industry norms, and revamp career paths. Our goal is for those we help to use this crisis to permanently adapt and to emerge stronger. Our Impact:

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

21-25 YEARS

The Issue:

Asian Americans represent 12% of the professional workforce, yet we are still grossly underrepresented with less than 1% in executive positions. There are many challenges to achieving equitable representation and as a response to the needs of minority communities to recover and rebuild, we’ve dedicated significant resources to expand services on pandemic responses for businesses, job opportunities for underserved communities, and practical training for individuals giving back through nonprofit board service. With more diverse professionals equipped with the skills and knowledge to be effective nonprofit board members, we’re creating more equitable representation across the board .

The Solution:

During the pandemic, we launched virtual IdeaTalks and hosted 14 events with over 521 attendees on a diverse range of topics that were community-informed and relevant to the social environment. We also partnered with Southern California Edison, SoCalGas, and community organizations to launch the Uplift Program to recruit and prepare 67 minority applicants for employment opportunities as bilingual in Asian languages Energy Advisors by providing one-on-one resume support and digital interview preparation. Our Board Leadership Program has also trained and developed over 200 individuals with over 60% of participants placed as effective board members of a nonprofit board.

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